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GOVT174C CM - Politics, Philosophy, and War: Xenophon’s Political Philosophy

Xenophon, like Plato, was a student of Socrates. But Xenophon led a more active life, traveling to Persia where he became general of an army of Greek mercenaries. This practical bend is reflected in the Anabasis, describing his adventures in Persia, and the Education of Cyrus, an account of how to conquer the world that earned Machiavelli’s approval. Yet Xenophon also wrote the Memorabilia, a work devoted to a consideration of Socrates and his more contemplative way of life. This class will consist of a close reading of these works with particular attention to the tension between the political and philosophic life.

Offered: Occasionally

Credit: 1

Course Number: GOVT174C CM