Xenophon

Book Club | March 2019: Xenophon Memorabilia

"[Socrates] said that he often heard it stated that of all possessions the most precious is a good and sincere friend. “And yet,” he said, “there is no transaction most men are so careless about as the acquisition of friends. For I find that they are careful about getting houses and lands and slaves and cattle and furniture, and anxious to keep what they have; but though they tell one… Read more

Xenophon’s Anabasis: Historical Context

The Anabasis by the Athenian soldier, historian and philosopher Xenophon, describes the events of 401 BCE when ten thousand Greek mercenaries joined the army of Cyrus, the younger brother of the Persian King Artaxerxes, in Cyrus’ attempt to supplant his brother as king. This post provides a brief historical context to that work. Read more

Book Club | April 2017: Xenophon’s Apology of Socrates

The April Book Club selection features Xenophon's Apology of Socrates Join in by reading this month's Book Club selection, a short text by Xenophon about Socrates. The hangout discussion will be on Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. EDT. It might be interesting to compare Xenophon's view with Plato's, who also wrote an Apology of Socrates. Read more