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Definitions for xenophonˈzɛn ə fən, -ˌfɒn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Xenophon(noun)

    Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)


  1. Xenophon(ProperNoun)

    Athenian historian and philosopher born 427 and author of the Anabasis and Memorabilia. He was a pupil of Socrates and became a general during the Persian wars.

  2. Origin: From Ξενοφῶν.


  1. Xenophon

    Xenophon, son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, also known as Xenophon of Athens, was a Greek historian, soldier, mercenary, philosopher and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the 4th century BC, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and descriptions of life in ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Xenophon

    historian, philosopher, and military commander, born at Athens, son of an Athenian of good position; was a pupil and friend of Socrates; joined the expedition of Cyrus against his brother Artaxerxes, and on the failure of it conducted the ten thousand Greeks—"the Retreat of the Ten Thousand"—who went up with him back to the Bosphorus, served afterwards in several military adventures, brought himself under the ban of his fellow-citizens in Athens, and retired to Elis, where he spent 20 years of his life in the pursuits of country life and in the prosecution of literature; the principal of his literary works, which it appears have all come down to us, are the "Anabasis," being an account in seven books of the expedition of Cyrus and his own conduct of the retreat; the "Memorabilia," in four books, being an account of the life and teaching and in defence of his master Socrates; the "Helenica," in seven books, being an account of 49 years of Grecian history in continuation of Thucydides to the battle of Mantinea; and "Cyropædeia," in eight books, being an ideal account of the education of Cyrus the Elder. Xenophon wrote pure Greek in a plain, perspicuous, and unaffected style, had an eye to the practical in his estimate of things, and professed a sincere belief in a divine government of the world (435-354 B.C.).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of xenophon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of xenophon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  2. South Australians:

    They know the submarines aren't the silver bullet to the jobs crisis, they want to see the positive vision being displayed by the other players, the Greens and Nick Xenophon, rather than reverting back to the devil they know.

  3. Horace Walpole:

    The next Augustan age will dawn on the other side of the Atlantic. There will, perhaps, be a Thucydides at Boston, a Xenophon at New York, and, in time, a Virgil at Mexico, and a Newton at Peru. At last, some curious traveler from Lima will visit England and give a description of the ruins of St Paul s, like the editions of Balbec and Palmyra.

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