Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry

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Fiona Hobden, Christopher Tuplin
BRILL, Aug 28, 2012 - History - 791 pages
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Xenophon s personal history was exceptional for its combination of Socratic education and the exercise of military leadership in a time of crisis. His writings provide an intellectually and morally consistent response to his times and to the issue of ethical but effective leadership, and they play a special role in defining our sense of the post-Athenian-Empire Greek world. Recent Xenophontic scholarship has established the general truth of these claims. The current volume will not only reinforce them but also contribute to greater understanding of a voice that is neither simply ironic nor simply ingenuous and of a view of the world that is informed by an engagement with history.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Plutarchs Reading of Xenophon
43
Preliminary Observations
63
Xenophon and the Picturesque
89
4 Strauss on Xenophon
123
Athenian Justice and the Trial of the Arginusae Generals in Xenophons Hellenica
161
6 Timocrates Mission to GreeceOnce Again
213
Relative Chronology Politics and Religion
243
14 Why Did Xenophon Write the Last Chapter of the Cynegeticus?
477
Benevolence SelfInterest and the Ironic Reading of Cyropaedia
499
16 Pheraulas Is the Answer What Was the Question? You Cannot Be Cyrus
541
Ideal Leaders or Ideal Losers?
563
18 Does Pride Go before a Fall? Xenophon on Arrogant Pride
591
19 Xenophon and the Persian Kiss
611
Xenophon on Slavery
631
21 Economic Thought and Economic Fact in the Works of Xenophon
665

8 Xenophon on Socrates Trial and Death
269
A Snow Lacuna in Xenophons Anabasis?
307
10 Historical Agency and SelfAwareness in Xenophons Hellenica and Anabasis
341
11 Spartan Friendship and Xenophons Crafting of the Anabasis
377
Panhellenism and the Visual in Xenophons Agesilaus
427
13 The Nature and Status of sophia in the Memorabilia
455
22 The Philosophical Background of Xenophons Poroi
689
Outsiders in Xenophons Poroi
725
Index of Names
761
Thematic Index
772
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About the author (2012)

Fiona Hobden is Senior Lecturer in Greek Culture at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of "The Symposion in Ancient Greek Society and Thought" (forthcoming), and also works on aspects of Athenian culture and on Classical Reception. Christopher Tuplin is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Liverpool. He has published extensively in the fields of Classical Greek history and Achaemenid Studies, with a special interest in both cases in the work of Xenophon. Contributors: Emily Baragwanath, Shane Brennan, Gabriel Danzig, Louis-Andr Dorion, Sarah Ferrario, Thomas Figueira, Dustin Gish, Rosie Harman, Lisa Hau, John Henderson, Noreen Humble, Joseph Jansen, David Johnson, Louis L'Allier, Ellen Millender, Pierre Pontier, Timothy Rood, Guido Schepens, Stefan Schorn, Philip Stadter, Michael Stokes, Melina Tamiolaki, Robin Waterfield