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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Xenophon Narrator: Pat Bottino Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition. This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. It demonstrates how Greek theories of government and morality worked out in practice—for with his admiration for the great, Xenophon had a rare ability to understand and describe the outlook of lesser men. His own fortunes, too, are intensely moving. Cool, calculating, brilliant, and intensely pious, he is one of the most fascinating characters of history, and his account of his own doings is so far from being self-conscious that he seems to be one of the very few Greeks whose ways and manners have been accurately documented.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dergrossest | 2/1/2014

    " Amazing is the only word for this story about a band of Greek mercenaries stranded in modern-day Iraq who must walk and fight their way back home through all sorts of hostiles. I wish I could find this in hardcover as I would pay any price for it. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jrobertus | 2/1/2014

    " In 401 BC a Greek mercenary force was recruited by Cyrus to overthow his brother Artaxerxes, the Great King of Persia. The Greeks were successful in battle but Cyrus was killed and the Persians turned on the Greeks. After luring their officers into a trap and killing them, the Greeks chose new leaders, including Xenophon, to fight their way back over 1000 miles to Greece. This is Xenophon's recounting and it is fascinating. He describes their plans, execution, suffering, and the tribes they meet along the way. This unabridged audio book is read wonderfully and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 1/30/2014

    " I read an incredibly old edition published as "Anabasis," translated by Rev. J.S. Watson. This is a pretty interesting account that I read due to its influence on Sol Yurick for his novel "The Warriors." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 1/30/2014

    " As Will Durant said, this has got to be one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. Which must be why it's been adapted into upwards of thirty literary, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy novels, not to mention a handful of movies. What a character in Xenophon, all of mercenary, statesmen, and philosopher, student of Socrates, rival of Plato. Having been written some 2400 years ago, his Anabasis reads a crisp and well paced as any modern thriller. "

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