The History of Xenophon

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In 'The History of Xenophon,' DigiCat compiles the eminent Greek philosopher and historian's essential historical works, including 'Anabasis,' 'Cyropaedia,' and 'Hellenica.' Not merely a chronicle of events, Xenophon's oeuvre navigates the intricate interplay of power, politics, and military campaign. In literary terms, the collection showcases Xenophon's prowess in narrative clarity and moral reflection within the context of classical historiography. His 'Anabasis,' a seven-volume epic, exemplifies literary artistry juxtaposed with raw historical detail, as it recounts the Ten Thousand's arduous journey and their leader's own experience. 'Hellenica' seamlessly continues where Thucydides left, documenting the significant historical phase post the Peloponnesian War. Lastly, 'Cyropaedia' transcends its biographical genre, presenting an idealized ruler concept that influenced a plethora of later didactic literature.

Xenophon, a student of Socrates and a literary contemporary of Plato, brings a unique philosophical undercurrent to his historical works. With a life spanning from circa 430 to 354 BC, his direct participation in the events he describes, notably in 'Anabasis,' is a testament to his credibility and vivid first-hand account. His personal retreat to a Spartan estate and introspective writing lend intimate insights into the era's socio-political landscape. His philosophy interwoven in his narrative reveals not only the events but also the ethos and values of the time. Spearheading the concept of the benevolent despot in 'Cyropaedia,' Xenophon was a forerunner of the Renaissance 'mirrors for princes' motif, thereby dynamically affecting the course of Western political thought.

This assembled collection is indispensable for aficionados of classical literature, history scholars, and philosophy enthusiasts alike, offering a panoramic view of Greek antiquity through the lens of one of its most instrumental figures. Ideal for both the seasoned classicist and the amateur historian, 'The History of Xenophon' bestows upon its readers the rewarding task of exploring the complexities of human governance, the gravity of war, and the philosophical musings that underpin the narrative of history itself. As Xenophon's works continue to enlighten, they remain not only relevant but also revealing of the perennial struggles and triumphs of humanity.

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Xenophon (circa 430–354 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, mercenary, and a disciple of Socrates. As a historian, Xenophon is known for his works on the history of his own times, the sayings of his master Socrates, and the life in ancient Greece. Notably, he authored 'Anabasis,' which recounts the adventures of the Ten Thousand, a group of Greek mercenaries hired by Cyrus the Younger in an attempt to seize the Persian throne. This work is also mentioned as 'The History of Xenophon' and is a classic within military literature, often cited for its vivid description of soldier life and for its lessons on leadership and persistence. Xenophon's writing style is straightforward and practical, often characterized by his clear diction and vivid detail, and is marked by an emphasis on providing moral lessons and promoting virtuous conduct. Aside from 'Anabasis,' his notable works include 'Hellenica,' which serves as a continuation of Thucydides' 'History of the Peloponnesian War' and provides an account of Greek history from 411 to 362 BC, and 'Cyropaedia,' a partly historical, partly fictional biography of Cyrus the Great. Additionally, Xenophon's 'Memorabilia' defends Socrates against the charges that led to his trial and execution. Xenophon's works have been invaluable to historians for their insights into Greek culture, and his philosophic texts contribute to our understanding of Socratic thought.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 1014 Pages

Filesize: 1.1 MB

ISBN: 8596547394396