Memorabilia and Oeconomicus: v. 4 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Memorabilia and Oeconomicus: v. 4 "Memorabilia" Xenophon (c. 430-c. 354 BCE) adds to Plato's picture of Socrates from a different viewpoint. The "Apology" complements Plato's account of Socrates' defense at his trial. The "Symposium" portrays a dinner party at which Socrates speaks of love. In "Oeconomicus" Socrates advises on household management and married life.
- Published: 02 May 1998
- Format: Hardback 704 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780674991866 ISBN 10: 0674991869
- Sales rank: 300,386
Full description for Memorabilia and Oeconomicus: v. 4
In "Memorabilia" or "Memoirs of Socrates" and in "Oeconomicus," a dialogue about household management, we see the philosopher through Xenophon's eyes. Here, and in the accompanying "Symposium" we also obtain insight on life in Athens. The volume concludes with Xenophon's "Apology," an interesting complement to Plato's account of Socrates' defense at his trial. Ostensibly an account of a dinner party in the summer of 421 BCE, Xenophon's "Symposium" is a vibrant picture of an Athenian evening of quiet entertainment and conversation. Among the guests Socrates is the central figure, and--as in Plato's "Symposium"--love is the main subject of debate. But the style here is more relaxed and less artful than in Plato's philosophical dialogue, yielding an engaging portrait of Socrates and of Athenian social life.