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Xenophon of Athens: A Socratic on Sparta

Author:   Noreen Humble (University of Calgary)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
ISBN:  

9781108479974


Pages:   380
Publication Date:   16 December 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Xenophon of Athens: A Socratic on Sparta


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Xenophon of Athens (c. 430-354 BCE) has long been considered an uncritical admirer of Sparta who hero-worships the Spartan King Agesilaus and eulogises Spartan practices in his Lacedaimonion Politeia. By examining his own self-descriptions - especially where he portrays himself as conversing with Socrates and falling short in his appreciation of Socrates' advice - this book finds in Xenophon's overall writing project a Socratic response to his exile and situates his writings about Sparta within this framework. It presents a detailed reading of the Lacedaimonion Politeia as a critical and philosophical examination of Spartan socio-cultural practices. Evidence from his own Hellenica, Anabasis and Agesilaus is shown to confirm Xenophon's analysis of the weaknesses in the Spartan system, and that he is not enamoured of Agesilaus. Finally, a comparison with contemporary Athenian responses to Sparta, shows remarkable points of convergence with his fellow Socratic Plato, as well as connections with Isocrates too.

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Author:   Noreen Humble (University of Calgary)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
ISBN:  

9781108479974


ISBN 10:   1108479979
Pages:   380
Publication Date:   16 December 2021
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available, will be POD   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Preface; List of Abbreviations; Note on Spelling Conventions; Introduction; Part I. 1. Xenophon and his Literary Project; 2. The Lacedaimonion Politeia: Theories, Problems, Assumptions; Part II. 3. Reading Lacedaimonion Politeia 1-4; 4. Reading Lacedaimonion Politeia 5-10; 5. Reading Lacedaimonion Politeia 11-15; Part III. 6. The Place of the Lacedaimonion Politeia within Xenophon's Literary Project; 7. Xenophon, Plato and Isocrates; Conclusion; Appendix: Text and Translation of the Lacedaimonion Politeia; Bibliography; Index locorum; General Index.

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Noreen Humble is a Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Calgary. She has published numerous articles about Xenophon and the reception of Xenophon and Plutarch in Byzantium and the Renaissance, and is the editor of Plutarch's Lives: Parallelism and Purpose (2010), and co-editor (with P. Crowley and S. Ross) of Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other (2011).

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