The Complete Works of Xenophon

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In 'The Complete Works of Xenophon,' readers are afforded a comprehensive window into the rich tapestry of ancient Greek life, politics, and philosophy. This compilation embodies Xenophon's versatility as a writer, encompassing genres such as history, biography, and Socratic dialogue. The stylistic elegance of 'Anabasis' recounts his experiences with the Ten Thousand, while 'Cyropaedia' offers a semi-fictitious account of Cyrus the Great, blending history with didactic storytelling. The analytical works such as 'Hellenica' and 'Agesilaus' mark significant contributions to historical documentation of Classical Greece. Xenophon's practical treatises on subjects like economics and horsemanship reveal the breadth of his knowledge and his pedagogical inclinations, which are advanced in the lively philosophical debates of 'Memorabilia' and 'Symposium.' His detailed explorations into the political systems of the Lacedaemonians and Athenians provide insightful contrasts between oligarchic and democratic governance in the ancient world.

Xenophon, an Athenian born circa 430 BC, emerged as one of the most insightful historians and thinkers of his era. His works were largely influenced by his direct experiences as a soldier, a student of Socrates, and a leader during tumultuous times for Greece. His military expeditions, most notably the 'March of the Ten Thousand,' inform the vivid narrative of 'Anabasis,' while his proximity to Socratic circles is evident in his philosophical dialogues, which aim to defend and preserve the legacy of his mentor. Xenophon's diverse experiences granted him a unique perspective on governance, strategy, and the human condition, propelling him to document and advise on various aspects of life and statecraft in his writings.

Scholars and enthusiasts of classical antiquity will find 'The Complete Works of Xenophon' to be of immense value. It is recommended not only for its historical and philosophical significance but also for the rich literary tapestry it weaves. The texts within offer essential insights for understanding the socio-political landscapes of ancient Greece, while simultaneously inviting reflection on timeless themes of leadership, morality, and societal structure. For anyone seeking a deeper appreciation of Greek tradition and thought, Xenophon's writings are an indispensable treasure trove.


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Xenophon (c. 430 – 354 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, mercenary, and a contemporary of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of Greece. Xenophon's body of work provides a valuable eye-witness account to the social and military aspects of the Greek world in the late 5th and early 4th centuries BC. His best-known works include 'Anabasis,' which narrates the expedition of the Ten Thousand, a large Greek mercenary army that he led on behalf of a Persian prince against the Persian king; and 'Cyropaedia,' a historical romance on the education of the Persian king Cyrus the Great. He also produced 'Hellenica,' which is the primary source for events in Greece between 411 and 362 BC, and serves as a continuation of Thucydides's history. Xenophon's works are characterized by their clear and simple prose, as well as a practical approach to the matters he discusses. Through 'Memorabilia' and 'Oeconomicus,' he provides invaluable insights into the character and philosophy of his teacher, Socrates. As a literary figure, Xenophon is often seen as transitional between the heavily detailed style of Thucydides and the storytelling historical accounts that became popular in the Hellenistic period. His contribution to literature and philosophy, particularly in regards to his firsthand accounts of Socratic thought, military history, and daily life in ancient Greece, is a testament to his enduring significance in the classical canon (Xenophon, 'The Complete Works of Xenophon').

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 1710 Pages

Filesize: 1.8 MB

ISBN: 8596547394402

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