Corax (the teacher) and his private student, Tisias were reputedly the first Sophists. Like many young men with an appetite for the worldly success, Tisias sought training from Corax in the hope of being able to become wealthy by practicing the art of rhetoric/ persuasion in courts (like to become a  lawyer). Wishing to make sure he was not duped by his teacher, Tisias contracted to pay Corax only after he had actually won a law case. On this condition his training commenced and soon enough was over. Years went by, and Tisias brought no lawsuit against anyone. Corax had been willing to wait to be paid, but not forever, so he brought a suit against Tisias to recover his fee.

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