Conversations Of Socrates

Paperback | July 3, 1990

byRobin H. XenophonTranslated byHugh Tredennick, Robin H. Waterfield

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After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure. Xenophon's portrait is the only one other than Plato's to survive, and while it offers a very personal interpretation of Socratic thought, it also reveals much about the man and his philosophical views. In 'Socrates' Defence' Xenophon defends his mentor against charges of arrogance made at his trial, while the 'Memoirs of Socrates' also starts with an impassioned plea for the rehabilitation of a wronged reputation. Along with 'The Estate-Manager', a practical economic treatise, and 'The Dinner-Party', a sparkling exploration of love, Xenophon's dialogues offer fascinating insights into the Socratic world and into the intellectual atmosphere and daily life of ancient Greece.

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 When Socrates dies in 399 BC, a slough of followers began to write dialogues that featured their late mentor. These varied greatly, with each writer interpreting Socrates’ ideas to conform to their own agenda. Xenophon’s Conversations with Socrates stands out because it is by far the most balanced of these works. Xenophon was particul...

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After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure. Xenophon's portrait is the only one other than Plato's to survive, and while it offers a very personal interpretation of Socratic thought, it ...

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‘He seemed to me to be the perfect example of goodness and happiness’After the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure. Xenophon’s portrait is the only one other than Plato’s to survive, and wh...

Xenophon was born c.430BC, an Athenian gentleman. Whilst fighting for Greece, he was finally banished due to his devotion to Socrates and support for Sparta. Settling near Olympia under Spartan protection, he began to write his treatises, histories and biographies. Hugh Tredinnick was Professor of Classics at Royal Holloway College f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:July 3, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Conversations of Socrates - Xenophon Preface
Introduction
Socrates' Defence
Introduction
Socrates' DefenceMemoirs of Socrates
Introduction
Memoirs of SocratesThe Dinner-Party
Introduction
The Dinner-PartyThe Estate-Manager
Introduction
The Estate-ManagerBibliography
Index of Proper Names

From Our Editors

 When Socrates dies in 399 BC, a slough of followers began to write dialogues that featured their late mentor. These varied greatly, with each writer interpreting Socrates’ ideas to conform to their own agenda. Xenophon’s Conversations with Socrates stands out because it is by far the most balanced of these works. Xenophon was particularly close to the great philosopher, so his dialogues tend to convey a more genuine and articulated version of Socratic thought.