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7 - Xenophon and Isocrates

Xenophon and Isocrates, contemporaries of Plato, had the opportunity to learn from Socrates and other philosophers who aimed to produce political virtue. Xenophon appears to endorse a wide distribution of honours in the Athenian democracy according to the principle that he attributes to Socrates throughout Memorabilia. Xenophon's Hiero addresses the reform of rulership toward knowledge when it dramatizes the instruction of Hiero the tyrant of Syracuse by Simonides the wise poet - producing a well constructed dialogue in the Socratic style. Plato and Aristotle followed a long tradition of considering the constitution of the Spartans a model government, even while they criticized some of their customs. Panhellenism meant concord and equality among the poleis of Greece, for conquest of the Persians and greater Greek prosperity; it seems to apply to the international arena the equation of homonoia with military success within the polis.
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