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Travels in the Track of the Ten Thousand Greeks

Travels in the Track of the Ten Thousand Greeks
Being a Geographical and Descriptive Account of the Expedition of Cyrus and of the Retreat of the Ten Thousand Greeks, as Related by Xenophon

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  • Xenophon's account of the homeward march of the 'Ten Thousand Greeks' in the army of Cyrus of Persia, after his death at the battle of Cunaxa in 401 BCE, describes one of the most famous feats of ancient warfare. The troops had to travel over difficult and (to them) unknown terrain in Assyria and Armenia, with their generals murdered and their ranks constantly harassed by the Persian army and hostile natives. After many months, the depleted band of about 6,000 arrived at the Black Sea coast near Trebizond. This commentary on the Anabasis was published in 1844 by William Ainsworth (1807–96), who used his knowledge of the area, drawn from two expeditions in the 1830s, to discuss the route, the terrain, and the difficulties of living off the land which the Greeks would have encountered. Both of Ainsworth's earlier travel narratives are also reissued in this series.

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    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108081085
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Position of the Persian and Greek empires at the period of the expedition
    2. Heralds arrive from Artaxerxes
    3. Disheartening position of the Greeks
    4. Entrance into Karduchia or Kurdistan
    5. Origin of Greek colonies on the Euxine
    6. The Greeks entertain ambassadors from Paphlagonia
    7. Inhospitable reception of the Greeks

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    William F. Ainsworth

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