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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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  • Xenophon then bethought him of the two prisoners whom he had just captured, and proposed that these two should be questioned also.

  • Xenophon says that there is no sound more pleasing than one's own praises.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • Xenophon, the illustrious warrior and historian, lived ninety years.

  • Well then (said Xenophon), I will go; since I am the younger of the two.

  • When Xenophon saw its ruins only two centuries afterwards, he could not even ascertain what city those ruins marked.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • Here he was rejoined by Xenophon on descending from the summit.

  • There is another attack on the van,” cried Xenophon, “this looks serious.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • But the oratory of Xenophon was something of a higher order.

  • "The Xenophon is in a poor condition to weather a storm to-night," said Lieutenant Willard.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • It was in this position that Xenophon addressed them as follows.

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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