Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry

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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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Biographical Note

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-André 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

Table of contents

CONTENTS

Preface ............................................................................................................................. iv

Abbreviations................................................................................................................... v

Introduction....................................................................................................................... 1
Fiona Hobden & Christopher Tuplin

1. ‘Staying up late’. Plutarch’s reading of Xenophon .................................................30
Philip Stadter

2. The Renaissance reception of Xenophon’s Spartan Constitution. Preliminary observations ..............................................................................................................45
Noreen Humble

3. A delightful retreat. Xenophon and the picturesque .................................................72
Tim Rood

4. Strauss’s Xenophon...................................................................................................99
David Johnson

5. Defending dēmokratia. Athenian justice and the trial of the Arginusae generals
in Xenophon’s Hellenica..........................................................................................129
Dustin Gish

6. Timocrates’ mission to Greece -- once again...........................................................169
Guido Schepens

7. Three defences of Socrates. Relative chronology, politics and religion...................192
Michael Stokes

8. Xenophon on Socrates’ trial and death ....................................................................210
Robin Waterfield

9. Mind the gap. A ‘snow lacuna’ in Xenophon’s Anabasis?.......................................238
Shane Brennan

10. Historical agency and self-awareness in Xenophon’s Hellenica and Anabasis........262 Sarah Brown Ferrario

11. Spartan ‘friendship’ and Xenophon’s crafting of the Anabasis................................ 290
Ellen Millender

12. A spectacle of Greekness. Panhellenism and the visual in Xenophon’s
Agesilaus....................................................................................................................328
Rosie Harman

13. The nature and status of sophia in the Memorabilia..................................................349
Louis-André Dorion

14. Why did Xenophon write the last chapter of the Cynegeticus?..................................367
Louis L’Allier

15. Best of the Persians. Benevolence, self-interest and the ‘ironic’ reading of
Cyropaedia.................................................................................................................384
Gabriel Danzig

16. Pheraulas is the answer, what was the question? (You cannot be Cyrus.).................414
John Henderson

17. Virtue and leadership in Xenophon. Ideal leaders or ideal losers?.............................432
Melina Tamiolaki

18. Does pride go before a fall? Xenophon on arrogant pride..........................................454
Lisa Irene Hau

19. Xenophon and the Persian kiss....................................................................................470
Pierre Pontier

20. The wonder of freedom. Xenophon on slavery...........................................................487
Emily Baragwanath

21. Economic thought and economic fact in the works of Xenophon........................ .....514
Thomas J. Figueira

22. The philosophical background of Xenophon’s Poroi.................................................532
Stefan Schorn

23. Strangers incorporated. Outsiders in Xenophon’s Poroi............................................560
Joseph Jansen

Index............................................................................................................................

Readership

Classicists and historians of classical antiquity, especially those working on historiography, moral philosophy or the political and intellectual history of the fourth century BC.

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