Shorter Socratic Writings: Apology of Socrates to the Jury, Oeconomicus, and Symposium

Shorter Socratic Writings: Apology of Socrates to the Jury, Oeconomicus, and Symposium

by Robert C. Bartlett, Xenophon Robert C. (Ed.) Bartlett
     
 

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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

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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.

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A new translation of three dialogues by Xenophon, dedicated to his teacher Socrates and with interpretive essays and notes written by five political scientists. The Apology of Socrates to the Jury documents Socrates conduct when he was tried on capital charges. Oeconomicus describes Socrates' conversation regarding the study of natural philosophy and politics. In the third dialogue Symposium Xenophon portrays Socrates' circle of friends, and concludes the dialogue with his speech on love (eros). Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801432149
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
3/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

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