The Persian Expedition: Persian Expedition

The Persian Expedition: Persian Expedition

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)

By (author) Xenophon, Introduction by George Cawkwell, Translated by Rex Warner

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 26 June 1975
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140440070
  • ISBN 13: 9780140440072
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 50,172

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In "The Persian Expedition", Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army - the Ten Thousand - to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were then betrayed by their Persian employers, they were forced to march home through hundreds of miles of difficult terrain - adrift in a hostile country and under constant attack from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. In this outstanding description of endurance and individual bravery, Xenophon, one of those chosen to lead the retreating army, provides a vivid narrative of the campaign and its aftermath, and his account remains one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting a 'barbarian' world.

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Xenophon was born c.430BC, an Athenian gentleman. Whilst fighting for Greece, he was finally banished due to his devotion to Socrates and support for Sparta. Settling near Olympia under Spartan protection, he began to write his treatises, histories and biographies.

Table of contents

The Persian ExpeditionIntroduction Translator's Note Map Book I: The Attempt of Cyrus 1. Cyrus Builds up His Army 2. The March from Sardis to Tarsus 3. Clearchus Deals with a Mutiny 4. Through the Syrian Gates and Across the Euphrates 5. The Arabian Desert. Quarrel Between Menon and Clearchus 6. Cyrus Deals with a Traitor 7. Cyrus Prepares for Battle, but the King Retreats 8. The Battle of Cunaxa and Death of Cyrus 9. The Character of Cyrus 10. After the Battle Book II: The Greeks are Isolated 1. The King's Messenger 2. The Greeks Join Arieaeus 3. The Greeks sign a Treaty with Tissaphernes 4. The March Begins with Mutual Suspicion 5. Tissaphernes' Treachery 6. Characters of the Five Generals Book III: The March to Kurdestan 1. Xenophon Takes the Initiative 2. The Council of War 3. The Greeks Suffer from Slings and Arrows 4. Tissaphernes Still in Pursuit 5. Between the Tigris and the Mountains Book IV: The March to the Sea 1. The Entry into Kurdestan 2. Fighting in the Mountains 3. The Crossing into Armenia 4. They Sack the Camp of Tiribazus 5. Marching Through the Snow 6. They Capture a Pass by a Manoeuvre 7. The Greeks Catch Sight of the Sea 8. They Arrive at Trapezus Book V: The March to Paphlagénia 1. Chirisophus Goes to Get Ships 2. A Plundering Expedition 3. The Greeks Leave Trapezus, Xenophon's Estate in Later Years 4. The Barbarous Mossynoeici 5. Xenophon Speaks for the Army 6. Xenophon Thinks of Founding a City 7. Xenophon Defends Himself 8. Xenophon Justifies Discipline in Emergency Book VI: The March to the Bosporus 1. Xenophon Refuses the Offer of the Supreme Command 2. The Army Splits into Three 3. Xenophon Rescues the Arcadians 4. The Army Reunited. Difficulties About Provisions 5. A Greek Victory 6. Some Trouble with the Spartans Book VII: Byzantium, Thrace and Asia Minor 1. Trouble at Byzantium 2. Xenophon Negotiates with Seuthes 3. The Greeks March with Seuthes 4. Successful Fighting with Seuthes 5. Trouble About the Pay 6. Xenophon is Attacked and Defends Himself 7. Xenophon Speaks to Seuthes 8. Xenophon Leaves the Army Glossary Index