Memorabilia is a collection of Socratic dialogues by Xenophon, a student of Socrates. . Xenophon, “Memoirs of Socrates,” in Conversations of Socrates, translated by Hugh Tredennick and Robin Waterfield, edited with new material by Robin. Xenophon’s portrait is the only one other than Plato’s to survive, and while it offers a very personal interpretation of Socratic thought, it also reveals much about. Xenophon of Athens ( BC) was an ancient Greek associate of Socrates, the great philosopher. Socrates wrote none of his own thoughts and activities.

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Also I really enjoyed reading this in the context of all the myths and legends I have been reading recently.

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For instance, in one discussion, he talks a man into providing for his crowds of female relatives by putting them to work making textiles. She kept on examining herself, and watching to see if anyone was looking at her, and glancing at her own shadow. Plato was not the only one who wrote about Socrates. Socrates is presented as a god among men — the sort of man people ought to hang around on the assumption that goodness is in some way contagious.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. A few of the interlocutors appear several times. If you study a prosopography of his interlocutors in the dialogs you will find a disproportionate number of weathy Athenian aristocrats, right-wingers which is to say anti-democrats like Plato and Xenophon, some of them importantly implicated in the terror following Athen’s defeat in the Pelopponesian War in just a few years before the famous trial.

I still need to read Plato’s version of Socrates, but started with Xenophon not knowing much of the difference between both. It can be skipped without much loss, and be left to completionists. And like all who exist within the realm of a mind, whether it was shared, written, adjudicated or kept privately, these thoughts are buried with their body when all is finishe This is a quick read.


Think about the things you really know about Socrates. Memorabilia Oeconomicus Symposium Apology Hiero. Ought they not alike to strengthen themselves with friends to assist them upon occasion?

Socrates was not an atheist, he clearly believed in the gods and that they used various means to communicate. The elenchus of the Socratic method is still unquestionably there, but maybe not xenopho as overwrought as in the Platonic dialogues. The times when Plato portrays Socrates this way must be seen as I read this book fairly quickly but I think I absorbed it well enough to say that it was an excellent defense socrtes portrayal of Socrates.

And Xenophon likely aimed to reach a wider range of readers, many of whom may have welcomed the more down-to-earth advice his Socrates gives.

Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! View the Lesson Plans. Socrates urges some to enter public office and others to exit. Memorabilia is Xenophon’s skcrates Socratic work.

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The sum of what I have advanced is this, that without men there could not be socates policy or any economy, that they are often executed by the same persons, and that they who are called to the government of the Republic are the very same whom great men employ for their private affairs. Nothing that is really good and admirable is granted bu the gods to men without some effort and application.

There is certainly nothing in his view of Socrates that defames or dishonors him, it just seems he was left with different imprints of the great thinker than others. You’ve conversagions reported this review. Throughout Memoirs of SocratesXenophon makes a point to say how the conversations came up.


The book contains introductory chapters to each book. It contains a good general introduction, as well as excellent introductions to the individual works containing some very useful reference points with Plato’s dialogues, as well as very good notes. Who would assist you if you needed someone?

Views Read Edit View history. And having another vantage from which to view this curious man is welcome. Not so with Socrates. Perhaps Luke wanted to highlight this aspect in Acts as he wrote primarily for a Gentile audience.

But he has a style which is all his own, socrtaes one loves it or loathes it.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? This seems to be ot much in line with the “unknown God” that Paul referenced when arguing in the Areopagus in Acts The majority of the book is devoted to the memorable thoughts of Socrates and I found this to be of greater value than the other two works.

Aside from Plato and Aristophanes, Xenophon is the only contemporary of Socrates whose writings on the latter are extant. Original Review, Socrates was also interesting because of his physicality Ought they conversatiions to know how to preserve what belongs to them, and to be diligent and indefatigable in the performance of their duty?