The Persian Expedition

Penguin UK
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In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army - the Ten Thousand - to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were then betrayed by their Persian employers, they were forced to march home through hundreds of miles of difficult terrain - adrift in a hostile country and under constant attack from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. In this outstanding description of endurance and individual bravery, Xenophon, one of those chosen to lead the retreating army, provides a vivid narrative of the campaign and its aftermath, and his account remains one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting a 'barbarian' world.
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Celebrated for his stirring historical accounts and insightful philosophical treatises, Xenophon’s works have enlightened readers across the world for almost two and a half thousand years. For the first time in digital publishing history, readers can now own the complete works of Xenophon in English and the original Greek. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works with beautiful illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Xenophon’s life and works
* Features the complete works of Xenophon, in both English translation and the original Greek
* Concise introductions to the historical and philosophical works
* Includes all the translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library editions of Xenophon’s works
* All texts are provided with chapter and section numbers – ideal for students
* Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Xenophon’s works
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Easily locate the sections or works you want to read with individual contents tables
* Includes the Pseudo-Xenophon rare work CONSTITUTION OF ATHENS, first time in digital print
* Features two bonus biographies, including Diogenes Laërtius’ original biography – discover Xenophon’s ancient world
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

Historical works
ANABASIS
CYROPAEDIA
HELLENICA
AGESILAUS

Socratic Works
MEMORABILIA
OECONOMICUS
SYMPOSIUM
APOLOGY

Minor Treatises
ON HORSEMANSHIP
ON THE CAVALRY GENERAL
ON HUNTING
HIERO
WAYS AND MEANS
CONSTITUTION OF THE LACEDAEMONIANS
CONSTITUTION OF THE ATHENIANS

The Greek Texts
LIST OF GREEK TEXTS

The Biographies
LIFE OF XENOPHON by Diogenes Laërtius
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF XENOPHON by Edward Spelman

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Publisher
Penguin UK
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Jun 26, 1975
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9780141909387
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Ancient / General
History / Ancient / Greece
Literary Collections / Ancient & Classical
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