I need to be reading instead of writing posts — or anything else, for that matter.
I’m reading Xenophon’s “On Tyranny” right now.
Like with everything else, Xenophon spoils the party.
Think ya know how the Ancient Greeks felt regarding same-sex love? The ideal that was Patroclos and Achilles, all that?
Along comes Xenophon, with his near-homophobic views, insisting that they were only friends, and that proper men never do more than like other men.
Think ya know how the Athenians felt re: Sparta?
Don’t read Xenophon, then. (Spoiler: he didn’t feel the same way.)
And now he’s got a tyrant — a real, historical tyrant of Syrac– a place I can’t say today — saying how terrible life is for tyrants and generally acting like a Platonic ideal character.
Will ya stop it, Xenophon?!
Yer totally spoiling my research here.
I’m gonna hafta totally retool my whole thesis for the semester if ya keep the same tone for the whole dialog.
Please don’t make me do that, man.
I’m too far behind on this project as it is. I can’t stand the idea of having to retool now…