The Education of Cyrus

Also known as the Cyropaedia, this philosophical novel is loosely based on the accomplishments of Cyrus the Great, founder of the vast Persian Empire that later became the archrival of the Greeks in the classical age.

The Education of Cyrus

Xenophon's masterpiece The Education of Cyrus—a work admired by Machiavelli for its lessons on leadership—is at last available in a new English translation for a new century. Also known as the Cyropaedia, this philosophical novel is loosely based on the accomplishments of Cyrus the Great, founder of the vast Persian Empire that later became the archrival of the Greeks in the classical age. It offers an extraordinary portrait of political ambition, talent, and their ultimate limits. The writings of Xenophon are increasingly recognized as important works of political philosophy. In The Education of Cyrus, Xenophon confronts the vexing problem of political instability by exploring the character and behavior of the ruler. Impressive though his successes are, however, Cyrus is also examined in the larger human context, in which love, honor, greed, revenge, folly, piety, and the search for wisdom all have important parts to play. Wayne Ambler's prose captures the charm and drama of the work while also achieving great accuracy. His introduction, annotations, and glossary help the reader to appreciate both the engaging story itself and the volume's contributions to philosophy.

The Cyropaedia The Education of Cyrus

The Cyropaedia, The Education of Cyrus Xenophon - Cyropaedia: The Education of Cyrus is a novel by Xenophon.

The Cyropaedia  The Education of Cyrus

The Cyropaedia, The Education of Cyrus Xenophon - Cyropaedia: The Education of Cyrus is a novel by Xenophon. This metaphysical narrative is lightly based on the achievements of Cyrus the Great, and offers an exceptional portrait of political ambition and talent.Xenophon of Athens (circa 430 354 B.C.) was a Greek poet, historian, soldier and philosopher who lived at a time of momentous events in Ancient Greek history. Although he was recognized as a great writer and poet in his lifetime, Xenophons involvement with Spartan politics and fighting led to his exile from Athens, and his association with Socrates probably did not help. His short treatise on Spartas government is considered one of the first examples of political philosophy. Cyropaedia describes the education of the ideal ruler, trained to rule as a benevolent despot over his admiring and willing subjects. Xenophon is best remembered for his writing. In addition to writing about the philosophy of Socrates, he also wrote about the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, as well as the Persian expedition that formed the basis of his most famous work, Anabasis. In addition to his own works, he influenced the account of the Peloponnesian War written by the famous Greek historian Thucydides.

Cyropaedia

Written in the early fourth century BCE by a gentleman and soldier from Athens, "Cyropaedia" is an account of Cyrus the Great that escapes a simple genre placement.

Cyropaedia

Written in the early fourth century BCE by a gentleman and soldier from Athens, "Cyropaedia" is an account of Cyrus the Great that escapes a simple genre placement. It is a sort of historical, political, biographical, fictional romance, encapsulating the sweeping type of narrative characteristic of Xenophon's works. The overall portrait of Cyrus is artistic, offering glimpses of this huge figure's character. Organized into eight books, the entire life of Cyrus the Great is told, from his descent and education to his stay in the Median court, and eventually his own kingship and monarchical views. Considered an important piece of literature by many historical figures, from Edmund Spenser to the Founding Fathers, "Cyropaedia" is an ancient text that contains a timeless relevance.

Cyropaedia The Education of Cyrus

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Cyropaedia  The Education of Cyrus

Reproduction of the original.

Xenophon s Prince

The Cyropaedia, Xenophon's biography of the Persian king Cyrus the Great, was popular throughout antiquity and heavily influenced Renaissance writers, most notably Machiavelli, but has more recently been neglected.

Xenophon s Prince

The Cyropaedia, Xenophon's biography of the Persian king Cyrus the Great, was popular throughout antiquity and heavily influenced Renaissance writers, most notably Machiavelli, but has more recently been neglected.

Xenophon s Theory of Moral Education

And the encomiastic tone adopted for Cyrus at the very opening of the Cyropaedia (Xen. Cyr. 1.1.1-3) shows nothing 49 44 45 46 Newell, “Tyranny and the Science of Ruling in Xenophon's 'Education of Cyrus',” 890-891.

Xenophon   s Theory of Moral Education

Xenophon the Athenian, who is well known both as a historian and as a witness of Socratic philosophy, developed his own systematic thought on moral education from a social and mainly political perspective in his extant works. His discourse on moral education represents the view of an unusual historical figure; an innovative thinker, as well as a man of action, a mercenary general and a world citizen in his age. As such, it is therefore different from the discourse of contemporary pure philoso...

The Persian Empire A Historical Encyclopedia 2 volumes

CYRUS THE GREAT IN CYROPAEDIA The Greek author Xenophon (431/430–356/354/350 BCE) held the Persian king Cyrus II the Great in high regard. In his book Cyropaedia [Education of Cyrus], Xenophon used Cyrus as an ideal model of a just ...

The Persian Empire  A Historical Encyclopedia  2 volumes

This well-balanced reference on ancient Persia demonstrates the region's contributions to the growth and development of human civilization from the 7th century BCE through the fall of the Persian Sasanian Empire in 651CE. • Provides coverage of major events in ancient Persian history from the formation of the Median empire in the 7th century BCE to 65 CE • Includes photographs of various historical and archeological sites dating back to various periods of ancient Persian history

The Culture and Social Institutions of Ancient Iran

He also wrote an historical novel , Cyropaedia ( The Education of Cyrus ) . But here the real biography of Cyrus II fades into the background . Cyrus is depicted as an ideal ruler , whose prototypes were the Spartan king Agesilaus and ...

The Culture and Social Institutions of Ancient Iran

The authors look in detail at the highly developed social institutions of the Achaemenid Empire.

The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia

Whereas the Anabasis is regarded as a rather tendentious, yet basically trustworthy, first-hand account of the Persian empire, Xenophon's Cyropaedia (The Education of Cyrus) is viewed either as an imaginative, ...

The Social History of Achaemenid Phoenicia

Even though the Persian period has attracted a fair share of scholarly interest in recent years, as yet no concerted effort has been attempted to construct a comprehensive social history of Phoenician city-states as an integral part of the Achaemenid empire. This monograph explores the evidence from Persian-period literary (both ancient Jewish and classical), epigraphic, and numismatic sources, as well as material culture remains, in order to sketch just such a history. This study examines developments in Persian-period Phoenician city-states on the three levels: that of the individual household, the city-state, and the administrative unit of the Persian empire. These three societal levels are analyzed within the contexts of economic competition between and among the Phoenician city-states, their burgeoning economic ties with the outside world, and their interaction with the Persian imperial influence in the Levant.

William Barker Xenophon s Cyrop dia

Xenophon's Cyropaedia ('Education of Cyrus') can truly claim to be a forgotten classic. Written during the 360s bce by a contemporary of Plato's, and a student of Socrates', it narrated the life of the Persian emperor Cyrus II (Cyrus ...

William Barker  Xenophon s  Cyrop  dia

William Barker’s translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia is the first substantial translation from Greek directly to English in Tudor England. It presents to its English readers an extraordinarily important text for humanists across Europe: a semi-fictional biography of the ancient Persian emperor, Cyrus the Great, so generically rich that it became (in England as well as Europe) a popular authority and model in the very different fields of educational, political and literary theory, as well as in literature by Sidney, Spenser and others. This edition, for the first time, identifies its translator as a hitherto overlooked figure from the circle of Sir John Cheke at St John’s College, Cambridge, locus of an important and influential revival of Greek scholarship. A prolific translator from Greek and Italian, Barker was a Catholic, and spent most of his career working as secretary to Thomas Howard, fourth Duke of Norfolk. What little notoriety he eventually gained was as the ‘Italianified Englishman’ who told of Howard’s involvement in the Ridolfi plot. But even here, this edition shows, Barker’s intellectual patronage by Cheke and friends, and their enduring support of him, his translations and the Chekeian agenda, can be discerned.

Cyropaedia

Cyropaedia is a biography of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemenid Empire and the first Persian Empire.

Cyropaedia

Cyropaedia is a biography of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemenid Empire and the first Persian Empire. It is "a political romance, describing the education of the ideal ruler, trained to rule as a benevolent despot over his admiring and willing subjects." Aspects of it would become a model for medieval writers of the genre known as mirrors for princes. In turn it was a strong influence upon the most well-known but atypical of these, Machiavelli's The Prince.

Classics in English Literature

... being in fact a roman philosophique , is the Cyropaedia or " ' Education of Cyrus ' " by Xenophon . The hero is the famous Persian conqueror Cyrus , and the story has a slight , an exceedingly slight , basis of historical fact .

Classics in English Literature

Classics in English Literature present the role of Classics in history of literature, its influence and the role Classic played in shaping English literature to its present form. The aim is to display a significant and representative selection of works in relation to the history and culture of the day. The book s primary focus is to explain in lucid, succinct and analytical language, the role of classics in English literature. The book covers the influence exerted by the ancient literature upon various aspects of literature such as Poetry, Drama, Fiction, Prose, Religious Works, Historiography and biographical studies.

Cyropaedia

Cyropaedia by Xenophon (c. 430-c. 354 BCE) is a historical romance on the education of the sixth century BCE Persian king Cyrus the Elder that reflects Xenophon's ideas about rulers and government.

Cyropaedia


Early Greek Ethics

The most innovative and ambitious of Xenophon's works is his Cyropaedia ( Education of Cyrus ) , the story of how Cyrus the Elder founded the Persian empire . The Cyropaedia is as much historical novel as history .

Early Greek Ethics

Early Greek Ethics is the first volume devoted to philosophical ethics in its "formative" period. It explores contributions from the Presocratics, figures of the early Pythagorean tradition, sophists, and anonymous texts, as well as topics influential to ethical philosophical thought such as Greek medicine, music, friendship, and justice.

The Relay Race of Virtue

Hiero A late date has been assigned to the composition of The Education of Cyrus on the basis of its last chapter; ... Given its later reception, it seems that Cyropaedia was too deceptive in the version that did not include 8.8; ...

The Relay Race of Virtue

The ancient view that Plato and Xenophon were rivals at least had the merit of allowing them to respond to each other; in modern times, the view that Plato wrote first eliminates the possibility of an exchange between the only two Socratics whose writings are preserved intact. Challenging the chronological assumptions on which Plato's across-the-board priority currently rests, the purpose of The Relay Race of Virtue is to show that Plato and Xenophon were responding to each other and that we can gain a greater appreciation for both by recognizing the back-and-forth nature of their friendly dialogue. Instead of regarding Xenophon as Plato's inept copyist, William H. F. Altman presents him as first blazing the trail for his fellow Socratic and then learning from Plato in return. By emphasizing "Plato's Debts to Xenophon," Altman is charitable to both, justifying Socrates' belief (Memorabilia 1.2.8) "that those of his companions who adopted his principles of conduct would throughout life be good friends to him and to each other."

Greek Thought

The Cyropaedia , or Education of Cyrus , is a biographical novel or historical romance about the life and character of Cyrus the Great , founder of the Persian empire . Xenophon's chief aim is to use Cyrus as a vehicle for portraying ...

Greek Thought

In more than 60 essays by an international team of scholars, this volume explores the full breadth and reach of Greek thought, investigating what the Greeks knew as well as what they thought they knew, and what they believed, invented, and understood about the possibilities of knowing. 65 color illustrations. Maps.

A Guide to Greek Thought

The Cyropaedia , or Education of Cyrus , is a biographical novel or historical romance about the life and character of Cyrus the Great , founder of the Persian empire . Xenophon's chief aim is to use Cyrus as a vehicle for portraying ...

A Guide to Greek Thought

The philosophers, historians, and scientists of ancient Greece inaugurated and nourished the tradition of Western thought. This volume, drawn from the reference work Greek Thought: A Guide to Classical Knowledge, gives fresh insight into the originality of major figures and the legacy of important currents of thought.

The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon

... importance of 111–112 superior knowledge 328 virtuous leadership 80–81 Cyrus, portrayal of 178 ambiguous ... special regard by Romans 2–3 historiography, to be conceived as 182–189 Cyropaedia (Education of Cyrus) (Xenophon) (cont.) ...

The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon

Introduces Xenophon's writings and their importance for Western culture, while explaining the main scholarly controversies.

Parthenope

21 [ Review of ] Xenophon's Imperial Fiction : On “ The Education of Cyrus . ” By James Tatum . Princeton : Princeton University Press , 1989. Pp . xix + 301 ; 6 ills . in text . $ 32.50 . The “ Cyropaedia ” : Xenophon's Aims and ...

Parthenope

This collection of studies is a sequel to Hägg's popular survey The Novel in Antiquity (1983), and a companion volume to his recent The Virgin and her Lover (with B. Utas, 2003). Parthenope offers an indexed version of his main contributions in the field, especially from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as previously unpublished work, a new introduction and a complete bibliography of the author. Apart from probing further into the literary world of Chariton, Xenophon, and Heliodoros, Hägg also widens the scope with studies on the Lives of Aesop and Apollonios of Tyana and on the oriental reception of the Greek novel.