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Xenophon on Government


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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521588591


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  • Xenophon of Athens was a pupil of Socrates and a philosopher in his own right. He wrote two of the texts included in this volume, the Hiero (On Tyranny) and the Constitution of the Spartans. The third, the Constitution of the Athenians, is found under Xenophon's name alongside the other two in the manuscripts. The works represent three distinct types of government (the rule of one man in tyranny and kingship, the rule of law in the mixed constitution of the Spartans, and the rule of the masses in the Athenian democracy), but there are common features throughout. This volume presents an introduction discussing Xenophon's views on government in the context of his general political thought, drawing particularly on his Socratic work Memorabilia, and a commentary on the Greek text of each work aimed primarily at advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

    • First commentary on all three of these important works collected within a single volume
    • Provides extensive help with understanding the language of the three works
    • Offers an introduction to Xenophon's political thought
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[Gray] has worked for decades on Xenophon and she is, without doubt, fully in command of her material. Her commentary provides the reader with sound philological and philosophical analysis, laudably also paying attention to such unfashionable matters as particles and tone.' Journal of Hellenic Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521588591
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction
    Introduction to Hiero
    Introduction to Respublica Lacedaemoniorum (Lac.)
    Introduction to Respublica Atheniensium (Ath.)
    Respublica Lacedaemoniorum
    Respublica Atheniensium

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    Vivienne J. Gray, University of Auckland
    Vivienne Gray is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. She is the author of The Framing of Socrates (1988) and The Character of Xenophon's Hellenica (1989).

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