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[zen-uh-fuh n, -fon] /ˈzɛn ə fən, -ˌfɒn/
434?–355? b.c, Greek historian and essayist.
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[zen-uh-fon-tee-uh n] /ˌzɛn əˈfɒn ti ən/ (Show IPA),
[zen-uh-fon-tahyn, ‐tin] /ˌzɛn əˈfɒn taɪn, ‐tɪn/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the Web for Xenophon
Historical Examples
  • Xenophon stared after him as he went out of the gate whistling heartily.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Xenophon's ideal wife was a good housekeeper—like her of the Proverbs.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He does not defend himself, as Xenophon has defended him, by appealing to his practice of religion.

    Apology Plato
  • Socrates taught Xenophon and Plato geography, astronomy, and the use of the globes.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • Reads like a biographical incident in some hunt of Xenophon, boy or father.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • What light does Arrian, that younger Xenophon, throw upon it?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Qy.: Are any of these tactical improvements by Xenophon himself?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • On the whole this description of the battle is, for Xenophon, obscure.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Xenophon himself must be credited with so much fun, and real fun it is.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • These are the sort of fellows Xenophon would have chosen himself, I take it.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for Xenophon


431–?355 bc, Greek general and historian; a disciple of Socrates. He accompanied Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II and, after Cyrus' death at Cunaxa (401), he led his army of 10 000 Greek soldiers to the Black Sea, an expedition described in his Anabasis. His other works include Hellenica, a history of Greece, and the Memorabilia, Apology, and Symposium, which contain recollections of Socrates
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