Plato and Xenophon

Comparative Studies

Plato and Xenophon are the two students of Socrates whose works have come down to us in their entirety. Their works have been studied by countless scholars over the generations; but rarely have they been brought into direct contact, outside of their use in relation to the Socratic problem. This volume changes that, by offering a collection of articles containing comparative analyses of almost the entire range of Plato's and Xenophon's writings, approaching them from literary, philosophical and historical perspectives.

Login via Institution

Prices from (excl. VAT):

Add to Cart
Gabriel Danzig, PhD (1997) Hebrew University, Senior Lecturer at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of Socratic Dialogues (Heb.) and Apologizing for Socrates (Eng.) and many articles on Plato, Xenophon and Aristotle.
David Johnson PhD (1996) Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures, and International Trade – Classics Section, College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dave is the author of Socrates and Athens (CUP) and numerous articles on Xenophon.
Donald Morrison, Ph.D. (1983) Princeton, is Professor of Philosophy at Rice University. He is the author of Bibliography of Editions, Translations, and Scholarly Commentary on Xenophon's Socratic Writings, 1600-present (Mathesis, 1988), and many articles on Xenophon, Plato, and Aristotle.

Contributors are: William H.F. Altman, Carol Atack, Fiorenza Bevilacqua, Olga Chernyakhovskaya, Gabriel Danzig, Louis-André Dorion, Lowell Edmunds, Noreen Humble, Katarzyna Jazdzewska, David Johnson, Genevieve Lachance, Christopher Moore, Francesca Pentassuglio, James Redfield, Alessandro Stavru, Melina Tamiolaki, David Thomas, C. J. Tuplin, T. A. van Berkel, Roslyn Weiss.
"This volume is a landmark of how far the new wave in Socratic studies has traveled. At the same time, it presents an opportunity to assess how much of the remaining so-called Socratic problem resists dissolution. This will be a collection of interest to all scholars working in Socratic studies and a necessary addition to any research library." - Vincent Renzi, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2019.06.32
"[T]hese essays offer much to the students of Xenophon, Plato and other Socratics. (...) Morrison provides a helpful index of places. The result well justifies the price." - David J. Murphy, in: CJ-Online, 2019.11.03
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors
Introduction to the Comparative Study of Plato and XenophonGabriel Danzig
Introduction to This VolumeDavid Johnson

Part 1 Methods

Comparative Exegesis and the Socratic ProblemLouis-André Dorion
Xenophon’s Intertextual SocratesDavid Johnson
Division and Collection: A New Paradigm for the Relationship between Plato and XenophonWilliam H.F. Altman
Xenophon and the SocraticsJames Redfield
Xenophon on “Philosophy” and SocratesChristopher Moore
Xenophon and the Elenchos: A Formal and Comparative AnalysisGenevieve Lachance

Part 2 Ethics

Laughter in Plato’s and Xenophon’s SymposiaKatarzyna Jazdzewska
Socrates’ Physiognomy: Plato and Xenophon in ComparisonAlessandro Stavru
Xenophon’s Triad of Socratic Virtues and the Poverty of SocratesLowell Edmunds
Pity or Pardon: Responding to Intentional Wrongdoing in Plato, Xenophon, and AristotleRoslyn Weiss
Mechanisms of Pleasure according to Xenophon’s SocratesOlga Chernyakhovskaya
Plato, Aristotle and Xenophon on the Ends of VirtueGabriel Danzig
Socrates Erotikos: Mutuality, Role Reversal and Erotic Paideia in Xenophon’s and Plato’s SymposiaFrancesca Pentassuglio
Socratic Economics and the Psychology of MoneyT.A. van Berkel

Part 3 From Friendship to Politics

Xenophon’s Conception of Friendship in Memorabilia 2.6 (with Reference to Plato’s Lysis)Melina Tamiolaki
Socrates’ Attitude towards Politics in Xenophon and PlatoFiorenza Bevilacqua
Plato and Xenophon on the Different Reasons that Socrates Always Obeys the LawLouis-André Dorion
Plato’s Statesman and Xenophon’s CyrusCarol Atack

Part 4 History

Sparta in Xenophon and PlatoNoreen Humble
Plato, Xenophon and PersiaC.J. Tuplin
The Enemies of Hunting in Xenophon’s CynegeticusDavid Thomas
All interested in Plato, Xenophon, ancient philosophy, and fourth century Greek culture, history and literature.