The Memorabilia of Socrates: Literally Translated from the Greek of Xenophon

The Memorabilia of Socrates: Literally Translated from the Greek of Xenophon

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The Memorabilia of Socrates: Literally Translated from the Greek of Xenophon

The Memorabilia of Socrates: Literally Translated from the Greek of Xenophon

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Xenophon the Athenian historian and philosopher was born about 444 B. C. and is said to have lived to the age of ninety. His father, Gryllus, was an Athenian knight, a native of the Attic borough Ercheia. It is quite probable that his means and social standing were such that Xenophon was supplied with all the advantages of education and culture which could be desired.

Principal among his instructors was the sage Socrates. The meeting between the two has been described as a chance or accident. Xenophon was walking along a narrow street one day, when suddenly Socrates appeared, and blocking the way, asked the question where men were made honorable and good. Xenophon, being at a loss for an answer, the latter replied: "Follow me, and find out," and from this time on a sincere and devoted friendship sprang up between them.

Another story of their meeting is that, when about twenty years of age, Xenophon having determined upon a military career for himself, was present at the battle of Delium. In the flight which took place after the battle Xenophon is said to have fallen from his horse and been carried to a place of safety on the shoulders of Socrates.

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