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Xenophon's Cyropaedia : style, genre, and literary technique

Author: Deborah Levine Gera
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a literary study of the Cyropaedia, Xenophon's fictional account of Cyrus the Great and the founding of his empire. The book focuses on the complex blend of literary genres to be found in the work, and combines general discussions of Xenophon's predecessors and contemporaries - in particular Herodotus, Plato, and Ctesias - with a detailed commentary on selected passages.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Xenophon.; Cyrus, the Great King of Persia; Xénophon.; Xénophon (0430?-0355? av. J.-C.).; Xénophon; Xénophon; Cyrus, the Great King of Persia; Xenophon.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Levine Gera
ISBN: 0198144776 9780198144779
OCLC Number: 25914230
Description: xii, 348 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. An Introduction to the Cyropaedia. 1. Genre, Purpose, and Predecessors. 2. Persian Sources. 3. The Date of the Cyropaedia --
2. Socrates in Persia. 1. Introduction. 2. A Father Guides his Son: Cyr. 1. 6. 3. A Comparison of Constitutions: Cyr. 1. 3. 15-18. 4. The Armenian King's Trial: Cyr. 3. 1. 5. Cyaxares the Mede: Cyr. 5. 5. 5-37. 6. Exhortations and Silences: Cyr. 3. 3. 48-56. 7. The Death of a Hero: Cyr. 8. 7 --
3. The Symposia of the Cyropaedia. 1. Introduction. 2. Astyages' Feast: Cyr. 1. 3. 4-12. 3. Cyrus' Officers at Mess: Cyr. 2. 2. 1-2. 3. 1. 4. At Gobryas' Estate: Cyr. 5. 2. 5-22. 5. Pheraulas and the Sacian: Cyr. 8. 3. 35-50. 6. Banqueters in Babylon: Cyr. 8. 4. 1-27 --
4. Romance, Revenge, and Pathos: The Novellas of the Cyropaedia. 1. Introduction. 2. Panthea: The Fairest Woman in Asia. 3. Gobryas and Gadatas: Two Assyrian Defectors. 4. Croesus: A Wise Monarch? --
5. Xenophon and His Hero. 1. Cyrus as Hero: An Interim Summary. 2. Cyrus in Babylon. 3. The Ending of the Cyropaedia.
Series Title: Oxford classical monographs.
Responsibility: Deborah Levine Gera.
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A study of the "Cyropaedia", an historical novel by the Greek writer Xenophon, based on the life of the Persian King Cyrus the Great. This book looks at the various genres in the work and combines  Read more...

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