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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  • 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: 50,783

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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.