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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I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!
The death of Cyrus and the battlefield promotion of a whole new set of officers including the author Xenophon himself.
Yes, Alexander the Great by Arrian and The Egyptian by Mika Waltari. Charlton Griffin reminds me a of Attenborough or maybe Charlton Heston; he has a deep resonant voice that sounds avuncular and wise. I pictured some old fellow in a toga reading to me or reciting these stories all by wrote. A good reader makes or breaks material this densely packed; Mr. Griffin is excellent.
Xenophon is a fascinating, lively author writing about very interesting times indeed. As for the reader, imagine Shakespeare being read by someone who didn't like or understand it but wanted to speak clearly. He did not convey a sense that he cared about his subject matter or wished to bother trying to convey it in a manner that would draw in the listener.
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