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Memorabilia, Apology, Symposium, Oeconomicus

Xenophon

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ISBN : 9780872209848
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384 pages
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In Memorabilia or Memoirs of Socrates and in Oeconomicus, a dialogue about household management, we see the philosopher through Xenophons eyes. Here, and in the accompanying Symposium we also obtain insight on life in Athens. The volume concludesMoreIn Memorabilia or Memoirs of Socrates and in Oeconomicus, a dialogue about household management, we see the philosopher through Xenophons eyes. Here, and in the accompanying Symposium we also obtain insight on life in Athens. The volume concludes with Xenophons Apology, an interesting complement to Platos account of Socrates defense at his trial. Ostensibly an account of a dinner party in the summer of 421 BCE, Xenophons Symposium is a vibrant picture of an Athenian evening of quiet entertainment and conversation. Among the guests Socrates is the central figure, and--as in Platos Symposium--love is the main subject of debate. But the style here is more relaxed and less artful than in Platos philosophical dialogue, yielding an engaging portrait of Socrates and of Athenian social life.