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Xenophon's Anabasis, or The Expedition of Cyrus
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Xenophon's Anabasis, or The Expedition of Cyrus

Michael A. Flower

Abstract

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 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 l ... More

Keywords: Xenophon, Anabasis, The Expedition of Cyrus, Cyrus, Persian prince, Persian empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195188677.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael A. Flower, author
Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University