The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians

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Sprache - Englisch

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"The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians" presents a quick overview of Sparta and Athens, outlining their natures and political systems. The book offers excellent insights into the Athenian democracy and compares it with the political order of Sparta, which could be described as "communist" today. It is perfect for anyone taking history lessons or interested in the Antique period.

About the Author

Xenophon, an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, and a disciple of Socrates, is a figure of considerable historical significance. Born in Athens around 430 BCE, to a family of the equestrian class, he was a contemporary of the Peloponnesian War. Xenophon's extensive writings offer penetrating insights into Greek military affairs, philosophy, and daily life. Among his well-known works, 'The Anabasis' documents his participation in the expedition of Cyrus the Younger against the Persian king Artaxerxes II and the ensuing harrowing retreat of the Greek mercenaries, known as the Ten Thousand, after Cyrus's death. His 'Cyropaedia' is a didactic biography of Cyrus the Great, which presents ideal leadership and the education of a ruler. 'The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians' is a text that contrasts the governmental systems of Athens and Sparta, providing a valuable account of the social, military, and political practices of two prominent Greek city-states. Xenophon's work is characterized by clear, direct expression, and a practical approach to philosophical issues. His expertise in horsemanship led him to pen 'On Horsemanship,' an illuminating treatise on horse care and cavalry tactics. Xenophon's oeuvre offers a unique perspective on Greek culture and continues to be studied for its historical and literary significance. His straightforward prose style has been influential, marking him as one of the fathers of the 'realist' tradition in historiography.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 49 Pages

Filesize: 379.2 KB

ISBN: 8596547045878