Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Inquiry

Hobden, Fiona and Tuplin, Christopher eds. (2012). Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Inquiry. Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity, 348. Leiden: Brill.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004234192


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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