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The March of the Ten Thousand | [Xenophon]

The March of the Ten Thousand

Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.
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Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his feckless sibling in 401 B.C., he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 hoplites as the core of his rebellious force. Xenophon, who seeks the advice of Socrates before joining, is among the common soldiers. Inexorably, Cyrus and his huge army march southward 1,500 miles from the coast of Ionia all the way to Babylon, and there give battle to Artaxerxes, the Great King. Although the battle is soon decided in favor of Cyrus, the would-be usurper is killed while in pursuit of the king. Meanwhile, the Greeks are victorious on their part of the battlefield and await the return of Cyrus and his instructions.

By the next morning, they realize that Cyrus is dead and that his allies have melted away in the night, leaving them alone trapped behind enemy lines within a few miles of the Persian capital. And only a few miles distant lies an enormous Persian army with vengeance in mind. Despair deepens when the Greek officer corps is treacherously murdered during peace talks. Alone, leaderless and hopelessly outnumbered, the Greeks nevertheless elect new officers.

Xenophon steps into the pages of history with his magnificent rallying speeches and selfless acts of courage. Follow one of history's most spirited bands of soldiers as they fight and maneuver their way through 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-05-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A Lesson in Leadership"

    This is a translation of Xenophon's book "Anabasis" of his 401 B.C. participation as a mercenary in the army of Cyrus. Cyrus hired Greek mercenary to add to his Persian army to fight his brother King Artaxerxes II of Persia for the throne. He told the Greek he was going against the Pisidians. Cyrus was killed at the Battle of Canaxa. The Ten Thousand mercenaries found themselves without leadership far from the sea, deep in hostile territory near the heart of Mesopotamia. Xenophan was elected as one of the leaders and they fought their way north through hostile country chased by the Persian Army to the Black Sea then to Greece. His book records the entire expedition and his speeches to the soldiers and his reasons for each of the action they told. Great lessons in leadership and tactics. If you enjoy history this is a must book. Alexander used the book as a guide through the area. The description of the land in 401 B.C. is great. Charlton Griffin did a great job reading the book and pronouncing all the words.

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    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 12-14-10
    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 12-14-10
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    "Excellent insight on leadership"

    I found this book on accident when I found out it was the inspiration for "The Warriors". I debated on whether to download it but it has become one of my favorite books. The reader who wants an engaging story will not be dissapointed. However the true brilliance of this book lies in how Xenophon shows great use of reason and leadership in the face of extreme trials. If anyone is a project manager or has any interest in being a good leader this book is more useful than The Art of War.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Leddy NY 10-02-11
    B. Leddy NY 10-02-11 Member Since 2015

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    "EXCELLENT"

    Great story - and the basis for the 1979 cult classic movie "The Warriors." Xenophon's original version is far more interesting and exciting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    entropent Wesley Chapel FL 05-23-06
    entropent Wesley Chapel FL 05-23-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth your time"

    This was a really fun read. The narrative moved along at a good pace; it never felt slow or boring. It gives the reader an excellent insight into the mind of the ancient Greek--his sense of honor, his relationship with his gods, and his way of war. It was interesting to see how the traveling army interacted with different cultures that it met. The narrator was good, which is important. The music between books didn't really add anything of value. But this is highly recommended for history fans.

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    Randall Houston, TX, United States 08-29-13
    Randall Houston, TX, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Ancient Warfare Comes Alive"

    I'd known the basic story for years, but hearing Xenophon's personal account really brought it to life in a special way. I listened to this in my car on my long drive to & from work, so I often found myself rushing to my computer when I got home to look up what is known about the various peoples encountered along the army's march. Xenophon seems to have been a careful chronicler even if he did write about these events several years after their conclusion.

    If I had a complaint it would be that, in listening to this story, I found myself wanting a cheat sheet & a map for all of the places visited.

    Charlton Griffin is a good, scholarly sounding performer. He made me feel like it really was Xenophon doing the speaking.

    Listen to this if you are even remotely interested in Ancient Greek culture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kappavpi 01-23-12
    Kappavpi 01-23-12 Listener Since 2004
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    What made the experience of listening to The March of the Ten Thousand the most enjoyable?

    I like history and Charlton Griffin's reading. It is also very interesting to hear an historical account written by someone who was actually there (Xenophon).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The March of the Ten Thousand?

    When after winning their part of the battle, but finding out that the battle in general was lost, they did not panic or surrender but maintained their formations and marched solidly out.


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    Xenophon, who narrates the story as a firsthand witness and participant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ten thousand men, through two thousand miles of enemies.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was by no means dry, but neither was it very exciting. I would say that it was on the positive side of interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth B. Wolfe Santa Fe, NM 10-24-11
    Kenneth B. Wolfe Santa Fe, NM 10-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Engaging Adventure"

    This engaging adventure story tells of Xenophon's return from Mesopotamia with his Greek mercenaries. The narrator gives an excellent performance.

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    Cressida SAUNDERSTOWN, RI, United States 08-15-11
    Cressida SAUNDERSTOWN, RI, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, excellent audio"

    There is a reason why Machiavelli and other modern political philosophers love Xenophon; he is the most modern of the ancients: Xenophon examines the nature of politics and war from the perspective of a man of action rather than from a Platonic idealistic view. That is not to say that the book lacks a philosophical perspective -- it is deeply philosophic -- just not idealistic. Rather than arguing for abstract theories of morality, Xenophon shows you war from the perspectives of those involved in it. He also examines the motives for war, retreat, peace, and the nature of loyality, justice, and the role of the Gods in war. He can be read for pure pleasure, and read for insights into politics and the nature of man, conflict, war, peace, and the nature of the philosopher's relationship to politics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 07-18-11
    Eric Toronto, ON, Canada 07-18-11
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    "Much more accessible than I thought"

    I bought this in a fit of enthusiasm after hearing the recommendation on The History of Rome podcast. It languished in my library for over a year before I finally decided to listen. I genuinely enjoyed the story, learned more than I expected about ancient Greece and much to my surprise, found it more engaging and accessible than I'd expected. Definitely worth checking out for anyone at all interested in ancient Greece or ancient warfare.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-16-11
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 03-16-11 Member Since 2005

    Larry

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    "Leadership"

    Few people are prepared to lead. Xenophon was and did. He led from a sense of obligation and not priviledge. To read this book is to take a masters level course in leadership.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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