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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 stared after him as he went out of the gate whistling heartily.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Xenophon, the illustrious warrior and historian, lived ninety years.

  • Xenophon's ideal wife was a good housekeeper—like her of the Proverbs.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • When Xenophon saw its ruins only two centuries afterwards, he could not even ascertain what city those ruins marked.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • Socrates taught Xenophon and Plato geography, astronomy, and the use of the globes.

    The Comic Latin Grammar Percival Leigh
  • There is another attack on the van,” cried Xenophon, “this looks serious.

    Callias Alfred John Church
  • Reads like a biographical incident in some hunt of Xenophon, boy or father.

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

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • The mind of Xenophon: guiding principles, rule of Health, rule of Forethought.

    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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