Xenophon, The Education of Cyrus 1.1.6
Xenophon ponders the secret of Cyrus’ success and sets out the main avenues of enquiry he intends to pursue in his account of the famous Persian’s education.
ἡμεῖς μὲν δὴ ὡς ἄξιον ὄντα θαυμάζεσθαι τοῦτον τὸν ἄνδρα ἐσκεψάμεθα τίς ποτ’ ὢν γενεὰν καὶ ποίαν τινὰ φύσιν ἔχων καὶ ποίᾳ τινὶ παιδείᾳ παιδευθεὶς τοσοῦτον διήνεγκεν εἰς τὸ ἄρχειν ἀνθρώπων. ὅσα οὖν καὶ ἐπυθόμεθα καὶ ᾐσθῆσθαι δοκοῦμεν περὶ αὐτοῦ, ταῦτα πειρασόμεθα διηγήσασθαι.
Considering him worthy of admiration we investigated what his family was, what his natural disposition was like, and what kind of education he was given that made him so exceptional in the ruling of men. So whatever we found out and thought we could infer for ourselves about him, we shall endeavour to set out.