The Persian Expedition

The Persian Expedition

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by Xenophon
     
 

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Written possibly from diaries compiled at the time, there is no dubt that The Persian Expedition is one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting the ' barbarian ' world. We see the soldiers debate leaders and strategy in open assembly; we see them falling on their knees in superstitious fear; we see them planning a piratical colony on barbarian land.

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Written possibly from diaries compiled at the time, there is no dubt that The Persian Expedition is one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting the ' barbarian ' world. We see the soldiers debate leaders and strategy in open assembly; we see them falling on their knees in superstitious fear; we see them planning a piratical colony on barbarian land. And at the same time we share the rigours of the march to Babylon, the dismay of unexpected deeat, the uncertainty of the long road home through wild Armenia, and the relief at last when the Ten Thousand reach ' the sea, the sea !'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140440072
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1950
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
219,876
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Xenophon was an Athenian country gentleman born about 430 BC. He may have helped to publish Thucydides’ History, and certainly wrote his own Hellenica as a continuation of it. By his own (probably reliable) account he was a fine officer and outstanding leader, but his admiration for Sparta and devotion to Socrates, among other causes, led to his banishment. He was given an estate at Scillus and settled down to enjoy the life of a landed aristocrat, and it was during this period that he began to write histories, biographies, memoirs and specialist treatises. The defeat of Sparta in 371 forced him to move to Corinth where he probably lived for the rest of his life.
Rex Warner was a Professor of the University of Connecticut from 1964 until his retirement in He was born in 1905 and went to Wadham College, Oxford, where he gained a ‘first’ in Classical Moderations, and took a degree in English Literature. He taught in Egypt and England, and was Director of the British Institute, Athens, from 1945 to 1947. He has written poems, novels and critical essays, has worked on films and broadcasting, and has translated many works, of which Xenophon’s History of My Time and The Persian Expedition, Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War, and Plutarch’s Lives (under the title Fall of the Roman Republic) and Moral Essays have been published in Penguin Classics.
George Cawkwell is a Fellow and Praelector in Ancient History of University College, Oxford. He has specialized in the history of the fourth century B.C.

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