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Xenophon's retreat : Greece, Persia, and the end of the Golden Age

Author: Robin Waterfield
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Expedition of Cyrus or Anabasis, the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign, Xenophon told how, in 401 BC, a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger in his attempt to wrest the throne of the mighty Persian empire from his brother."
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Waterfield, Robin, 1952-
Xenophon's retreat.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)646536374
Named Person: Cyrus, the Younger; Xenophon.; Xenophon.; Cyrus, the Younger; Xenophon.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Waterfield
ISBN: 0674023560 9780674023567 9780674030732 0674030737
OCLC Number: 70167861
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.
Responsibility: Robin Waterfield.

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"In The Expedition of Cyrus or Anabasis, the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign, Xenophon told how, in 401 BC, a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger in his attempt to wrest the throne of the mighty Persian empire from his brother."

"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.

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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. Read more...

 
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