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THE EXPEDITION OF CYRUS (Oxford World´s Classics New Edition)


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Publikováno: 2009
Formát: paperback paperback 288 stran
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A new translation of Xenophon's most famous work in which he describes the epic march of the Ten Thousand after the defeat of the Persian prince Cyrus, and their cry of 'The sea! The sea!' as they reach the coast on their journey home to Greece. For many years famous as a school text, The Expedition of Cyrus is here translated afresh by the experienced translator Robin Waterfield (translator of Herodotus' Histories and Plato's Republic). The edition is the first to draw on new scholarly approaches to Xenophon and the relations between the Greek world and the Persian empire. Lively introduction by Tim Rood discusses the historical background, Xenophon's motives for writing the account, critical approaches to the text, and the book's fame and afterlife. Full notes and bibliography are the most critically up-to-date available. Includes map and index of names. 'Men, the enemy troops you can see are all that stands between us and the place we have for so long been determined to reach. We must find a way to eat them alive!' The Expedition of Cyrus tells the story of the march of the Ten Thousand. The exploits of this famous army of Greek mercenaries in modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq were described by one of their leaders, the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon. They were recruited at the end of the fifth century BC by a young Persian prince, Cyrus, who rose in revolt against his brother, the king of Persia. After Cyrus' death, the army was left stranded in the desert of Mesopotamia, a thousand miles from home. Their long march, across mountains and plateaux to the sight of 'The sea! The sea!', and back to the fringes of the Greek world, is the most exciting adventure story to survive from the ancient world. Xenophon's gripping narrative offers a unique insight into the character of a Greek army struggling to survive in an alien world. It is also the most sustained eyewitness account of the landscape of the vast and wealthy Persian empire. Readership: Readers and students of the classics, ancient history, Greek and Persian history, classical studies


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  • ISBN: 0199555982
  • EAN: 9780199555987

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