chapter  6
THE PARADIGMATIC INDIVIDUAL
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Much attention has been given to Xenophon’s interest in the ideal field commander, especially since the important work of Breitenbach (1950). Without wanting to challenge the validity or usefulness of this approach, I would like to suggest that Xenophon’s paradigmatic individuals serve, in addition to a moral-didactic purpose, a historical one as well and function much like his paradigmatic communities.1