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The Cyropaedia is a novelistic treatment of Cyrus the Great’s life with the express didactic purpose of imparting to its readers an appreciation of the elements of effective leadership. A comprehension of Xenophon’s purpose is essential to understand his use of time, since many of the most didactic parts of the book are relatively long sections of dialogue interspersed with brief narrative passages. The character and the personality of Cyrus are conveyed to us in his interactions with the other main characters in the drama of his life. These same dialogues or conversations often serve analeptically to fill in past events that have been suppressed through ellipsis or even serve the dual purpose of analeptically reprising past training and proleptically foreshadowing future behavior.

Keywords: Cyropaedia; Cyrus; Xenophon



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