The Persian Expedition

By Xenophon
Translated by Rex Warner
Read by Pat Bottino

10.10 Hours 01/01/1999 unabridged
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Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition. This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. It demonstrates how Greek theories of government and morality worked out in practice—for with his admiration for the great, Xenophon had a rare ability to understand and describe the outlook of lesser men. His own fortunes, too, are intensely moving. Cool, calculating, brilliant, and intensely pious, he is one of the most fascinating characters of history, and his account of his own doings is so far from being self-conscious that he seems to be one of the very few Greeks whose ways and manners have been accurately documented.

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Summary

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Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition. This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. It demonstrates how Greek theories of government and morality worked out in practice—for with his admiration for the great, Xenophon had a rare ability to understand and describe the outlook of lesser men. His own fortunes, too, are intensely moving. Cool, calculating, brilliant, and intensely pious, he is one of the most fascinating characters of history, and his account of his own doings is so far from being self-conscious that he seems to be one of the very few Greeks whose ways and manners have been accurately documented.

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Reviews

by SWolf 9/13/2017
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Interesting Ancient Story

It is very interesting to hear a story from a time so long ago. I recommend you do some research before starting this book as Xenophon descriptions of the characters and setting is somewhat limited, for example the Cyrus he talk of in his story is not Cyrus the Great, but rather a man who is challenging the current Persian king for the thrown. All in all the story is quite fascinating but it can be quite tiring to hear all the Greek names over a long period of time, I am not sure if I will ever get used to that. It did leave me with an impression that slavery, pillaging, child sexual abuse, and other acts we would call criminal today appear to be common place. Though it is tempting to say the Greek soldiers had some serious issues I feel these things were probably common in the ancient world, not making me quite proud of our own ancestry.

Author

Author Bio: Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 431–355 BC) served for some years as a mercenary in the Middle East and Asia Minor and later wrote pioneering works on history, politics, and philosophy, as well as a number of technical treatises.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English