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Xenophon's Memorabilia and The Apology of Socrates translated by Sarah Fielding


Edited with Notes and Introduction by Hélène Pignot
Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), the younger sister of Henry Fielding, and the close friend of his literary rival Samuel Richardson, was one of the very few English women to master ancient languages like Latin and Greek. With the help of Shaftesbury's nephew, James Harris, a distinguished writer, scholar and grammarian, she embarked on the ambitious project of translating Xenophon's Memorabilia and the Apology of Socrates from the Greek. This work, titled Memoirs of Socrates, with the Defence of Socrates before his Judges, was finally released in 1762. She proved a discreet editor and a talented Hellenist, whose elegant style garnered praise from Tobias Smollett in his Critical Review. This superb translation is re-published in its entirety for the first time since the 18th century.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0614-7
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Publication Date: Sep 12,2016
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 231
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0614-7
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Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), the younger sister of Henry Fielding, and the close friend of his literary rival Samuel Richardson, was one of the very few English women (as was her friend Elizabeth Carter, the translator of all the works of Epictetus) to master ancient languages like Latin and Greek. With the help of Shaftesbury's nephew, James Harris, a distinguished writer, scholar and grammarian, she embarked on the ambitious project of translating Xenophon's Memorabilia and the Apology of Socrates from the Greek. This work, titled Memoirs of Socrates, with the Defence of Socrates before his Judges, was finally released in 1762. She proved a discreet editor and a talented Hellenist, whose elegant style garnered praise from Tobias Smollett in his Critical Review. This superb translation is re-published in its entirety for the first time since the 18th century.

Hélène Pignot, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

The cover illustration is featured in The Works of James Harris, Esq. with an account of his life and character by his son the Earl of Malmesbury, 2 vols (London, 1801), vol II, p. 274, © Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), the younger sister of Henry Fielding, and the close friend of his literary rival Samuel Richardson, was one of the very few English women (as was her friend Elizabeth Carter, the translator of all the works of Epictetus) to master ancient languages like Latin and Greek. With the help of Shaftesbury's nephew, James Harris, a distinguished writer, scholar and grammarian, she embarked on the ambitious project of translating Xenophon's Memorabilia and the Apology of Socrates from the Greek. This work, titled Memoirs of Socrates, with the Defence of Socrates before his Judges, was finally released in 1762. She proved a discreet editor and a talented Hellenist, whose elegant style garnered praise from Tobias Smollett in his Critical Review. This superb translation is re-published in its entirety for the first time since the 18th century.

Hélène Pignot, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

The cover illustration is featured in The Works of James Harris, Esq. with an account of his life and character by his son the Earl of Malmesbury, 2 vols (London, 1801), vol II, p. 274, © Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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Contributor Biography

Hélène Pignot

Hélène Pignot is senior lecturer in English at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is a former student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyons and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle). She has published translations and articles on travel literature and natural language processing.

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Acknowledgements (page 7)
  • Introduction (page 9)
    • References (page 42)
    • Annex 1 (page 49)
    • Annex 2 (page 52)
    • Annex 3 (page 55)
    • Annex 4 (page 57)
  • A Note on the Text (page 59)
  • Xenophon's Memoirs of Socrates with the Defence of Socrates before his Judges Translated from the Original Greek by Sarah Fielding (page 61)
  • Preface (page 63)
  • Xenophon's Memoirs of Socrates (page 65)
    • Book I (page 65)
    • Book II (page 101)
    • Book III (page 137)
    • Book IV (page 178)
  • The Defence of Socrates, Before his Judges by Xenophon (page 221)
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