Why he submitted to a discipline palpably unsuited to his fiery spirit we cannot tell.
I say that such a claim is palpably absurd.
Excellent as a statement of the aim and method of Isocrates, and tolerable as a statement of those of Gorgias, these phrases are inexact if applied to Protagoras, who, making " civic virtue " his aim, regarded statesmanship and administration as parts of " civic virtue ", and consequently assigned to oratory no more than a subordinate place in his programme, while to the eristics - whose existence is attested not only by Plato, but also by Isocrates and Aristotle - and to Socrates - whom Grote himself accounts a sophist - the description is plainly and palpably inappropriate.
The one was a conquest by a people whose tongue and institutions were still palpably akin to those of the English.
The other was a conquest by a people whose tongue and institutions were palpably different from those of the English.