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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Waterfield, Robin, 1952-
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2006
|Named Person:||Cyrus, the Younger; Xenophon.; Xenophon.|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||9780674023567 0674023560 9780674030732 0674030737|
|Description:||xiii, 248 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The battle of Cunaxa --
2. Greeks and Persians --
3. Xenophon and his times --
4. The intrigues of Cyrus --
5. The army musters --
6. The journey begins --
7. Xenophon takes command --
8. Fearful odds --
9. "The sea! The sea!" --
10. Xenophon's retreat --
11. The legacy of the battle.
"With this first masterpiece of Western military history forming the backbone of his book, Robin Waterfield explores what remains unsaid and assumed in Xenophon's account - much about the gruesome nature of ancient battle and logistics, the lives of Greek and Persian soldiers, and questions of historical, political, and personal context, motivation, and conflicting agendas. The result is a rounded version of the story of Cyrus's ill-fated march and the Greeks' perilous retreat - a nuanced and dramatic perspective on a critical moment in history that may tell us as much about our present-day adventures in the Middle East, site of Cyrus's debacle and the last act of the Golden Age, as it does about the great powers of antiquity in a volatile period of transition."--Jacket.
Mr. Waterfield, unlike his ancient source, tells the story briskly and vividly. Reading his account of the march is like hearing a record that used to sound like sludge finally set to the right rpm.