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Hiero by Xenophon of Athens, translated by Leonardo Aretino, 15th century

Identifier: MS 119/ff. 1r-15r


This section contains a translation of Xenophon’s Hiero. Xenophon was an ancient Greek philosopher. This text is a Dialogue about happiness between Hiero, the tyrant of Syracuse, and the lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. This version is by Italian humanist and historian Leonardo Aretino (commonly known as Leonardo Bruni).
In this manuscript, the Prologue starts on f. 1r with the words Zenofontis tibi philosophi quendam libellum and ends on f. 2r with ausi sumus attingere.
The Text starts on f. 2r with the incipit Tirannus Xenofontis incipit feliciter; the first words of the text itself are Cum ad Hieronem Tirannum Simonides poeta. It ends on f.15r with nemo tibi invidebit.
Writing This section is in the same hand as the rest of the manuscript. There are some annotations in another hand.


  • 15th century


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15 folios

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