The Elizabethan rhetorician Abraham Frannce, whose Arcadian Rhetorike repeatedly draws from Homer for examples of scoffing, ironic, or otherwise eristic
tropes, attributes the "sharpe voice" that Achilles assumes towards Agamemnon in the opening book of the Iliad to his "bitter, angrie, cholerike, and furious" character (1950, 107-08).
Pigman, 23, examines emulation as eristic
16) Likewise, although the Stranger had distinguished open from secret and competition from capture in his definition of angling as a kind of hunting, he now points out that the sophist can be seen to be a kind of eristic competitor in speeches as well as a hunter and merchant.
18) Because he regularly refutes his interlocutors in short speeches in private, Socrates might appear to be an eristic competitor.
Later teachers of eristic argument, like the brothers Socrates encounters in the Euthydemus, were not so modest.
Parmenides' exhibition of eristic argumentation in which first the affirmative and then the negative of the proposition "one is" is refuted was considered to be a sophisticated joke by members of the early academy, especially the skeptics.
Ordinary Athenians like Crito thus conclude that eristic argumentation constitutes a futile exercise that may even be detrimental to the formation of a good character.
He was young and eristic at the time of composition.