Xenophons Mirror of Princes: Reading the Reflections

Hardcover | January 30, 2011

byVivienne J. Gray

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Xenophon is perhaps best known as the leader of the Ten Thousand on the Anabasis, the famous march of the Greek army through hostile territory to the Black Sea. However, he was also a prolific author, and in this study Vivienne J. Gray focuses upon the ways in which his literary practicesshape images of leadership in his narrative works. Gray surveys the views on leadership that Xenophon credits to Socrates, and illustrates in detail his construction of leadership models through the close examination of selected narratives in works such as Anabasis and Cyropaedia. The techniquesinclude the creation of patterned narratives, as well as allusions to the writings of Homer and Herodotus. Gray takes issue with the school of thought that finds hidden subversion beneath Xenophon's surface praise of leaders.

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Xenophon is perhaps best known as the leader of the Ten Thousand on the Anabasis, the famous march of the Greek army through hostile territory to the Black Sea. However, he was also a prolific author, and in this study Vivienne J. Gray focuses upon the ways in which his literary practicesshape images of leadership in his narrative work...

Vivienne J. Gray is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Auckland.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:January 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199563810

ISBN - 13:9780199563814

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Mirror of Princes or Flaws in the Glass?2. Explicit Authorial Evaluations in Historical Writing3. Xenophon's Adaptations of his Literary Predecessors4. Xenophon's Patterned Narratives of Leadership5. Readings of Cyropaedia: The Epilogue: The Structural Contradiction or the Confirmation of Praise?6. The Dynamics of Friendship7. Xenophon's Socratic and Other Ironies8. Conclusion