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    DescriptionXenophon's Anabasis, or The Expedition of Cyrus, is one of the most exciting historical narratives-as well as the most important autobiographical work-to have survived from ancient Greece. It tells the story of Cyrus, a young and charismatic Persian prince, who in 401 BC enlisted more than ten thousand Greek mercenaries in an attempt to seize the vast Persian empire for himself. Cyrus was killed in a great battle, most of the Greek commanders subsequently fell victim to treachery, and an Athenian aristocrat by the name of Xenophon found himself in the unexpected position of taking charge and leading the Greeks from the vicinity of Babylon in modern Iraq back to the Greek cities in Turkey. This book both places the Anabasis in its historical and literary context and, by employing a variety of critical methods, opens up for the reader different ways of interpreting its major themes. Interrelated chapters investigate Xenophon's self-representation as a model leader, his possible didactic and apologetic purposes for writing, the generic expectations of his contemporary audience, the factual accuracy of the Anabasis, and the ways in which the gods are depicted as intervening in human affairs. This book unveils the literary artistry and narrative strategies that have gone into shaping one of the greatest survival stories of all time.


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    Title
    Xenophon's Anabasis, or the Expedition of Cyrus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael A. Flower
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195188684
    ISBN 10: 0195188683
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC E4L: LIT
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
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    LC classification: PA4494.A7 F56 2012
    DC23: 888.1
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    Illustrations note
    1 map
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    07 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Michael A. Flower is a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Classics at Princeton University.
    Review quote
    "[S]parkles on every page with apposite and often novel interpretations that shed light where there was darkness... It is a model of its kind: a generous, thoughtful, and deeply insightful interpretation of an ancient text, and one that is clear and well written." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    Contents ; Editors' Foreword ; Map ; Preface ; Introduction ; 1. The Anabasis in Context ; 2. Xenophon as Author, Narrator, and Agent ; 3. Let It be Fact and Let It be Fiction? ; 4. Style and the Shaping of Narrative ; 5. Xenophon Takes Command ; 6. Xenophon on Trial ; 7. Reading the Anabasis ; 8. The Hand of God Artfully Placed ; Bibliography ; Prominent Persons ; General Index ; Index Locorum