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Narrator Nicholas Tecosky will make listeners feel as though they are at a lecture given by an obliging and earnest professor. His easygoing performance allows listeners to appreciate Socrates' words of wisdom as written by his student Xenophon. Addressing the youth of his time, Socrates instructs them on the philosophy of virtue and its value and application in daily life. Socrates touches on religion and piety, household management (which he likens to political government), and ways to avoid corruption and excess. Listeners who are looking for an accessible introduction to Socratic philosophy will find this audiobook perfect for their needs.

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Xenophon was a Greek who admired and studied with Socrates. He marched with the Spartans and later was exiled from Athens. He wrote about the history of his times, the sayings of Socrates, and about life in Greece.

Edward Bysshe translated Xenophone's work in 1702. This translation has continued to have an excellent reputation. In this work, Xenophon discusses the views of life taught by Socrates. His writing is clean and direct. Xenophon does not idealize Socrates, but he feels strongly, and he shows clearly the worth of the wisdom that touches at every point the actual conduct of the lives of men.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 12-04-12

Philosopher, Soldier, Historian and Mercenary

I love Xenophon. He is a rare breed: philosopher, soldier, historian and mercenary. I imagine him as a 4th century BC combination of Teddy Roosevelt and William T. Vollmann. Memorabilia is a nice piece to read along with Plato's dialogues. While Plato's remembrances of Socrates are more philosophic and cerebral, Xenophon presents a slightly different and more down to earth picture of the great ethical philosopher.

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wonderful narrative

appreciated how the author pulled the reader into the life of socrates and his teachings

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most excellent thoughts indeed!

a lot of great words from a great man. i will be listening to this audiobook again.

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Memorable

What did you love best about The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates?

Great story! Well told.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates deserves to be immortalized in audio books like this.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the conversation with Meno best

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by Socrates's acceptance of his sentence