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Verified Purchase. Xenophon was a brilliant tactician, the father of equestrianism, an excellent writer and an all around bad ass.

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He successfully led approximately Greeks back home from an ill fated expedition to help Cyrus overthrow his father, the king of Persia. Without the leadership and tactical skills of Xenophon every single Greek soldier would most likely have died in Persia as a slave. Although this book is more than years old it reads like a modern day adventure story.

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Don't be intimidated by the fact that you don't know any of the players in this tale. Xenophon introduces the cast of characters with intimate details and by the time you finish the book you'll want to join up to serve in Xenophon's army.

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Fast pace, exceptionally well written and a pure joy to read. Recommended for everyone.

The classic story of 10, Greek mercenaries cut off in enemy territory who have to fight their way to safety. And the best part is that it's absolutely true! A generation ago, many prep school students like me took Latin. Even decades after reading this in school, my father remembered this story quite well, which gave me the impression that it was probably fairly good. When I eventually read it myself, I finally understood why it made such an impression on him. The insights that it gives you into ancient Greek culture are also interesting, but that's probably not why generations of teenage boys liked it so much.

One person found this helpful. Should be required reading in public schools But that would be a real education.

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Im far too biased to make a solid review, but this is afterall my all time favorite piece of literature. Xenophon's "Anabasis" is the ultimate story, and its completely non fiction. This, in my opinion, is one of the most valient stories ever told, and truly marks the fullest capacities of the human being when strict discipline, steadfast honor, and unwavering bravery are instilled into the culture of the times. The characters who are all real people involved set a precedence that few, if any, in modern times could ever hope to stand against.

The villians play their role as all dramatic works of literature would portray their "bad guys," and the heroes, especially the unexpected underdogs, play their roles as all respectable victors should. The reader must keep in mind that the author is a military chronicler, not a literary entertainer, so the piece reads much like a step-by-step account, rather than an entertaining story not to say that this isnt entertaining!

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It has quite a stoical tone, merely recalling the tribulations the soldiers endured. The events recalled, however, are sure to widen the eyes of any reader. Some of the mightiest human feats are accomplished in this tome, and amazingly, the larger portion of this renegade army of mercenaries makes it back home, to begin fighting once more in the Peloponnesian wars. The cultures they encounter, the obstacles they overcome, the hundreds of thousands of soldiers they defeat, all while starving, freezing, burning under the sun, dying of thirst, and longing for home, lead one to imagine the quality of this class of soldier in the classical world.

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