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Anabasis: The March Up Country Paperback – January 2, 2007
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By Lawrence Woodlock
I recently purchased this publisher's Herodotus volume, and was so impressed I gave it a lengthy review, and quickly purchased their Xenophon! I would, indeed, buy anything else they publish. The Anabasis of Xenophon (all seven books) appears in a very nice and scalable Greek font with an accompanying English transation below, both of which display beautifully on my Paperwhite - an excellent alternative to multi-volume English-Greek printed texts, at a much lower cost and in a much smaller package! It's a pleasure to read these books on the Kindle.
In a couple days of reading, I've spotted few obvious anomalies in the text of either language. I did observe near the beginning of Book Five that the translation refers to a certain "Antileon", who is named "Leon" in the Greek text - suggesting that the English translation may be based on a slightly different Greek text from the one actually before us. The English translation in any event reads smoothly, and provides a good crib for those focused primarily on the Greek text. Books Two through Five, and Book Seven, open with a brief summary of what has gone before - inserted in parenthes. This parenthetical material is included in many Greek manuscripts, and is rightly included (in brackets) here. It is thought that these brief introductions were not written by Xenophon, but were added a few centuries later, when the work was divided into the seven books we have today.
As I said in my review of the Herodotus volume: "After too many years, we now know that it is possible for ancient Greek texts to come into their own on e-readers. From their website, it appears that the publisher's inspiration for this work was Heinrich Schliemann, who carried his texts with him everywhere, for use whenever he found a moment to read. This is certainly something that Herr Schliemann would have loved!"
I certaily hope the publisher will find the stamina to provide us with other volumes like these two.
contracted to Cyrus to help overthrown his brother and win the Persian Empire. Cyrus' attempt failed, and the Greeks had to stay together and fight their way home.
If you want to see how a leader comports himself under the most difficult of situations read this book. If you want to know what it takes to lead a phalanx of Greek mercenaries, read this book. If you want to learn how to speechify your way out of tight circumstances, read this book.
new meaning in this book. I felt sorry for both the soldiers and to the unfortunate people who happened to be living along the route
they chose to go home.