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Xenophon's March : Into The Lair Of The Persian Lion - John Prevas

Xenophon's March

Into The Lair Of The Persian Lion

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780306811173
Number Of Pages: 256

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The year is 403 B.C. The Athenian philosopher Xenophon finds himself with an army of Greeks marching to what is now Turkey. Their mission: to aid the Persian pretender Cyrus in a war against his brother Artaxerxes. At a great battle, Cyrus is killed and his army destroyed--except for the Greeks holding his right flank. Xenophon and the Greeks are now stranded in the heart of the Persian Empire, outnumbered a hundred to one. The story of Xenophon's march to escape the Persian noose is an intensely personal and human tale, replete with clashes of arms and desperate hardships. It is also the tale of two civilizations at mortal odds with each other. With their turbulent mix of anarchy and democracy, Xenophon's men resembled a mobile Greek city, cutting both a military and a cultural slash through the Persian Empire. Though Xenophon's journey would end badly, his experience in the East would prove invaluable for those who followed, for sixty years later, the Greeks would return to Persia under Alexander. John Prevas brings this epoch-shaping story to life with a compelling narrative vivified by his personal retracing of much of the route trod by Xenophon and his men in one of history's great adventures.

Chronologyp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
The Greeks and the Persiansp. 15
The Tumultuous Fifth Century B.C.p. 37
The Quarrel of the Persian Brothersp. 57
Battle for the Empirep. 83
The Greeks Alonep. 101
The Persian Gauntletp. 117
North to the Seap. 131
Barbarians and Dissensionp. 151
Greeks Among Greeksp. 175
Living by the Swordp. 195
Epiloguep. 217
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 231
The Regions and City-States of Fifth-Century Greecep. 14
The Route of the Greek Mercenariesp. 116
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ISBN: 9780306811173
ISBN-10: 0306811170
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1