Anabasis (Annotated)

Anabasis (Annotated)

by Xenophon

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Overview

Anabasis is the most well-known work, in seven books, of the Greek professional soldier and writer Xenophon. The journey it narrates is his best known accomplishment and "one of the great adventures in human history," as Will Durant expressed the common assessment. Although the content of the book is lively, written in the style of someone who has participated in the adventures he describes, the story recounted in the Anabasis is completely uncorroborated. Xenophon accompanied the Ten Thousand, a huge army of Greek mercenaries hired by Cyrus the Younger, who intended to seize the throne of Persia from his brother, Artaxerxes II. Though Cyrus' mixed army fought to a tactical victory at Cunaxa in Babylon (401 BC), Cyrus was killed, rendering the actions of the Greeks irrelevant and the expedition a failure. This edition has been formatted for your NOOK, with an active table of contents. This work has also been annotated, with additional information about the work and its author, including an overview, content, cultural influences, editions and translations, biographical and bibliographical information.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158073953
Publisher: Bronson Tweed Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 744,590
File size: 343 KB

About the Author

Xenophon, son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, also known as Xenophon of Athens, was a Greek historian, soldier, mercenary, and student of Socrates. While not referred to as a philosopher by his contemporaries, his status as such is now a topic of debate. He is remembered for writing about the history of his own times, the late 5th and early 4th centuries BC, especially for his account of the final years of the Peloponnesian War. His Hellenica, which recounts these times, is considered to be the continuation of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. His youthful participation in the failed campaign of Cyrus the Younger to claim the Persian throne inspired him to write his most famous work, Anabasis.

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