Xenophons Anabasis, or The Expedition of Cyrus

Paperback | June 14, 2012

byMichael A. Flower

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Xenophon'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 morethan 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 oftaking 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 possibledidactic 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 goneinto shaping one of the greatest survival stories of all time.

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Xenophon'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 morethan ten thousand Greek mercenaries in an attem...

Michael A. Flower is a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Classics at Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195188683

ISBN - 13:9780195188684

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Editors' ForewordMapPrefaceIntroduction1. The Anabasis in Context2. Xenophon as Author, Narrator, and Agent3. Let It be Fact and Let It be Fiction?4. Style and the Shaping of Narrative5. Xenophon Takes Command6. Xenophon on Trial7. Reading the Anabasis8. The Hand of God Artfully PlacedBibliographyProminent PersonsGeneral IndexIndex Locorum