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Senofonte

Data di nascita: 430 a.C.
Data di morte: 354 a.C.
Altri nomi: Xenofon

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Senofonte, figlio di Grillo del demo di Erchia , è stato uno storico e mercenario ateniese.

Fu scrittore poligrafo e del quale ci sono pervenute tutte le opere e complete, una circostanza che ha fatto di lui una delle fonti maggiori per la conoscenza dei suoi tempi. In particolare da lui, oltre che da Platone, provengono molte notizie riguardanti la vita e i detti di Socrate,del quale fu alunno. È stato soprannominato dalla Suda "l'ape attica", per la semplicità e la chiarezza della sua prosa.

Le date di nascita e di morte non sono note con certezza.

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„O mare, o mare!“

—  Senofonte
da Anabasi, IV, 7, 24

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„It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means.“

—  Xenophon
Context: It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means. Besides, he who pretends to carry his point by force hath need of many associates; but the man who can persuade knows that he is himself sufficient for the purpose; neither can such a one be supposed forward to shed blood; for, who is there would choose to destroy a fellow citizen rather than make a friend of him by mildness and persuasion? Memorabilia of Socrates Bk. 1, ch. 2, as translated by Sarah Fielding in The Whole Works of Xenophon (1840), p. 523.

„On the very day that such resolution is passed, they will see before them ten thousand Clearchuses instead of one.“

—  Xenophon
Context: On making prisoners of our generals, they expected that we should perish from want of direction and order. It is incumbent, therefore, on our present commanders to be far more vigilant than our former ones, and on those under command to be far more orderly, and more obedient to their officers, at present than they were before…On the very day that such resolution is passed, they will see before them ten thousand Clearchuses instead of one. Bk. 3, ch. 2; pp. 88-89.

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„When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves. You may prove this on all sides: you may see how the sick man will beg the doctor to tell him what he ought to do, how a whole ship’s company will listen to the pilot.“

—  Xenophon
Context: That... is the road to the obedience of compulsion. But there is a shorter way to a nobler goal, the obedience of the will. When the interests of mankind are at stake, they will obey with joy the man whom they believe to be wiser than themselves. You may prove this on all sides: you may see how the sick man will beg the doctor to tell him what he ought to do, how a whole ship’s company will listen to the pilot. Bk. 1, ch. 6; as translated by Henry Graham Dakyns in Cyropaedia (2004) p. 29.

„On making prisoners of our generals, they expected that we should perish from want of direction and order.“

—  Xenophon
Context: On making prisoners of our generals, they expected that we should perish from want of direction and order. It is incumbent, therefore, on our present commanders to be far more vigilant than our former ones, and on those under command to be far more orderly, and more obedient to their officers, at present than they were before…On the very day that such resolution is passed, they will see before them ten thousand Clearchuses instead of one. Bk. 3, ch. 2; pp. 88-89.

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