By Fiona Hobden, Christopher Tuplin, Visit Amazon's Dustin Gish Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Dustin Gish,
Xenophon’s own background was once remarkable for its mix of Socratic schooling and the workout of army management in a time of challenge. His writings supply an intellectually and morally constant reaction to his instances and to the problem of moral yet powerful management, they usually play a unique function in defining our feel of the post-Athenian-Empire Greek international. fresh Xenophontic scholarship has verified the overall fact of those claims. the present quantity won't in basic terms toughen them but additionally give a contribution to larger realizing of a voice that's neither easily ironic nor easily ingenuous and of a view of the realm that's expert through an engagement with historical past.
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But note also Waterfield on Socrates as scapegoat (pp. 298–301), Johnson (pp. 131, 134, 143, 146–155) and Schorn (p. 698) on gods and unwritten laws, Dorion on gods and sophia (pp. 468–474), Baragwanath (pp. 644, 649) on the god-like leader (the relevant Oeconomicus passage is also mentioned in Tamiolaki, p. 578, but not dwelled upon from this perspective), Ferrario (pp. 361–362) on Xenophon and divination in Anabasis (and cf. Schorn, p. 716, on the Poroi ‘intertext’), Hau (pp. 594–595) on the avoidance of arrogance being in line with traditional piety (which Xenophon favours: p.
All Socratic works entail a tension between the claim of moral virtue and intelligent beneficence and, by contrast, Socrates’ eventual fate. They exist to re-validate a superficially discredited figure by taking us back to the world as it was before things went wrong (the Socratic ‘Golden Age’) and lodging the paradigm in that world. Similarly right from the outset, whatever the reasonableness of the argument for inspecting Cyrus’ history as a way of understanding leadership qualities and the evident relative ‘distance’ of the object of study, Greek readers could see that they were being invited to assign positive value to a Persian.
It is about remaining conscious of the inter-relation between the said and the unsaid, between what is said in one place and what is said elsewhere, between appearance and reality or action and consequence. We must be prepared to read Xenophontic texts with the same willingness to consider unspoken implications and to see things from more than one perspective that we find natural when reading a tragic text—or indeed other historiographical texts—and we must acknowledge the author’s wish to make the reader uneasy.
Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry by Fiona Hobden, Christopher Tuplin, Visit Amazon's Dustin Gish Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Dustin Gish,