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Cyrene to ChaeroneaSelected Essays on Ancient Greek History$
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George Cawkwell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199593286.001.0001

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The King’s Peace

The King’s Peace

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(p.170) IX The King’s Peace
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Cyrene to Chaeronea
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George Cawkwell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199593286.003.0010

This chapter analyzes Xenophon's treatment of the relations of Persia and the Greeks in Hellenica, focusing on his account of the King's Peace. It argues that not only were Xenophon's normal notices of the King's Peace and its renewals notoriously deficient, but it is also striking how little the King's Peace emerges in his discussion of Spartan policy. His silence is attributed to his loathing and contempt for trafficking with the hated Persian. Spartan power was not to be represented, as it truly was, as depending on the Great King's favour, and history had to be told as if the King's Peace was of no real importance.

Keywords:   Xenophon, Hellenica, peace, Persia, Greeks, Spartan policy, King's Peace

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