Xenophon’s History of the Affairs of Greece. By the Translator of Thucydides [William Smith]



Publisher: London, Benjamin White, 1770
Description: ppiv, 336, engraved folding map. 4to, old full calf, rubbed and marked. Occasional spotting to margins, but a very good copy

Xenophon, best known for his account of the march of the ten thousand Greek mercenaries to the Black Sea, and as a disciple and memoirist of Socrate, also undertook to take Thucydides’s unfinished History of the Peloponnesian War down to the end of that war. William Smith’s was the second English version of Xenophon’s work, displacing the 1685 version by John Newman. Smith (1711-1787), as well as his translations of the Greek historians, also published a version of “Longinus on the Sublime” which was read by Edmund Burke, later to write his own “Enquiry into the Origins of our Idea of the Sublime”

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