Cyropaedia

Cover

Book Details

Author  Xenophon
Publisher  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date   December 7, 2012
ISBN  1481187376
Pages  198

Buy this book

Description

The Cyropaedia (or Cyropedia) is a "partly fictional biography" of Cyrus the Great, written in the early 4th century BC by the Athenian gentleman-soldier, and student of Socrates, Xenophon of Athens. The Latinized title Cyropaedia derives from Greek Kúrou paideía, meaning "The Education of Cyrus". Aspects of it would become a model for medieval writers of the genre known as mirrors for princes. In turn it was a strong influence upon the most well-known but atypical of these, Machiavelli's The Prince, which was an important influence in the rejection of medieval political thinking, and the development of modern politics. However, unlike most "mirrors of princes", and like The Prince, whether or not the Cyropaedia was really intended to describe an ideal ruler is a subject of debate.

Customer Reviews

Blacklist