The Education of Cyrus

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Wayne Ambler
Cornell University Press, Jul 12, 2001 - Fiction - 304 pages
4 Reviews

Xenophon's masterpiece, The Education of Cyrus, is a work that was admired by Machiavelli for its lessons on leadership. Also known as the Cyropaedia, this philosophical novel is loosely based on the accomplishments of Cyrus the Great, founder of the vast Persian Empire that later became the archrival of the Greeks in the classical age. It offers an extraordinary portrait of political ambition, talent, and their ultimate limits.

The writings of Xenophon are increasingly recognized as important works of political philosophy. In The Education of Cyrus, Xenophon confronts the vexing problem of political instability by exploring the character and behavior of the ruler. Impressive though his successes are, however, Cyrus is also examined in the larger human context, in which love, honor, greed, revenge, folly, piety, and the search for wisdom all have important parts to play.

Wayne Ambler's translation captures the charm and drama of the work while also achieving great accuracy. His introduction, annotations, and glossary help the reader to appreciate both the engaging story itself and the volume's contributions to philosophy.


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User Review  - Robin Rivers - Goodreads

Greek philosophy is a lot of work to read. I got through this, and have lots of questions that need more reading to answer. Xenophon is interesting as he dealt with Persian culture applying a Greek ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy Egerer - Goodreads

I've believed for a long time now that becoming a great man means studying the lives of great men; and if antiquity all the way from Roman times to the Enlightenment agrees with me that Cyrus is worth ... Read full review


Xenophons Education of Cyrus
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About the author (2001)

Wayne Ambler is Associate Professor and Faculty member of the Herbst Program of Humanities for Engineers at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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