Xenophon, also known as Xenophon of Athens, pulled from a wide repertoire of experiences—mercenary, soldier, philosopher, and historian—to write on a range of topics, including Socrates’ philosophy, life in ancient Greece and Persia, and the history of the fourth century. His interests in history, writing, and philosophy allowed him to write some of the most relevant descriptions of life in his time period, such as Hellenica, a continuation of Thucydides’ Greek history, and Anabasis, an exciting collection of stories and adventures. Having served in multiple wars (and being exiled from his own country), Xenophon had many experiences with politics and government policies; he shares his views in the Cyropaedia vols. 1–2. Despite Xenophon’s hunger for excitement, he was a philosopher at heart. He enjoyed the company of Socrates and Plato and often wrote about their philosophies, especially Socrates’. Memorabilia, Oeconomicus and Symposium and Apology contain a collection of stories depicting the character of both Plato and Socrates, as well as discussion of Socrates’ philosophy from an angle much different than readers of Plato are used to reading.
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Xenophon (430–350 BC) was a Greek historian and philosopher who wrote descriptive works of Classical Greece and had a strong influence on Latin literature. He served as a mercenary under Cyrus the Younger and spent time in the ranks of the Spartans before being exiled from Athens.