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Xenophon's Mirror of Princes: Reading the Reflections

Vivienne J. Gray


This book is about Xenophon's literary presentation of the leadership of individuals in their communities, from those of private households up to those of great empires. Leadership is his main interest throughout his works, and the examination of the methods he uses to portray leadership gives us an insight into his general literary techniques. The main aim is to show that these techniques produce images of leaders that are rich in literary and conceptual interest and contribute to the literary theory of writing in prose. As part of this analysis, the book addresses readings that have found co ... More

Keywords: autocracy, eudaimonia, kaloikagathoi, King Agesilaus, narrative techniques, the polis, Socrates, Xenophon, Cyropaedia, Hellenica, Anabasis, Agesilaus, Memorabilia, Symposium, Oeconomicus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vivienne J. Gray, author
Professor of Classics and Ancient History, The University of Auckland
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