Asteroid 5986, Xenophon, was discovered on October 2, 1969 by Paul Wild at Zimmerwald, Switzerland. It has a period of 3 years, 237 days.

It was named for Xenophon (440 BCE?𤼺 BCE?), an Athenian aristocrat, pupil and interpreter of Socrates, historian, agriculturist, and military officer. Because of his support of Spartan culture and politics he was exiled from Athens. He participated in a military expedition against the Persian king Artaxerxes and, after his defeat near Babylon in 401 B.C., he managed to lead an army of 10,000 Greek mercenaries safely home through the mountains of Asia Minor, a great feat described in his famous book Anabasis (in English, The March Up Country).


Astrologically, Xenophon seems to have to do with trying to get home, nostalgia, immigration and emigration, being stranded, feeling displaced, uprooted or alienated..

Argentinian journalist Jacobo Timerman, a Ukrainian immigrant, was deported to Israel, where he spent several years, for dissent against the military government of Argentina. He had Xenophon trine Mercury (the media) and opposite Venus (values).

Anarchist Emma Goldman was deported unjustly from the US back to Lithuania in the infamous Palmer Raids in the 1910s as a subversive. She had Xenophon semisextile the North Node (giving out) quincunx Pallas (politics) and the South Node (past influences).

Andrei Sakharov (and his wife Yelena Bonner) were removed from their home in Moscow, confined to the closed city of Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky in Soviet times) and kept under constant surveillance and isolated for their dissent against the Soviet regime. Eventually, Mikhail Gorbachev allowed them to return to Moscow. Sakharov had Xenophon trine Vesta (dedication) and quincunx Ceres (nurturance).

Philosopher and Russian immigrant to the US Ayn Rand had Xenophon quincunx Chiron (lessons taught, doors opened, the maverick) and opposite Uranus (activism, awakening, breaking loose).

Legendary Notre Dame University football coach and Norwegian immigrant to the US Knute Rockne had Xenophon trine Saturn (work, career), opposite Neptune (glamor, idealization), and trine Pallas (conceptualization, industrial arts). Rockne was not only an innovator in football tactics, but in athletic-gear design as well.

Greece's last king, Constantine II (born June 2, 1940 in Athens), was exiled from the country for his support of its late-1960s-and-early-1970s military dictatorship; Greece also abolished its monarchy. Constantine remains in London to this day, barred from returning to Greece. He has Xenophon sextile the Sun (to shine) and square Mars (the military, assertion).

The glyph for Xenophon, which is the Greek letter xi (X), is mine.

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