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The Shorter Socratic Writings: "Apology of Socrates to the Jury," "Oeconomicus," and "Symposium" - Agora Editions (Paperback)
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The Shorter Socratic Writings: "Apology of Socrates to the Jury," "Oeconomicus," and "Symposium" - Agora Editions (Paperback)

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This book presents translations of three dialogues Xenophon devoted to the life and thought of his teacher, Socrates. Each is accompanied by notes and an interpretative essay that will introduce new readers to Xenophon and foster further reflection in those familiar with his writing. "Apology of Socrates to the Jury" shows how Socrates conducted himself when he was tried on the capital charge of not believing in the city's gods and corrupting the young. Although Socrates did not secure his own acquittal, he profoundly impressed some listeners who then helped to shape the public perception of philosophy as a noble, if highly idiosyncratic, way of life. In "Oeconomicus," Xenophon relates the conversation Socrates had on the day he turned from the study of natural philosophy to that of moral and political matters. "Oeconomicus" is concerned most directly with the character and purpose of Socrates' political philosophy. Xenophon provides entertaining portraits of Socrates' circle of friends in the "Symposium." In the process, he conveys the source of every individual's pride in himself, thus defining for each a conception of human excellence or virtue. The dialogue concludes with Socrates' beautiful speech on love (eros) and its proper place in the good or happy life.

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801472985
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


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"Cornell University Press and the general editor of the Agora series, Thomas L. Pangle, have made a substantial contribution to the field of Xenophon studies with the publication of these volumes. Each one contains an excellent translation of one or several of Xenophon's writings . . . and each translated work is richly annotated and accompanied by a helpful introductory essay."-Eric Buzzetti, Interpretation, 2003
"The book culminates with the most rousing of Xenophon's dialogues, the 'Symposium,' which Robert Bartlett translates in a vein of affable vivacity. . . . The commentators demonstrate a tight grasp of content and structure, and their perspicuous analyses could well serve as models of how to approach the elaborate works of Xenophon."-Review of Metaphysics, March 1997

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