Cyropaedia: The education of Cyrus and the ideal prince III
This is the 3rd and final part of the 3-part series on the Cyropaedia, or 'the education of Cyrus.' The Cyropaedia for some is a historical document, for others is a political philosophy, and for a few is just a dramatic or romantic political story with no basis on actual events. I agree with all three positions. But the purpose of this episode is not to settle this debate or make my own on these grounds. It is to tell the story and uplift the meaning found with the Cyropaedia. This story is not merely of Cyrus, not merely of the histories of ancient Greece and Persia. It is much more than that. This text is meant as a model for leaders, a model for generals, and in many respects, a model for men.