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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198144779
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Oxford Classical Monographs Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Cyropaedia
1 Genre, Purpose, and Predecessors 1
2 Persian Sources 13
3 The Date of the Cyropaedia 23
2 Socrates in Persia
1 Introduction 26
2 A Father Guides his Son: Cyr. 1. 6 50
3 A Comparison of Constitutions: Cyr. 1. 3. 15-18 73
4 The Armenian King's Trial: Cyr. 3. 1 78
5 Cyaxares the Mede: Cyr. 5. 5. 5-37 98
6 Exhortations and Silences: Cyr. 3. 3. 48-56 109
7 The Death of a Hero: Cyr. 8. 7 115
3 The Symposia of the Cyropaedia
1 Introduction 132
2 Astyages' Feast: Cyr. 1. 3. 4-12 154
3 Cyrus' Officers at Mess: Cyr. 2. 2. 1-2. 3. 1 160
4 At Gobryas' Estate: Cyr. 5. 2. 5-22 168
5 Pheraulas and the Sacian: Cyr. 8. 3. 35-50 173
6 Banqueters in Babylon: Cyr. 8. 4. 1-27 183
4 Romance, Revenge, and Pathos: The Novellas of the Cyropaedia
1 Introduction 192
2 Panthea: The Fairest Woman in Asia 221
3 Gobryas and Gadatas: Two Assyrian Defectors 245
4 Croesus: A Wise Monarch? 265
5 Xenophon and His Hero
1 Cyrus as Hero: An Interim Summary 280
2 Cyrus in Babylon 285
3 The Ending of the Cyropaedia 299
Bibliography 301
Index Locorum 315
General Index 340
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