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Xenophon's Prince: Republic and Empire in the Cyropædia Hardcover – June 18, 2001
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He believes that he has solved the puzzle about inconsistencies between body of Xenophon's text and its surprising ending in chapter 8 but the truth is that the author is torn between translation and analysis of the original text and his own imagination and speculations around the subject and the analysis is not based on knowledge about Iranian history and traditions and it has lead to a need for twisting and turning the original text of Cyropedia to suit the analysis.
It can not be denied that Cyrus the Great librated Babylonians and we have texts written at end of political independence of Babylonia which vilifies Nabonidus and praises Cyrus the Great as the liberator of the oppressed sanctuaries and the king of Persians are not considered as foreign invader but the saviour.
On many occasions the author completely looses his ability to return to original text of Cyropedia and his imagination takes over ,page 158 shows a clear example there he is stating `we must note he(Cyrus)
never expresses the slightest concern for Panthea's honour and his references from Cyropedia is 6.3.15
The original text does not indicate anything close to what the author himself is referring to.
Another ridiculous statement on page 114 is (from foot note and text): Cyrus castrated men and employed them as his personal bodyguards. How can someone harm another human in such a manner and then leave him in charge for his own security????Read more ›