The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

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Edited by Robert B Strassler, Translated by John Marincola, Introduction by David Thomas

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  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 579 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 226mm x 36mm | 1,769g
  • Publication date: 7 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400034760
  • ISBN 13: 9781400034765
  • Illustrations note: 2-COLOR MAPS AND HALFTONES THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 251,516

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From the editor of the widely praised "The Landmark Thucydides "and" The Landmark Herodotus," here is a new edition of Xenophon's "Hellenika," the primary source for the events of the final seven years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. "Hellenika "covers the years between 411 and 362 B.C.E., a particularly dramatic period during which the alliances among Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Persia were in constant flux. Together with the volumes of Herodotus and Thucydides, it completes an ancient narrative of the military and political history of classical Greece. Xenophon was an Athenian who participated in the expedition of Cyrus the Younger against Cyrus' brother, the Perisan King Artaxerces II. Later Xenophon joined the Spartan army and hence was exiled from Athens. In addition to the "Hellenika, "a number of his essays have survived, including one on his memories of his teacher, Socrates. Beautifully illustrated, heavily annotated, and filled with detailed, clear maps, this edition gives us a new, authoritative, and completely accessible translation by John Marincola, an comprehensive introduction by David Thomas, sixteen appendices written by leading classics scholars, and an extensive timeline/chronology to clarify this otherwise confusing period. Unlike any other edition of the "Hellenika," it also includes the relevant texts of Diodorus Siculus and the Oxyrhynchus Historian, with explanatory footnotes and a table that correlates passages of the three works, which is perhaps crucial to an assessment of Xenophon's reliability and quality as a historian. Like the two Landmark editions that precede it, "The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika "is the most readable and comprehensive edition available of an essential history.

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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. JOHN MARINCOLA is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University. He is the author and editor of many books about Greek and Roman historiography and has translated a number of classical texts. He lives in Florida.

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“Lavish. . . . Outstanding. . . . There is nothing else like [it].”—"The New York Review of Books" “Beautifully produced. . . . [A] veritable treasure trove. . . . Constitute[s] a first-rate education in classical history.”—"The New Criterion" “Robert Strassler has delivered again. . . . This is an excellent addition to the Landmark series.”—"Sacramento Book Review" 

Table of contents

Introduction by David Thomas Editor’s Preface by Robert B. Strassler Acknowledgments Chronological Outline of Text by Book/Chapter/Section in Xenophon’s Hellenika Key to Maps   BOOK ONE BOOK TWO BOOK THREE BOOK FOUR BOOK FIVE BOOK SIX BOOK SEVEN   Appendix A The Arginousai Affair Peter Krentz, Davidson College   Appendix B The Athenian Government and the Oligarchy of the Thirty Peter Krentz, Davidson College   Appendix C Chronological Problems in the Continuation (1.1.1–2.3.10) of Xenophon’s Hellenika David Thomas, Hertfordshire, UK   Appendix D Persia in Xenophon’s Hellenika Christopher Tuplin, University of Liverpool   Appendix E Spartan Government and Society Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge   Appendix F The Spartan Army (and the Battle of Leuctra) Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge   Appendix G Agesilaos Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge   Appendix H Political Leagues (Other Than Sparta’s) in Xenophon’s Hellenika P. J. Rhodes, University of Durham, NC   Appendix I Units of Distance, Currency, and Capacity in Xenophon’s Hellenika Thomas R. Martin, College of the Holy Cross   Appendix J Ancient Greek Religion in the Time of Xenophon Christopher Blackwell, Furman University   Appendix K Trireme Warfare in Xenophon’s Hellenika Nicole Hirschfeld, Trinity University   Appendix L Land Warfare in Xenophon’s Hellenika JohnW. I. Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara   Appendix M Brief Biographies of Important Characters in Xenophon’s Hellenika Skyler Balbus, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, MA Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge Robert B. Strassler, Brookline, MA David Thomas, Hertfordshire, UK   Appendix N Compositional Theories of Xenophon’s Hellenika David Thomas, Hertfordshire, UK   Appendix O Selections from the Histories of Diodorus Siculus Relevant to Xenophon’s Hellenika Translated by Peter Green, University of Iowa   Appendix P Selected Fragments of the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia Relevant to Xenophon’s Hellenika Translated by John Marincola, Florida State University   Translator’s Notes by John Marincola Cross-Reference Table of Related Passages in Xenophon’s Hellenika, Diodorus’ Histories, and the Hellenica Oxyrhynchia Glossary Ancient Sources Cited in This Edition of Xenophon’s Hellenika Bibliography for the General Reader Figure Credits Index Reference Maps and Directory