Xenophon John Selby Watson
- Title: The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis
- Author: Xenophon John Selby Watson
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- Page: 310
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If I could have lunch with any person from history I think that Xenophon would be in my top five. He was so amazing, his spirit so impressive, his writing so eloquent, his actions so monumental. This account is beautiful. The rhetoric is stunning. It is so informative about ancient Greek military tactics, about the importance of omens (down to a sneeze during a speech), and the general disposition of ancient man, that it is an absolute must read for anyone interested in classical antiquity or m [...]
Una reseña desde el punto de vista de uno de los actores. Creo que lo mejor de la historia son las diferentes clases de liderazgo que se presentan a lo largo de las situaciones límite a las que se ven enfrentados este grupo de mercenarios griegos. Quizás la primera gran lección es asumir el liderazgo, que no se había buscado, con humildad y definiendo claramente los objetivos del grupo, que en caso era simplemente la sobrevivencia y regresar a su patria.La última parte del libro (o quizás [...]
Xenophon's account of the march up country through Persia is remarkable. In 401 B.C Xenophon joined a mercenary force attempting to win money and glory in an effort to install Cyrus, the younger brother, on the Persian throne. The expedition was unsuccessful. A force of 10,000 Greeks found itself in the middle of hostile territory, pursued by the king's army. Soon all the Greek generals were tricked and executed, and the Greek forces were forced to appoint new generals. After many troubles, the [...]
I read this puppy in year two of Classical Greek. After five days a week of Greek in year one, reading everything Dr. C. B. Earp threw our way, three days a week reading history seemed like a breeze. And it was an interesting narrative.Unforunately, it didn't prepare me for the next year, reading Plato in the original language, where I languished for nearly a week on the first paragraph.Anyway: fascinating story of brave men trying to get back home.
As another reviewer had said, this is a fascinating book. It is certainly the oldest book I have read.If you are expecting to read something akin to battle scenes in GLADIATOR or 300, or even in the Iliad, this is not the book for you. There is a ring of truth to everything that is narrated here. Xenophon, the writer, was a participant in the march and there seems to be little embellishment.Highly recommended.
Greek and Roman literature are a big hole I have to fix this year. Xenophon's memoir of the expedition made me think of Tony Blair's book, for he is always trying to justify his actions and trying to look as the better man. Besides that, the detail in which each tribe, general and place is described is impressive. Perhaps not an epic story but an interesting one.
It has to be one of the most fascinating stories ever and one that deals with a major change in human society and its profound effects. The Greek soldiers trapped in no man's land can only survive because they are free citizens, educated to decide democratically rather than obey. It is this strength that allows them to ultimately return home.
Translated Book I of this Greek text for the third semester of college Greek. Not sorry to be done with it, but it's a pretty good edition for beginner translation work, with helpful notes in the back of the book.
I am translating (or attempting to translate) Xenophon's account in my intermediate-level Greek class. So far, I am enjoying it. Then again, I am only on page 4. The suspension is building as Xenophon gathers money, mercenaries, and (his) mother's support in order to wage war.
Love it! Have not gotten too far as yet.
Great story about an honorable retreat.
The Persian expedition in the original Greek.
I rate this a 3 not for the story, but for my own struggles with Ancient Greek. We tackled this puppy in my second semester of Greek 1 and I think we got to the sea, but it wasn't easy!
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