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Palgrave Macmillan

Xenophon the Socratic Prince

The Argument of the Anabasis of Cyrus

ISBN 9781137333308
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Recovering Political Philosophy

The Anabasis of Cyrus is Xenophon's counterpart to Machiavelli's Prince. The work explores the political life at its peak, examining whether morality and advantage can be reconciled in and through rule. Of the three model rulers presented in the work, the most important is Xenophon himself. He is depicted as leaving his teacher Socrates to become the leader of Ten Thousand Greek mercenaries. How did his Socratic education help him reconcile morality with advantage? The Anabasis is an exciting chronicle of the march to 'The Sea! The Sea!' It is also a searching analysis of the political significance of the Socratic education as well as an introduction to the comparative merits of the political and the philosophic lives.

Eric Buzzetti is Principal and Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts College at Concordia University, Canada.

Introduction: The Political Life and the Socratic Education
PART I: THE KINGSHIP OF CYRUS
1. 'The Godlike King' (Book One)
PART II: THE KINGSHIP OF KLEARCHOS
2. 'The Pious King' (Book Two)
PART III: THE KINGSHIP OF XENOPHON
'The Socratic King' (Books Three through Seven)
3. Book Three: Piety
4. Book Four: Courage
5. Book Five: Justice
6. Book Six: Gratitude
7. Book Seven: The Love of the Soldier (PHILOSTRATIŌTĒS)
Conclusion: The Argument of the Anabasis of Cyrus

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