Doty, Ralph E. Books

Dr. Ralph E. Doty is Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma. He has published several editions and translations of Xenophon’s minor works for The Edwin Mellen Press, including Xenophon on Hunting, Xenophon’s Poroi: A New Translation, and Xenophon’s Hiero: A New Translation, which was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for scholarly writing.

hellenica (greek History) of Xenophon of Athens
2006 0-7734-5997-9
In the fourth century B.C., Xenophon wrote a history of his time, intended to serve as a continuation of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian Wars. The present text is the first to be based upon the four important manuscript witnesses determined to be significant in published studies by Professor Jackson. The result is a text free of many unfounded readings accepted into earlier editions and an economical critical apparatus. Professor Doty’s new idiomatic English translation which accompanies the Greek text mirrors Xenophon’s unadorned style and is the first to make use of the new text.

Hiero - A New Translation
2003 0-7734-6693-2
Since classical antiquity, Hiero has been the most popular of Xenophon’s minor works. This new critical edition clears up manuscript errors from the Marchant edition of 1920, and is a contemporary facing-paged translation which makes the language much more accessible to the current reader. Hiero is a dialogue in which the poet Simonides questions the tyrant Hiero about the pleasures of the tyrant’s life. It is a study of the form of government called tyranny, and an ethical treatise as well.

Poroi - A New Translation
2003 0-7734-6695-9
In Poroi, Xenophon examines the meaning of prosperity and its relationship to employment, consumption, and expenditure in a way that now one else would until John Maynard Keynes wrote The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money. The observations of Xenophon and Keynes agree on many points. This study strives to clarify Xenophon’s importance as an economic thinker and the originator of the study of macroeconomics. Because the only readily available English translation of Poroi is Marchant’s Loeb edition, it provides a contemporary and accessible rendering of the Greek into English. This critical edition also incorporates recent scholarship and remedies some difficulties in the critical apparatuses of earlier editions. Facing page translations.

Translation From Ancient Greek Into English of Xenophon’s Manual on the Duties of a Cavalry Commander
2011 0-7734-1599-8
This text is the first translation of Xenophon’s Manual on the Duties of a Cavalry Commander in over a century.

Xenophon on Hunting
2001 0-7734-7578-8
The Cynegeticus, probably written in the first half of the fourth century C.E., is a manual for hunters. Its author, Xenophon, was a disciple of Socrates, the able general who led ten thousand Greeks on a successful forced march from Mesopotamia to the Black Sea, as well as an historian and practical philosopher. In his book, he aims to acquaint the novice with not only the techniques but also the values of the hunter. The first chapter lauds the famous hunters of legend, the last two chapters discuss the moral value of hunting, and the middle books examine the techniques. He arranges his material to begin with the smallest game animal, the hare, proceeding through progressively larger prey, to end with a description of hunting as a preparation for war, in which one hunts the most dangerous game of all. This new edition of the Cynegeticus is an attempt to incorporate recent scholarship and at the same time provide a contemporary English rendering of Xenophon’s Greek in facing-page translation.

Xenophon’s cyropaedia: A Late Byzantine Recension with Facing Page English Translation (two Book Set)
2010 0-7734-3843-2
This edition of Cyropaedia includes the readings preferred in Byzantine times and those discarded to produce a full critical apparatus. The work provides scholars with a new text of the semi-historical life of the founder of the Persian Empire and insight into the methods of scholars from the last great Byzantine renaissance.