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In The Persian Expedition (also known as The March of the Ten Thousand and Anabasis), Xenophon, a disciple of Socrates, relates his experiences of fighting with the Greek mercenary army "The Ten Thousand" in Persia, and how he led them back to the safety of the Black Sea coast.
Seeking to depose his brother Artaxerxes and take his place upon the Persian throne, Cyrus the Younger leads the 10,000 mercenaries on a dangerous campaign deep into the heart of Persia. There, Cyrus is killed and his generals overthrown, leaving a young Xenophon to lead the army on its treacherous journey home. Snowy mountains, wide rivers, violent blizzards, and hostile tribes obstruct their way, testing Xenophon's leadership and his soldiers' perseverance to the extreme.
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classic story, classic narrator
I am sure that I don't have to explain the the march of the 10,000 Greeks, the classic military account by their general Xenophon. It is a timeless work that brings the listener right into the camp of of the Hellenes, into the counsel of the kings, and along the long march.
As great a story for the military man this story is however, the reader steals the show.
David Timson may be the best reader that I know of. His work is SO good, from modern science fiction or ancient military classics, he is the best that I know of.
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Enjoyable and Informative
I really liked this one. The story was interesting and I enjoy this narrator's delivery. Of the Ancient Greek stories, this one is easier to get through than most, both due to its length and the story content which moves along nicely. Xenophon was an interesting character who lived in a tumultuous time.