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The Anabasis of Cyrus 1st Edition

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"'In the army there was a certain Xenophon . . .' Here is a new translation of Xenophon's most beautiful work, done for the first time with the care due to its political acuteness and its philosophical importance. Wayne Ambler and Eric Buzzetti invite us to ponder and enjoy Xenophon's third-person, autobiographical masterpiece."―Harvey C. Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University

"This is a superb translation of a timeless classic of political philosophy. The Anabasis is the most important writing of the political philosopher Xenophon and any introductory or advanced study of the history of political theory must give prominence to this work. So rich is the Anabasis that it will naturally command the interest of scholars and students of political and military history, political leadership, military science, and classics."―Peter Ahrensdorf, Davidson College

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Xenophon was a soldier, mercenary and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the sayings of Socrates, and the life of Greece.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801489997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801489990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine yourself a non-commissioned officer (sargent, let's say), a thousand miles from home in an army of 10,000 countrymen, on a regime-change mission with the guy who should be King of the empire of your mortal enemy in two previous wars. You use the usurper's contacts to get almost to the city gates of the enemy empire, and in one, brief battle you lose the would-be King. In the next couple days you lose ALL of your officers, who figure the enemy would be glad to just let them leave, but instead are slaughtered during a truce negotiation. Now it's up to you alone to lead the entire Army through an unknown, mountainous, hostile environment, with little to no supplies, past city states crammed full of people and Armies that want nothing more than to see you dead to the last man. This is THAT book, written by the sargent-come-general himself, after he made it home. Xenophon was an excellent general, becoming a hero in the next major war, this time between Athens and Sparta, and writing a landmark history of the war (Hellenika) after he was sidelined, interviewing folks on both sides of the conflict. Xenophon writes with a clear, historically attuned style, relating the action as it happened. No story teller, he writes so that people who come after him will learn from his writings what happened, why it happened, and how it could have been avoided.
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This book is such a great epic, as well as standard military fare from 400 BC. I love how I can read a book written 3000 years ago and feel a deep pain of humanity as Xenophon and his cohort's trials. This book is amazing, with a wicked sense of humor, and morbid pragmatism, made more compelling due to it's non-fictional nature.
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Eric Buzetti's introduction and Wayne Ambler's translation and notes remind one how important Xenophon is. It seems to me to be an excellent entry to the writings of this 'gentleman' general who also wrote Socratic dialogues, which I now hope to revisit with renewed interest.
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Classic, amazing to reach back through the ages and converse with the learned dead, makes one question how fart mankind has really progressed
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