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But once again Xenophon is not only capable of such achievement when writing about the exciting or thrilling. His powerful simplicity can also be moving in more quiet ways. In the Kyroupaideia he relates how Pantheia, the wife of Abrodatas, presents her husband with new armor she has made for him herself. 17 Xenophon of course articulates the sentence so that the important verbs receive due emphasis from their position, but he also manages to hold back the tears in the phrase even as the weeping woman tries to restrain them.
46 It is this pure and unarticulated region wherein irony dwells, adding another and important dimension to the verbal choreography which shapes it and makes it visible. 47 There was a contrast, for example, between Socrates' knowledge and his profession of ignorance. 50 Irony shuns exaggeration and is the fitting companion of the unpretentious and the simple. The ironic mode suits Xenophon's style well; indeed, it is an essential part of that style, just as articulated space and empty space cannot be separated in the dance.
82 Page 18 Thus he is the true master of ceremonies, who provides the true entertainment, and his entertainment economically accomplishes, as Hermogenes finds it necessary to observe, the further end of enlightenment and education. The many facets of Socratic playfulness consequently reveal themselves and their interconnectedness. Paidia achieves paideia for Socrates' beloved, his paidika. For in his discourse on love, in which he says that he does not know a time when he was not in love with somebody, 83 he gives a lesson to all his companions about all the things which they have previously said.