Cyrus' Paradise (interactive Xenophon’s Cyropaedia)

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Cyrus' Paradise (interactive Xenophon’s Cyropaedia)

Post by cwconrad » June 10th, 2015, 11:35 am

In the subforum "Other Greek Texts" there's been a long-running interactive tutorial in one of the lesser works of Xenophon, the Oeconomicus. Xenophon was a late-5th/earlier-4th century Athenian equivalent of Lawrence of Arabia, a youthful disciple of Socrates, a mercenary soldier in the army of an ill-fated adventurer seeking the throne of Persia, a historian and essayist, the author of an anecdotal memoir of Socrates, and of a monumental and inventive historical novel entitled, "The Education of Cyrus." This work, ordinarily termed Cyropaedia, has now been selected for an extraordinary experiment in interactive creation of a commentary. It calls itself, "The World's First Online Collaborative Commentary to an Ancient Text". To say the very least, it is extraordinary. Check it out if you'd like to see what can be done in collaborative construction of commentary and resources for understanding a Greek text:
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οὔτοι ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς πάντα θεοὶ θνητοῖς ὑπέδειξαν,
ἀλλὰ χρόνῳ ζητέοντες ἐφευρίσκουσιν ἄμεινον. (Xenophanes, Fragment 16)

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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