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ISBN-13: 978-0192824301
ISBN-10: 0192824309
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Robin Waterfield is the author of Athens: A History-from Ancient Ideal to Modern City. He has translated Plato's Symposium and Meno and other Dialogues for the Oxford World's Classics series. Tim Rood is Lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Thus edition (October 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192824309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192824301
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,112,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. on August 20, 2013
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I am by no means an authority on the Greek language or it's translation, however I will say that when a Robin Waterfield translation is available, it is the translation I choose. A highly readable modern rendition that none-the-less maintains that quotable nature inherent in the older translations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BaggyHaggy on April 13, 2013
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As always, Waterfield's masterful modern translation satisfies; accessible for current readers, yet accurate. Highly recommended for serious readers and for students.
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This amazing text was once commonly read in high school Greek classes, a parallel to Caesar's Gallic Wars in Latin classes. Now it is rarely read even in translation! The soldier Xenophon was a follower of Socrates, but decided to depart with a Greek mercenary army on an expedition for Cyrus that revealed itself to be an attempt to overthrow Cyrus's brother Artaxerxes II. Cyrus is killed in battle, and the Greeks are invited to negotiate a withdrawal. The Greek leaders go off one evening for the negotiation talks and are murdered by the Persians, leaving the Greek army decapitated. What would an army do? The Greeks elected new leaders (Xenophon among them) and began their long march home...

Great material for a movie!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Meredith on December 29, 2013
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I don't read Greek so I can't vouch for every aspect of the translation, but I did find the translation readable in the sense of not using either archaic or trendy, colloquial phrases. The footnotes and annotations are quite helpful. I have also been using the annotated Landmark series to read Thucydides and find that this pocket edition is quite a good value to provide the informative footnotes and annotations.
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