The Landmark Xenophon's Anabasis Hardcover by Shane Brennan and David Thomas, Editors / Robert B. Strassler, Series Editor

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The Landmark Xenophon's Anabasis Hardcover by Shane Brennan and David Thomas, Editors / Robert B. Strassler, Series Editor

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  • Publisher: Pantheon (2021-12-07)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780307906854
  • Item Weight: 1264.41 grams
  • Dimensions: 9.54 x 7.77 x 1.68 cm

The Landmark Xenophon’s Anabasis is the definitive edition of the ancient classic—also known as The March of the Ten Thousand or The March Up-Country—which chronicles one of the greatest true-life adventures ever recorded.
As Xenophon’s narrative opens, the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger is marshaling an army to usurp the throne from his brother Artaxerxes the King. When Cyrus is killed in battle, ten thousand Greek soldiers he had hired find themselves stranded deep in enemy territory, surrounded by forces of a hostile Persian king. When their top generals are arrested, the Greeks have to elect new leaders, one of whom is Xenophon, a resourceful and courageous Athenian who leads by persuasion and vote. What follows is his vivid account of the Greeks’ harrowing journey through extremes of territory and climate, inhabited by unfriendly tribes who often oppose their passage. Despite formidable obstacles, they navigate their way to the Black Sea coast and make their way back to Greece.
This masterful new translation by David Thomas gives color and depth to a story long studied as a classic of military history and practical philosophy. Edited by Shane Brennan and David Thomas, the text is supported with numerous detailed maps, annotations, appendices, and illustrations. The Landmark Xenophon’s Anabasis offers one of the classical Greek world’s seminal tales to readers of all levels.

About the Author

SHANE BRENNAN is associate professor of history at the American University in Dubai, U.A.E. From 2011 to 2016 he taught ancient history at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. He is the author of a travelogue, In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand, and a forthcoming monograph on Anabasis.
DAVID THOMAS trained in classics at the University of Oxford, being awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in 1978 and returning to Xenophontic studies in 2003 on his retirement from his career in finance. He is the author of the introduction to The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenika and serves as a vice president of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.
ROBERT B. STRASSLER is an unaffiliated scholar who holds an honorary Doctorate of Humanities and Letters from Bard College and is chairman of the Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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