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Deipnosophistae

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The Deipnosophistae is an early 3rd-century AD Greek work (Δειπνοσοφισταί, Deipnosophistaí, lit. "The Dinner Sophists/Philosophers/Experts") by the Greek author Athenaeus of Naucratis. It is a long work of literary, historical, and antiquarian references set in Rome at a series of banquets held by the protagonist Publius Livius Larensis for an assembly of grammarians, lexicographers, jurists, musicians, and hangers-on. Title The Greek title Deipnosophistaí (Δειπνοσοφισταί) derives from the combination of (δειπνο-, "dinner") and sophistḗs (, "expert, one knowledgeable in the arts of ~"). It and its English derivative s thus describe people who are skilled at dining, particularly the refined conversation expected to accompany Greek symposia. However, the term is shaded by the harsh treatment accorded to professional teachers in Plato's Socratic dialogues, which made the English term into a pejorative. In English, Athenaeus's work usually known by its Latin form Deipno
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