The Persian Expedition

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Penguin Adult, Jun 26, 1975 - History - 384 pages
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In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army the Ten Thousand to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were then betrayed by their Persian employers, they were forced to march home through hundreds of miles of difficult terrain adrift in a hostile country and under constant attack from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. In this outstanding description of endurance and individual bravery, Xenophon, one of those chosen to lead the retreating army, provides a vivid narrative of the campaign and its aftermath, and his account remains one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting a barbarian world.

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A ripping good yarn. - Goodreads
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It is amazing that an army of ten thousand Greek mercenaries were able to hold together and fight their way home through hostile country from the middle of the Persian Empire. But the story goes on ... Read full review

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A riveting adventure that has the make of movie plot. Read full review

About the author (1975)

Xenophon was born c.430BC, an Athenian gentleman. Whilst fighting for Greece, he was finally banished due to his devotion to Socrates and support for Sparta. Settling near Olympia under Spartan protection, he began to write his treatises, histories and biographies.

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