Abstract

Cyrus depends on the traditional virtues of the Persians, but must introduce a new understanding of virtue to make them an imperial people, coupling Median luxury with Persian restraint. The collapse of this unstable combination immediately following Cyrus' death is therefore natural enough. The Cyropaedia is thus a guide both to how to found an empire and to why not to found an empire.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 177-207
Launched on MUSE
2005-05-23
Open Access
No
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