Hiero - A New Translation

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Winner of the Adele Mellen Prize for Contribution to Scholarship
Since classical antiquity, Hiero has been the most popular of Xenophon’s minor works. This new critical edition clears up manuscript errors from the Marchant edition of 1920, and is a contemporary facing-paged translation which makes the language much more accessible to the current reader. Hiero is a dialogue in which the poet Simonides questions the tyrant Hiero about the pleasures of the tyrant’s life. It is a study of the form of government called tyranny, and an ethical treatise as well.


“As in his book Xenophon on Hunting (2000), Professor Doty has based the Greek text of the Hiero on a new and better understanding of the manuscript tradition, and the idiomatic translation into modern English makes the book a big advance in the long history of the text. I hope the book will reach many readers who will find this fine edition of the Hiero as interesting as I did.” – Chr. Gorm Tortzen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Foreword
Life of Xenophon
Date of the Dialogue
Intention of the Dialogue
The Manuscripts of the Hiero
Text and Translation

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