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The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

by Michael A. Flower (Editor)

Other authors: Emily Baragwanath (Contributor), Ewen Bowie (Contributor), Richard Fernando Buxton (Contributor), Paul Christesen (Contributor), Gabriel Danzig (Contributor)16 more, John Dillery (Contributor), Louis-André Dorion (Contributor), Sarah Brown Ferrario (Contributor), Vivienne Gray (Contributor), Edith Hall (Contributor), Fiona Hobden (Contributor), Noreen Humble (Contributor), David M. Johnson (Contributor), John W.I. Lee (Contributor), Nino Luraghi (Contributor), John Marincola (Contributor), Christopher Pelling (Contributor), Tim Rood (Contributor), Melina Tamiolaki (Contributor), Christopher Tuplin (Contributor), Kostas Vlassopoulos (Contributor)

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"This Companion, the first dedicated to the philosopher and historian Xenophon of Athens, gives readers a sense of why he has held such a prominent place in literary and political culture from antiquity to the present and has been a favourite author of individuals as diverse as Machiavelli, Thomas Jefferson, and Leo Tolstoy. It also sets out the major problems and issues that are at stake in the study of his writings, while simultaneously pointing the way forward to newer methodologies, issues, and questions. Although Xenophon's historical, philosophical, and technical works are usually studied in isolation because they belong to different modern genres, the emphasis here is on themes that cut across his large and varied body of writings. This volume is accessible to students and general readers, including those previously unfamiliar with Xenophon, and will also be of interest to scholars in various fields"--… (more)
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The '90s and '00s were banner decades both for “handbook” publications and for Xenophon studies, so I’ve often wondered why Xenophon didn’t have a handbook of his own. Now, at last, comes the Cambridge Companion to Xenophon. It fills a major gap in the literature by offering a conspectus of Xenophon’s works and career that will both interest specialists and serve the needs of generalists.

The volume’s twenty-two chapters are divided into five sections. The first, on Xenophon’s historical and intellectual context, helpfully positions Xenophon within the turbulence—both intellectual and historical—of fourth-century BCE Greece. Part Two contains a series of chapters on Xenophon’s individual works, while Part Three focuses on the literary techniques that unite those works as a corpus. The majority of the essays in Part Four, titled “Major Subjects,” deal with Xenophon’s shifting stance toward the various places and political entities that make up his capacious universe. Part Five deals with Xenophon’s afterlife; the volume’s epilogue, by Edith Hall, really continues this conversation about reception. Authors and titles are listed at the end of the review.

Most of these chapters are very good, and many of them present the cutting edge of scholarship on Xenophon. As my comments on some of the individual chapters will suggest, however, there are gaps in this Cambridge Companion’s presentation of its subject.
 

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"This Companion, the first dedicated to the philosopher and historian Xenophon of Athens, gives readers a sense of why he has held such a prominent place in literary and political culture from antiquity to the present and has been a favourite author of individuals as diverse as Machiavelli, Thomas Jefferson, and Leo Tolstoy. It also sets out the major problems and issues that are at stake in the study of his writings, while simultaneously pointing the way forward to newer methodologies, issues, and questions. Although Xenophon's historical, philosophical, and technical works are usually studied in isolation because they belong to different modern genres, the emphasis here is on themes that cut across his large and varied body of writings. This volume is accessible to students and general readers, including those previously unfamiliar with Xenophon, and will also be of interest to scholars in various fields"--

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