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Hellenica

Hellenica( )
Author: Brownson, Carleton L.
Xenophon,
Series title:Loeb Classical Library
ISBN:978-0-674-99099-9
Publication Date:Jan 1921
Publisher:Harvard University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $28.00
Book Description:

Hellenica by Xenophon (c. 430-c. 354 BCE) is a history of Greek affairs from 411-362 BCE that begins as a continuation of Thucydides' account.

Book Details
Pages:368
Detailed Subjects: History / Ancient / Greece
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):4.485 x 6.318 x 0.966 Inches
Book Weight:0.625 Pounds
Author Biography
Brownson, Carleton L. (Author)
Xenophon's life and personality is better known to us, perhaps, than that of any other Greek who lived before Alexander the Great. Much of his considerable output of historical writing and essays is frankly or implicitly autobiographical. He reveals himself as one of those many Athenians and other Greeks who turned to autocratic political models, including admiration of Persia, after the excesses of the Athenian democracy led to disaster in the Peloponnesian War. He also reveals himself as much more than a literary man and a critic of his times. A gentleman adventurer and something of a professional soldier, he followed in turn the philosopher Socrates, the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger, and the Spartan king Agesilaus, all of whom he wrote about with an air of close personal knowledge. His works include the autobiographical Anabasis, an account of his service with a mercenary Greek army that marched from Mesopotamia to the Black Sea after the defeat and death of the younger Cyrus. It provides the most detailed single perspective on the military practices and military mentality of Xenophon's age. His Hellenica, by contrast, is an impersonal continuation to the end of the Peloponnesian War of the work of Thucydides and a patchy memoir that concentrates on Sparta's fortunes until the definitive end of its power in 362 b.c. Xenophon's other major works are the Cyropaedia and the rambling Socratic dialogues known as the Memorabilia. The Cyropaedia is a fictional idealization of the career of Cyrus the Great, the only great conqueror known to the Greeks before Alexander. Often regarded merely as a novel, it is a species of a priori historical reconstruction. A retrojection of the military science and political values of the day into a largely unknown Persia of the past, it is intended to explain Cyrus's success on rational principles. The Memorabilia and the Socratic Apology that comes down with them contain nothing of philosophical value but are thought by some sch



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