READ & DOWNLOAD ê Xenophon's Retreat: Greece Persia and the End of the Golden Age

READ & DOWNLOAD Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age

READ & DOWNLOAD ê Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia, and the End of the Golden Age ¾ In The Expedition of Cyrus the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign Xenophon told how in 401 BC a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus theIn The Expedition of Cyrus the Western world's first eyewitness account of a military campaign Xenophon told how in 401 BC a band of unruly Greek mercenaries traveled east to fight for the Persian prince Cyrus the Younger in his attempt to wrest the throne of the mighty Persian empire from his brotherWith this first masterpiece of Western military history forming the backbone of his book Robin Waterfield explores what remains unsa. Waterfield does a wonderful job of providing context for Anabasis In a work with helpful notes maps and references the author has not only reconstructed the route of the 10000 to the extent that can be done but also travelled it In my paperback edition the photographs are poorly reproduced and the binding obscures parts of the maps but the narrative than makes up for these problems In a critical reading of Anabasis Waterfield brings the work to life and provides an excellent analysis of its meaning at the time of its writing and through history He regards Xenophon's book as a work of philosophy and political theory as well as a work of history and an exciting tale of adventure and uses it as a way of describing the transition from the Golden Age Zeitgeist of 5th century BC to the realistic and sober spirit of the 4th century He attributes Alexander's ambition to conuer the Persian Empire directly to his reading of Xenophon For those who have read Anabasis or suffered through translating it in Greek classes Xenophon's Retreat serves as a useful and enriching commentary For those who have never read Xenophon Waterfield's work provides an inspiration to do so the author's translation is available as The Expedition of Cyrus

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Id and assumed in Xenophon's account much about the gruesome nature of ancient battle and logistics the lives of Greek and Persian soldiers and uestions of historical political and personal context motivation and conflicting agendas The result is a rounded version of the story of Cyrus's ill fated march and the Greeks' perilous retreat a nuanced and dramatic perspective on a critical moment in history that may tell us as much abou. This is probably best read as an adjunct or commentary to Waterfield's translation of the Anabasis since it jumps around in Xenophon's story and material could seem confusing irrelevant or spoilery to someone who had not already read the source

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Xenophon's Retreat Greece Persia and the End of the Golden AgeT our present day adventures in the Middle East site of Cyrus's debacle and the last act of the Golden Age as it does about the great powers of antiuity in a volatile period of transitionJust as Xenophon brought the thrilling appalling expedition to life Waterfield evokes Xenophon himself as a man of his times reflecting for all time invaluable truths about warfare overweaning ambition the pitfalls of power and the march of histor. If you haven't read Xenophon's Anabasis yourself make that the first item of business Get a copy in a language you understand well and read it through Then get this book and gain an appreciation for of the story background territory history the context and even Waterfield's own travels over most of the route that the 10000 took It will make the story come alive and deepen your appreciation for it Then re read the Anabasis and you'll have a much richer experience Mortimer Adler said good books are worth reading three times and really good books are Waterfield will help you gain from Xenophon's March Upcountry Anabasis