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Hiero

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Xenophon (431-355 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, was a soldier, mercenary and an admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of Greece. He participated in the expedition led by Cyrus the Younger against his older brother, the emperor Artaxerxes II of Persia, in 401 BC. His reco ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published September 24th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published August 1st 2003)
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Xitsuka
Jan 05, 2016 Xitsuka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, politics
This feeling came to me when I was reading Memorabilia, and now it's growing ever stronger: Xenophon is, comparing to Plato, a more benevolent person. Xenophon's benevolence is pretty recognizable. Some other great historians, Will Durant, Marc Bloch, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Jacque Le Goff, Fernand Braudel et al. have this similar benevolence towards common people, towards everyday life. Philosophers, on the other hand, hated mundanity, mediocrity. Just have a look at Plato and Nietzsche.

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Donna
Jan 10, 2016 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Interesting dialogue on whether it is better to be a king or a private citizen. The king has a good comeback for all advantages it appears he has.

Read before starting to read about the Roman civil wars. This must apply to Caesar, I'm guessing.

Erik Graff
Nov 05, 2013 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Xenophon fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
This is a heavily annotated rendition of Xenophon's imaginary dialog between the poet Symonides of Ceos and the Syracusan tyrant Hiero about the relative merits of being a tyrant and being a free citizen. Hiero carries most of the text, pointing out how things aren't as they might seem, autocrats having a difficult time of it. Symonides ends the dialog with some prescription as to how one might rule well and avoid many of the problems adduced by Hiero.

The annotations give variant readings, varia
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Feb 09, 2012 اویس rated it liked it
A dialogue between Hiero the tyrant and a poet who is his friend..weak as the arguments are very often heard.
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Xenophon (Ancient Greek Ξενοφῶν, Modern Greek "Ξενοφών", "Ξενοφώντας"; ca. 431 – 355 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, was a soldier, mercenary and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and the life of ancient Greece.

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Anabasis (or The Persian Expediti
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