The Shorter Socratic Writings: "Apology of Socrates to the Jury," "Oeconomicus," and "Symposium" / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801472985
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Agora Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor of Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. He is author of The Idea of Enlightenment: A Postmortem Study, translator of "Protagoras" and "Meno," editor of Xenophon's The Shorter Socratic Writings and of Pierre Bayle's Various Thoughts on the Occasion of a Comet, and coeditor of Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Philosophy of Aristotle.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction 1
I Apology of Socrates to the Jury 9
On the Apology of Socrates to the Jury 18
II Oeconomicus 39
On the Oeconomicus 102
III Symposium 133
On the Symposium 173
Contributors 197
Index of Names 199
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