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Xenophon and Gregory A. McBrayer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501718496

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501718496.001.0001

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The Skilled Cavalry Commander1

The Skilled Cavalry Commander1

(p.211) Chapter 6 The Skilled Cavalry Commander1
The Shorter Writings
Wayne Ambler
Cornell University Press

Translation of and Interpretive Essay on Xenophon’s OnThe Skilled Cavalry Commander. This treatise offers excellent practical advice on how to rule as well as a searching investigation of the limits that constrain even the best rulers, who cannot choose their enemies and cannot always choose their own troops either. So pressing are these limits that Xenophon counsels rulers about how they should seek the help of the gods. This religious education begins by emphasizing the commander’s responsibility to learn, speak, and do everything he can to rule well. If the gods actively help him to do what he should, so much the better.  Taking note of the real or apparent piety of the Commander then provides a useful foundation from which to ponder real or apparent piety of Xenophon’s Socrates.

Keywords:   Leadership, Horses, Ruling, Religion, Gentlemen, Skill (Technē)

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