The Expedition of Cyrus tells the story of the epic march of the Ten Thousand, an army recruited at the end of the fifth century BC by a young Persian prince, Cyrus, who rose in revolt agains his brother, the King of Persia. After Cyrus' death, the army is left stranded in the desert of Mespotamia, a thousand miles from home. Their long march, across mountains and plateaus to the sight of "The sea! The sea!," and back to the fringes of the Greek world, is the most excititng adventure story to survive from the ancient world.
This new translation of Xenophon's most famous work offers a gripping narrative and a unique insight into the character of a Greek army struggling to survive in an alien world.
About the Author
Robin Waterfield is the author of Athens: A History-from Ancient Ideal to Modern City. He has translated Plato's Symposium and Meno and other Dialogues for the Oxford World's Classics series. Tim Rood is Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This one is account of adventures of Greek mercenaries that were hired by Persian prince Cyrus. After Cyrus fails in his attempted coup [against his brother king], Greeks end up deeply behind enemy lines and without guides to get them back to Greece.Soon they will start their march to the Black sea and from there to Greece itself. They will suffer great losses during the march (almost half of the forces will succumb whether to wounds or to the ever present diseases) but will hold their ground against every foe they encounter.Story is full of descriptions of human nature (loss of discipline (and rise of brigandism) after being faced with what seem to be insurmountable odds (and loss of strong leadership), constant squabbling between officers for power, treachery of those seeking to use this mighty army for their own purposes (be it other Greeks or other nations) to name the few).Great story, brilliantly written (short concise sentences ¿ Oxfords¿ edition translation is just great) - highly recommended.