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Xenophon's Cyropaedia: Style, Genre, and Literary Technique - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)
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Xenophon's Cyropaedia: Style, Genre, and Literary Technique - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 10/06/1993
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This book is a literary study of the Cyropaedia, Xenophon's fictional account of Cyrus the Great and the founding of his empire. The Cyropaedia is a complex blend of various literary forms, and this book examines several of its literary genres. General discussions of the works of Xenophon's predecessors and contemporaries, in particular Herodotus, Plato, and Ctesias, are combined with a detailed commentary on select passages. Socrates-his life, ideas, and techniques of argument, is an indirect presence in the work, and the Socratic tenor of several of the dialogues in it is the subject of one chapter. The lovely Panthea, the fairest woman in Asia, is Xenophon's most colourful heroine and her story, along with the dramatic tales of the eunuch Gadatas, bereaved Gobyras, and defeated Croesus, are the focus of another section; special attention is paid to the question of Xenophon's originality in fashioning these tales. The symposia of the Cyropaedia, an intricate blend of Greek and Persian elements, are also investigated at length. The book concludes with an examination of Xenophon's ambivalent attitude towards his hero, Cyrus the Great: the author argues that both Xenophon and his hero are more complex than they might seem.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198144779
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 587 g
Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 26 mm


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this is a lively and interesting book, and one more widely informative than its title might suggest...I have to admit that I myself have never yet read more than the odd bit of it. Nevertheless this lucid and lively book succeeds in leaving me with the strong feeling that, by not reading more, I am missing a rare treat. * Greece and Rome *
...it contains much that is worth reading. I myself found a number of points at which useful and enlightening information was presented. * Antony G Keen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 4.6 1993 *
G.'s exploration of the Cyropaedia provides a different and richly documented mode of reading Xenophon's most ambitious work. * Philip A. Stadter, University of North Carolina, Chapel HIll, The Classical Review, Vol. XLIV, No. 2, 1994 *
this immensely learned and well-organised book will be indispensable. * Journal of Hellenic Studies *

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