Sea! the Sea!: The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination

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"This book tells the fascinating story of 'Thalatta! Thalatta!' ('The Sea! The Sea!'), the shout first uttered on a mountain in eastern Turkey by the famous Ten Thousand, the army of Greek mercenaries whose adventures in what are now Turkey, Syria and Iraq were described by the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon, himself a participant in their long march to the coast." The shout of the Ten Thousand has had an extraordinary afterlife, playing a persistent part in the European and American cultural tradition over the last two hundred ...
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Overview

"This book tells the fascinating story of 'Thalatta! Thalatta!' ('The Sea! The Sea!'), the shout first uttered on a mountain in eastern Turkey by the famous Ten Thousand, the army of Greek mercenaries whose adventures in what are now Turkey, Syria and Iraq were described by the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon, himself a participant in their long march to the coast." The shout of the Ten Thousand has had an extraordinary afterlife, playing a persistent part in the European and American cultural tradition over the last two hundred years. Here Tim Rood tells its story for the first time, taking in literary masterpieces by writers such as Heine, Shelley and Joyce, books of travel and adventure set in the Middle East and elsewhere, articles in Victorian periodicals, popular romantic novels, newspaper editorials at the time of the British evacuation from Dunkirk, a painting by the nineteenth-century artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, an unpublished radio play by Louis MacNeice, and a modern novel and film which transfer Xenophon's story to New York.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585676644
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

The Sea! The Sea! Acknowledgements List of Plates

1. The Black Sea
2. Eastern Adventure
3. Our Friend of Youth
4. Image of Eternity
5. The Sea is English
6. A Stray Genius
7. In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand
8. The Snotgreen Sea
9. Thalatta! Thalatta!

Notes Select Bibliography Index

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