The Life and Legacy of Socrates

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As a student of Socrates, Xenophon, like Plato, is an authority on Socrates. Except for the dialogues of Plato, Xenophon's writings are the only surviving representatives of the genre of Socratic dialogue. These works include Xenophon's Apology, Memorabilia, Symposium, and Economist. The Symposium outlines the character of Socrates as he and his companions discuss what attribute they take pride in. In Economist, Socrates explains how to manage a household. Both the Apology and Memorabilia defend Socrates' character and teachings. The former is set during the trial of Socrates, essentially defending Socrates' loss and death, while the latter is a defense of Socrates, explaining his moral principles and that he was not a corrupter of the youth. Content: Introduction: The Life of Socrates Socrates According to Xenophon: Memorabilia Apology The Economist Symposium Hiero


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Xenophon (circa 430 – 354 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, and student of Socrates. As a historian, Xenophon is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of ancient Greece. His most famous works include 'Anabasis', his account of the expedition of Cyrus the Younger and the retreat of the Ten Thousand, 'Hellenica', which is a continuation of Thucydides's history up to the Battle of Mantinea, and 'Cyropaedia', an imaginative account of Cyrus the Great's education and reign. His literary style is straightforward and practical; it is marked by clarity and lacks the ornamentation that was common among many of his contemporaries. Xenophon's 'The Life and Legacy of Socrates' stands out as a significant contribution to Socratic literature and provides a complementary view of the philosopher that differs from that of Plato, whom Xenophon had known personally. In this work, Xenophon offers personal reminiscences and a portrayal of Socrates's ethical teachings, emphasizing his practical wisdom and his method of inductive reasoning. Through his writings, Xenophon became one of the primary sources of information on Socratic philosophy, and his works continue to be studied for their historical and philosophical value. His contributions to literature and the understanding of Greek culture are considered invaluable by scholars and historians.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 502 Pages

Filesize: 864.2 KB

ISBN: 8596547721642

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