Conversations Of Socrates by Robin H. XenophonConversations Of Socrates by Robin H. Xenophon

Conversations Of Socrates

byRobin H. XenophonTranslated byHugh Tredennick, Robin H. Waterfield

Paperback | July 3, 1990

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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.
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...
Title:Conversations Of SocratesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:July 3, 1990Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014044517x

ISBN - 13:9780140445176

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

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

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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 particularly close to the great philosopher, so his dialogues tend to convey a more genuine and articulated version of Socratic thought.