The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

XENOPHON (ca. 430 BC - 354 BCE), translated by Edward BYSSHE (17th c. - c. 1715)

Xenophon's best memorial of his old guide, philosopher, and friend is this work, in which Xenophon brought together in simple and direct form the views of life that had been made clear to himself by the teaching of Socrates. Xenophon is throughout opposing a plain tale to the false accusations against Socrates. He does not idealise, but he feels strongly, and he shows clearly the worth of the wisdom that touches at every point the actual conduct of the lives of men.(Summary by Craig Campbell)

Genre(s): Classics (Greek & Latin Antiquity)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 INTRODUCTION btuten
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Play 01 BOOK 1, CHAPTER I. SOCRATES NOT A CONTEMNER OF THE GODS OF HIS COUNTRY, NOR AN INTRODUCER OF NEW ONES btuten
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Play 02 BOOK 1, CHAPTER II. SOCRATES NOT A DEBAUCHER OF YOUTH RHelfmann
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Play 03 BOOK 1, CHAPTER III. HOW SOCRATES BEHAVED THROUGH THE WHOLE OF HIS LIFE Craig Campbell
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Play 04 BOOK 1, CHAPTER IV. SOCRATES PROVETH THE EXISTENCE OF A DEITY Craig Campbell
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Play 05 BOOK 1, CHAPTER V. THE PRAISE OF TEMPERANCE RHelfmann
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Play 06 BOOK 1, CHAPTER VI. THE DISPUTE OF SOCRATES WITH ANTIPHON, THE SOPHIST RHelfmann
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Play 07 BOOK 2, CHAPTER I. A CONFERENCE OF SOCRATES WITH ARISTIPPUS CONCERNING PLEASURE AND TEMPERANCE shibe
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Play 08 BOOK 1, CHAPTER VII. IN WHAT MANNER SOCRATES DISSUADED MEN FROM SELF-CONCEIT AND OSTENTATION RHelfmann
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Play 09 BOOK 2, CHAPTER II. SOCRATES’ DISCOURSE WITH HIS ELDEST SON LAMPROCLES CONCERNING THE RESPECT DUE TO PARENTS RHelfmann
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Play 10 BOOK 2, CHAPTER III. SOCRATES RECONCILES CHAEREPHON AND CHAERECRATES, TWO BROTHERS WHO WERE FORMERLY AT VARIANCE RHelfmann
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Play 11 BOOK 2, CHAPTER IV. A DISCOURSE OF SOCRATES CONCERNING FRIENDSHIP Dave Stevens
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Play 12 BOOK 2, CHAPTER V. OF THE WORTH AND VALUE OF FRIENDS jenno
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Play 13 BOOK 2, CHAPTER VI. OF THE CHOICE OF FRIENDS jenno
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Play 14 BOOK 2, CHAPTER VII. SOCRATES SHOWETH ARISTARCHUS HOW TO GET RID OF POVERTY jenno
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Play 15 BOOK 2, CHAPTER VIII. SOCRATES PERSUADES EUTHERUS TO ABANDON HIS FORMER WAY OF LIVING, AND TO BETAKE HIMSELF TO SOME MORE USEFUL AND HONOURABLE EMPLOYMENT Kristine Bekere
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Play 16 BOOK 2, CHAPTER IX. IN WHAT MANNER SOCRATES TAUGHT HIS FRIEND CRITO TO RID HIMSELF OF SOME INFORMERS, WHO TOOK THE ADVANTAGE OF HIS EASY TEMPER Kristine Bekere
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Play 17 BOOK 2, CHAPTER X. SOCRATES ADVISES DIODORUS TO DO JUSTICE TO THE MERIT OF HERMOGENES, AND TO ACCEPT OF HIS SERVICE AND FRIENDSHIP Kristine Bekere
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Play 18 BOOK 3, CHAPTER I. OF THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A GENERAL Kristine Bekere
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Play 19 BOOK 3, CHAPTER II. THE CHARACTER OF A GOOD PRINCE Kristine Bekere
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Play 20 BOOK 3, CHAPTER III. ON THE BUSINESS OF A GENERAL OF HORSE DJRickyV
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Play 21 BOOK 3, CHAPTER IV. A DISCOURSE OF SOCRATES WITH NICOMACHIDES, IN WHICH HE SHOWETH THAT A MAN SKILFUL IN HIS OWN PROPER BUSINESS, AND WHO MANAGES HIS AFFAIRS WITH PRUDENCE AND SAGACITY, MAY MAKE, WHEN OCCASION OFFERS, A GOOD GENERAL DJRickyV
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Play 22 BOOK 3, CHAPTER V. A CONVERSATION BETWEEN SOCRATES AND PERICLES CONCERNING THE THEN PRESENT STATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF ATHENS, IN WHICH SOCRATES LAYS DOWN A METHOD BY WHICH THE ATHENIANS MAY RECOVER THEIR ANCIENT LUSTRE AND REPUTATION Paul Fleischman
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Play 23 BOOK 3, CHAPTER VI. SOCRATES DISSUADES GLAUCON, A VERY FORWARD YOUTH, FROM TAKING UPON HIM THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH HE WAS UNFIT Craig Campbell
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Play 24 BOOK 3, CHAPTER VII. SOCRATES PERSUADETH CHARMIDAS, A PERSON OF MERIT AND GREAT CAPACITY, BUT VERY MODEST AND DIFFIDENT OF HIMSELF, TO UNDERTAKE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC Darren Beckham
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Play 25 BOOK 3, CHAPTER VIII. SOCRATES’ DISPUTE WITH ARISTIPPUS CONCERNING THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL Darren Beckham
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Play 26 BOOK 3, CHAPTER IX. SOCRATES RETURNS SUITABLE ANSWERS TO A VARIETY OF QUESTIONS PROPOSED TO HIM Darren Beckham
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Play 27 BOOK 3, CHAPTER X. SOCRATES, IN CONVERSATION WITH SEVERAL ARTIFICERS, A PAINTER, A STATUARY, AND AN ARMOURER, SHOWETH HIS SKILL AND GOOD TASTE IN THE FINER ARTS Jay Mistry
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Play 28 BOOK 3, CHAPTER XI. DISCOURSE OF SOCRATES WITH THEODOTA, AN ATHENIAN LADY, OF NO GOOD CHARACTER; WHEREIN HE ENDEAVOURETH, IN THE MOST ARTFUL AND ENGAGING MANNER, TO WIN HER OVER FROM THE CRIMINAL PLEASURES TO WHICH SHE WAS ADDICTED UNTO THE SUBLIMER AND MORE INNOCENT DELIGHTS OF PHILOSOPHY AND VIRTUE Phil Schempf
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Play 29 BOOK 3, CHAPTER XII. OF THE NECESSITY OF EXERCISE TO HEALTH AND STRENGTH OF BODY Darren Beckham
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Play 30 BOOK 3, CHAPTER XIII. SEVERAL APOPHTHEGMS OF SOCRATES shibe
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Play 31 BOOK 3, CHAPTER XIV. SOCRATES PROPOSETH SOME REGULATIONS FOR THE BETTER MANAGEMENT OF THEIR PUBLIC FEASTS shibe
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Play 32 BOOK 4, CHAPTER I. THAT PERSONS OF GOOD NATURAL PARTS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE PLENTIFUL FORTUNES, OUGHT NOT TO THINK THEMSELVES ABOVE INSTRUCTION. ON THE CONTRARY, THE ONE OUGHT, BY THE AID OF LEARNING, TO IMPROVE THEIR GENIUS; THE OTHER, BY THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE, TO RENDER THEMSELVES VALUABLE Jeremy Sherwood
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Play 33 BOOK 4, CHAPTER II. CONFERENCE BETWEEN SOCRATES AND EUTHYDEMUS, IN WHICH HE CONVINCES THAT YOUNG MAN, WHO HAD A GREAT OPINION OF HIMSELF, THAT HE KNEW NOTHING Craig Campbell
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Play 34 BOOK 4, CHAPTER III. PROOFS OF A KIND SUPERINTENDING PROVIDENCE.—WHAT RETURNS OF GRATITUDE AND DUTY MEN OUGHT TO MAKE TO GOD FOR HIS FAVOURS.—AN HONEST AND GOOD LIFE THE BEST SONG OF THANKSGIVING OR THE MOST ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE TO THE DEITY Ian Virly
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Play 35 BOOK 4, CHAPTER IV. INSTANCES OF THE INVIOLABLE INTEGRITY OF SOCRATES.—HIS CONVERSATION WITH HIPPIAS CONCERNING JUSTICE Ian Virly
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Play 36 BOOK 4, CHAPTER V. OF THE MISCHIEFS OF INTEMPERANCE, AND THE ADVANTAGES OF SOBRIETY Daniel Shorten
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Play 37 BOOK 4, CHAPTER VI. SOCRATES’ FRIENDS ATTAIN, BY FREQUENTING HIS CONVERSATION, AN EXCELLENT WAY OF REASONING.—THE METHOD HE OBSERVED IN ARGUING SHOWN IN SEVERAL INSTANCES.—OF THE DIFFERENT SORTS OF GOVERNMENT.—HOW SOCRATES DEFENDED HIS OPINIONS Craig Campbell
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Play 38 BOOK 4, CHAPTER VII. METHOD TO BE OBSERVED IN STUDY.—ARTS AND SCIENCES NO FURTHER USEFUL, THAN THEY CONTRIBUTE TO RENDER MEN WISER, BETTER, OR HAPPIER.—VAIN AND UNPROFITABLE KNOWLEDGE TO BE REJECTED Craig Campbell
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Play 39 BOOK 4, CHAPTER VIII. BEHAVIOUR OF SOCRATES FROM THE TIME OF HIS CONDEMNATION TO HIS DEATH.—HIS CHARACTER SUMMED UP IN A FEW WORDS RHelfmann
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