Abstract
What knowledge enables Cyrus to rule easily over multitudes? Why does Xenophon convey it in a novel? Cyrus possesses knowledge of ambition’s effects in the honour-loving soul. He perceives that honour-loving men can be ensnared into abject dependence if they can be made to accept any one individual’s will as the sole source of honour; easier still is the task of ruling those far more numerous men whose love of honour is infused with or subordinated to the love of the material rewards that accompany victory. Cyrus creates a hierarchy of dependence, with himself at the apex, and he rules his honour-loving followers easily, creating the institutions of an empire that endured to Xenophon’s own day. Xenophon depicts this arrangement in a historical romance, rather than describe it in a treatise, in ordermore effectively to inspire the love of virtue in his readers.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/20512996-90000155
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 58,940
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Education of Cyrus as Xenophon's "Statesman".John Ray - 1992 - Interpretation 19 (3):225-242.
Plato's Statesman and Xenophon's Cyrus.Carol Atack - 2018 - In Gabriel Danzig, Donald Morrison & David M. Johnson (eds.), Plato and Xenophon: comparative studies. Leiden, Netherlands: pp. 510-543.
Los Modos de la Corte. La Formación Meda de Ciro En Ciropedia.Rodrigo Illarraga - 2017 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 73 (3-4):1607-1642.
Xenophon's Cyropaedia and Military Reform in Sparta.Paul Christesen - 2006 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 126:47-65.
The Anabasis of Cyrus. Xenophon - 2018 - Cornell University Press.
Contents. Xenophon - 2018 - In The Anabasis of Cyrus. Cornell University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-05-25

Total views
10 ( #852,958 of 2,426,897 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #244,927 of 2,426,897 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes