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, GORGE (Fopy??), a daughter of Oeneus and Althaea, and the wife of Andraemon. When Artemis metamorphosed her sisters into birds, on account of their unceasing lamentations about their brother Meleager, Gorge and Deianeira alone were spared. (Anton. lib. 2 ; Ov. Met. viii. 532 ; Apollod. i. 8. §§ 3, 5.) According to Apollodorus, she became the mother of Tydeus by her own father. Her son Thoas led the Aetolians against Troy. One of the Danaides likewise bore the jname of Gorge. (Apollod. ii. 1. § 5.) [L. S.]
GORGIAS (Fopyias), one of Alexander's officers, was among those who were brought reluctantly from Macedonia by Amyntas, son of Andro-menes, when he was sent home to collect levies in b.c. 332. (Curt. vii. l,ad fin. ; see Vol. I. p. 155, b.) Gorgias was one of the commanders left by Alexander in Bactria to complete the reduction of the Bactrian insurgents, and to check further rebellion, while the king himself marched to quell the revolt in Sogdiana, b. c. 328. (Arrian, Anab. iv. 16.) He accompanied Alexander in his Indian expedition, and, together with Attalus and Meleager, commanded the mercenaries at the passage of the Hydaspes against Porus in b.c. 326. (Arrian, Anab. v. 12 ; comp. Curt, viii, 13 ; Plut. Aletx. 60 ; Diod. xvii. 87, &c.) This is perhaps the same Gorgias whose name occurs in Justin (xii. 12) among the veterans whom Alexander sent home under Craterus in b. c. 324 ; and, in that ease, he must be distinguished from the Gorgias who is mentioned by Plutarch (Eum. 7) as one of the officers of Eumenes in his battle against Craterus and Neoptolemus in Cappadocia, in b.c. 321. [E.E.]
GORGIAS (Topyias), of Leontini, a Chalci-dian colony in Sicily, was somewhat older than the orator Antiphon (born in b. c. 480 or 479), and lived to such an advanced age (some say 105, and others 109 years), that he survived Socrates, though probably only a short time. (Quintil. iii. 1. § 9; comp. Xenoph. Anab. ii. 6. § 16; H. Ed. Foss, de Gorgia Leontino, Halle, 1828, p. 6, &c.; J. Geel, Histor. Grit. Sophistarum, in the Nova ActaLiterariaSocietatisRheno-Trajectinae, ii. p. 14.) The accounts which we have of personal collisions between Gorgias and Plato, and of the opinion which Gorgias is said to have expressed respecting Plato's dialogue Gorgias (Athen. xi. p. 505), are doubtful. We have no particular information respecting the early life and circumstances of Gorgias, but we are told that at an advanced age, in b. c. 427, he was sent by his fellow-citizens as ambassador to Athens, for the purpose of soliciting its protection against the threatening power of Syracuse. (Diod. xii. 53 ; Plat. Hipp. Maj. p. 282; Timaeus, ap. Dionys. Hal. Jud. Lys. 3.) He seems to have returned to Leontini only for a short time, and to have spent the remaining years of his vigorous old age in the towns of Greece Proper, especially at Athens and the Thessalian Larissa, enjoying honour everywhere as an orator and teacher of rhetoric. (Diod. L c.; Plut. de Socrat. JDaem. 8 ; Dionys. 1. c.; Plut. Hipp. Maj. p. 282, b., Gorg. p. 449, b., Meno, p. 71, Protag. pp. 309, 315; comp. Foss, p. 23, &c.) Silvern ( Ueber Aristoph. Vogel, p. 26, in the Memoirs of the Royal Acad. of Berlin) endeavoured to prove that Gorgias and his brother Herodicus, a physician of some note, settled at Athens, but there is not sufficient evidence for this opinion. As Gorgias did not go as ambassador to Athens till after the death of Pericles, and as we
have no trace of an earlier journey, we must reject the statement that the great Athenian statesman and the historian Thucydides were among his disciples. (Philostr. Vit. Soph. p. 493, Epist. 13, p. 919 ; comp. Dionys. Hal. Epist. ad Pomp. 2, Jud. de Thucyd. 24.) But his Sicilian oratory, in which he is said to have excelled Tisias, who was at Athens at the same time with him, perhaps as ambassador from Syracuse (Pans. vi. 7. § 8; Plat. Phaedr. p. 267), must have exercised a considerable influence even upon eminent men of the time, such as Agathon, the tragic poet, and the rhetorician Isocrates. (Plat. Symp. p. 198 ; Dionys. Hal. de Isocrat. 1, de Compos. Verb. 23; Isocrat. Panaih. i. p. 334, ed. Lange.) Besides Polus, who is described in such lively colours in the Gorgias of Plato, Alcibiades, Critias, Alcidamas, Aeschines, and Antisthenes, are called either pupils or imitators of Gorgias. (Philostr. p. 493, &c., comp. p. 919; Dionys. de Jsaeo, 19 ; Diog. Laert. ii. 63, vi. 1.)
In his earlier years Gorgias was attracted, though not convinced, by the conclusions to which the Eleatics had come: but he neither attempted to refute them, nor did he endeavour to reconcile the reality of the various and varying phaenomena of the world with the supposition of a simple, eternal, and unchangeable existence, as Empedo-cles, Anaxagoras, and the atomists had done. On the contrary, he made use of the conclusions of the Eleatics, for the purpose of proving that there was nothing which had any existence or reality ; and in doing this he paid so much attention to externals, and kept so evidently appearance alone in view, instead of truth, that he was justly reckoned among the sophist*. His work, On Nature, or On tliat which is not, in which he developed his views, and which is said to have been written in b. c. 444 (Olympiod. in Plat, Gorg. p. 567, ed. Routh.), seems to have been lost at an early time (it is doubtful whether Galen, who quotes it, Opera, vol. i. p. 56, ed. Gesner, actually read it); but we possess sufficient extracts from it, to form a definite idea of its nature. The work de Xenoph. Gorgia et Melisso, ascribed to Aristotle or Theophrastus, contains a faithful and accurate account of it, though the text is unfortunately very corrupt: Sextus Empiricus (adv. Math. vii. 65, &c.) is more superficial, but clearer. The book of Gorgias was divided into three sections: in the first he endeavoured to show that nothing had any real existence ; in the second, that if there was a real existence,-it was beyond man's power to ascertain it; and in the third, that existence could not be communicated, even supposing that it was real and ascertainable. The first section, of which we have a much more precise and accurate account in the Aristotelian work than in Sextus Empiricus, shows on the one hand that things neither are nor are not, because otherwise being and not being would be identical; and on the other hand, that if there were existence, it could neither have come to be nor not come to be, and neither be one nor many. The first of these inferences arises from an ambiguity in the use of the term of existence; the second from the fact of Gorgias adopting the conclusion of Melissus, which is manifestly wrong, and according to which existence not having come to be is infinite, and—applying Zeno's argument against the reality of space—as an infinite has no existence. Gorgias further makes bad use of another