Anabasis (Xenophon) | Critical Essay by W. E. Higgins

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Anabasis (Xenophon).
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SOURCE: "The Active Life," in Xenophon the Athenian: The Problem of the Individual and the Society of the "Polis," State University of New York Press, 1977, pp. 76-98.

In the following excerpt, Higgins delineates Xenophon's notion of the individual and his ideal relationship between individual and society; using the Agesilaos and Anabasis as examples, Higgins determines that "the claims of family and city regulate individual desire" and leadership, "if genuine, is not founded upon license but limit."

The Spartan king Agesilaos was lame in one leg and walked with a limp. Xenophon's encomium in his honor, however, never mentions this, just as it passes over in silence the oracle against a limping monarchy current at his accession. Such reticence, which extends to the king's mental imperfections as well, suits the Agesilaos' thoroughly delicate nature. Here, by contrast with the more forthright Hellenika, physical flaws and...

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