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The Anabasis is a highly entertaining read. The translation is sufficient for even a casual reader to pick up and absorb. If one can get over the preconceived notion of a dusty ancient text, one is in for a real treat: imagine trying to assemble a mercenary army to retake your father's throne from your traitorous brother. Imagine trying to do this in foreign nations with animals and plant life you've never seen before. This is all covered in the perspective not of the vengeful Cyrus nor even a general in his army, but that of a writer who was persuaded to tag along by his friend, a soldier.
The telling goes light on the recounting of military detail and focuses on the interpersonal relationships of everyone involved. It also recounts with wide-eyed marvel the strange new monsters they encounter, such as the donkey, the ostrich (impossible to catch, and therefore probably inedible), and the kestrel. Xenophon also takes a moment to focus on the character of Cyrus, what made him memorable and outstanding among men.