I found the account of the Cyreans' march to and from Cunaxa, as well as the battle itself, to be particularly gripping. Anyway, this is a very well structured book. The book thereby has narrative drive and there is an excellent bibliography for those who wish to explore the controversies of history. None of the zing and pzzazz Plato should have. Nothing is known of his wife beyond her name: Philesia. He explains the context clearly and concisely, and shows how some of the same conflicts we face today are due at least in part to the ancient gulf between European and thus American and the Middle East.
His vignettes of Greek warfare and camp life as well as the continued squabble among the Greeks are well written and incite to further lecture in which task the ably commented and collected bibliography comes handy. Agesilaus is a ferocious military tactician and fighter who waged campaigns in Persia and on Greek soil. The book thereby has narrative drive and there is an excellent bibliography for those who wish to explore the controversies of history. Did Xenophon provide an answer to the question about an Ideal Polis, a most desirable form of political organization? No podría hacer una breve descripción de lo que me ha parecido este libro mejor que la que hay en esta página, en el resumen que se hace del mismo. Waterfield will help you gain more from Xenophon's March Upcountry Anabasis.
In the wake of the defeat, Xenophon is elected a general and must lead the men on a fraught journey back to Greece. The politics of Cyrus' situation in the Persian Empire. Upon his return to Greece, Xenophon continued his mercenary work under a Spartan general named Agesilaus. For one example of his work in moral philosophy, he emphasized the importance of self-control, which comprises one of the cardinal virtues of Greek popular morality. The army musters -- 6.
I expected so much more from this book. If I'd read that first I probably wouldn't have continued. Get a copy in a language you understand well and read it through. He lectured at Newcastle University and St Andrews before joining Penguin books as an editor. If I'd read that first I probably wouldn't have continued.
He makes firm statements about what happened using inference and supposition from the meagre evidence we possess. Xenophon takes command -- 8. When his adoptive city of Sparta was defeated in the Battle of Leuctra in 371 B. For he believed that men so prepared fight with all their might; nor in point of fact did he deceive himself. The problems he discussed were: what is godly? It conduces to health, it results in earned rewards, it keeps us off the streets of temptation, and builds character. Waterfield, unlike his ancient source, tells the story briskly and vividly. Socrates is often said to have exemplified it in the highest degree.
More than 20 years ago someone told me Republic was a good read, so I obtained a copy it just happened to be Waterfield's translation and that was the start of my love affair with ancient Greece. I would recommend you read Anabasis first. None of the zing and pzzazz Plato should have. Then, get this book and gain an appreciation for more of the story, background, territory, history, the context and even Waterfield's own travels over most of the route that the 10,000 took. After an epic battle in Persia, Xenophon is elected general of the defeated Greek army and must lead the men on a fraught journey back home - a journey of hundreds of miles, north from modern-day Iraq into the mountains of Kurdistan and Armenia, and down to the coast of the Black Sea, fighting all the way, harried on all sides by Persian forces, wild mountain tribesmen, and a bitter winter.
With this first masterpiece of Western military history forming the backbone of his book, Robin Waterfield explores what remains unsaid and assumed in Xenophon's account--much about the gruesome nature of ancient battle and logistics, the lives of Greek and Persian soldiers, and questions of historical, political, and personal context, motivation, and conflicting agendas. A couple of years ago I read someone else's translation of Republic and it was plodding and boring. I would recommend you read Anabasis first. After Cyrus died during the battle of Cunaxa, the now masterless Greek mercenaries were escorted by the Persian army to die in the wintery Turkish highlands. In addition to the Memorabilia, Xenophon also wrote a Symposium and an Apology. One thing is clear and beyond controversy: Xenophon has an abiding interest in describing leadership, the constellation of qualities that enables a person to function as a leader in groups, whether military, civic, or familial.
Xenophon: Oxford Readings in Classical Studies, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 283-323. Waterfield uses the same necklace approach as does Herodotus, with the story of the expedition forming the chain of the book and with sections on a great variety of subjects depending from it, steadily building up a picture of the world. Each lady tries to persuade Herakles to choose her way, with Vice offering a life of pleasures and self-indulgence, and Virtue offering the rigors of self-control which she argues will lead to true happiness. He makes firm statements about what happened using inference and supposition from the meagre evidence we possess. After an epic battle in Persia, Xenophon is elected general of the defeated Greek army and must lead the men on a fraught journey back home - a journey of hundreds of miles, north from modern-day Iraq into the mountains of Kurdistan and Armenia, and down to the coast of the Black Sea, fighting all the way, harried on all sides by Persian forces, wild mountain tribesmen, and a bitter winter. He admires the Spartan ideal of equality and laments its erosion. Mortimer Adler s If you haven't read Xenophon's Anabasis yourself, make that the first item of business.
Here also he would write the bulk of his works, raise a family, and keep a distanced and reflective historical eye on the political fortunes of Athens. These treatises are not flatly how-to manuals but also are infused with a distinctive world-view and a definite value-scheme. The result is a rounded version of the story of Cyrus's ill-fated march and the Greeks' perilous retreat--a nuanced and dramatic perspective on a critical moment in history that may tell us as much about our present-day adventures in the Middle East, site of Cyrus's debacle and the last act of the Golden Age, as it does about the great powers of antiquity in a volatile period of transition. On the armature of Xenophon's narrative Waterfield sculpts a readable, accurate recounting of the Greek march up-country and the retreat after Cunaxa. I tried to trace Xenophon's route using Google Earth but there were too many places that didn't seem quite right. In any case, he made an admirable attempt to traverse the same route that Xenophon and his troops did. Waterfield discusses Xenophon's Expedition of Cyrus Anabasis as a frame for his narrative.
Some paradoxical aspects of the work fuel the arguments about how it should be interpreted. This volume should be paired with the original text by Xeonophon. Now I see that the text of Anabasis itself is vague and contradictory enough that I wasn't likely to come up with a firm route after leaving the Tigris. Among the slain of Cyrus's troops are a contingent of Greek mercenaries, known as The Ten Thousand. That said, I understand Waterfield has done his own. No notes, but if you have Xenophon's Retreat you won't need them. He attributes Alexander's ambition to conquer the Persian Empire directly to his reading of Xenophon.