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on 16 February 2010
This is the third of the Landmark editions (the others being Herodotus and Thucydides), a series designed for people who want to understand these Greek classics, but who don't already have an encylopaedic knowledge of the other sources. The books fill in the historical gaps, provide maps so that you know where the authors are talking about (since if you are enything like me, you will have next to no idea of where say Megara is in relation to Sparta or Eretria - and that's before we even get started on the places in Asia!), and provide chronologies, notes, pictures and appendices (on subjects such as trireme warfare, Ancient greek religion, units of measurement etc), to keep you fully in the picture.
Xenophon's Hellenika is the primary source for the period between 411 and 362BC ie. the end of and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. It therefore effectively completes the story started by Thucydides. In this edition are also to be found relevant texts from the other major sources of the period: Diodorus Siculus and the Oxyrhynchus historian; enabling a side by side comparison with the Xenophon text.
All in all a terrific book - ideal for people coming to the subject with little knowledge, but with masses of information to tempt the well informed also!
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on 11 July 2011
This book has everything: maps galore, illustrations, photos in b&w, footnotes, appendixes of other related and relevant texts, bibliography, index, glossary, side summary notes every paragraph, individual page title headings, timelines etc, etc. One might say that the text itself is rather swamped by all this extra information but I think the text is such a detailed catalogue of events anyway that the extra info really helps to follow what is going on and put things in context. Superb edition.
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on 18 December 2011
This series is an essential. It is not possible to read ancient historical texts without maps. This series provides lots of maps. Lots are needed to read about territories, lands and towns that emerged, faded or changed over time, sometimes even over a relatively short time.
It is hard to explain why other publishers produce such texts without maps or with inadequate maps.
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on 5 June 2016
An essential work for anyone interested in Xenophon, whether for general readership or research activities. It literally dips the Hellenika in a coat of context: a brilliant introduction by David Thomas that will have you wanting more Xenophon; a great translation given added meaning with a plethora of maps and images; a series of authoritative appendices by Classical experts on many aspects of the "Age of Xenophon"; and access to relevant translations of the works of ancient authors who sometimes support, contradict or add to Xenophon's history.

In fact, the inclusion of rival histories of the period that Xenophon narrates, discreetly turns the reader into a budding amateur historian -- you will find yourself debating with Xenophon, Diodorus and the mysterious Oxyrhynchus historian. The Landmark's Landmark in my opinion (although the Landmark Arrian now beckons!).
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on 4 September 2011
This series has all you need to thoroughly perspectivate and understand Xenophon's wonderful narrative, bridging the present with the past in historical and geographical terms and locations. A must have!
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on 15 February 2016
Xenophon’s Hellenika, the primary source for the events of the final seven years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War, covers the times between 411 and 362 B.C.E.. It was a particularly dramatic period during which the alliances among Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Persia were shifting. Together with the volumes of Herodotus and Thucydides, it completes an ancient narrative of the military and political history of classical Greece.

Xenophon was an Athenian citizen who participated in the expedition of Cyrus the Younger against Cyrus’ brother the Persian King Artaxerxes II. Later he joined the Spartan army and hence was exiled from Athens. In addition to the Hellenika, a number of his essays have survived, including one on his memories of his teacher, Socrates.
This rich book is beautifully illustrated, heavily annotated and filled with detailed, clear maps.

According to the editors this edition gives us a new, authoritative, and completely accessible translation - carried out by John Marincola with a comprehensive introduction by David Thomas- with sixteen appendixes written by leading classics scholars (all British and Americans!) and an extensive timeline/chronology to clarify this otherwise confusing period. Unlike other editions of the Hellenika, it also includes the relevant texts of Diodorus Siculus and the Oxyrhynchus Historian, with explanatory footnotes and a table that correlates passages of the three works, which is perhaps crucial to an assessment of Xenophon’s and quality as a historian.

This is indeed a lavish edition but it is a pity that such a great occasion has been wasted making it not such a 'Landmark' as it is claimed, for there are two big flaws in it.

-The first is that there are no bibliographic notes about past editions; about the origins of the manuscripts, their collation and where and when they first went into print as incunables.

-The second is that Xenophon was not a Kentucky citizen but he was rather a classical Athenians positively biased towards Sparta. Fact is that this book is totally devoid of textual interpretations coming from French, Germans, Italians and Greeks historians.

This is evident looking at page 521 with the 'Bibliography for the General Reader'. Where we find 2 and half pages long list of essays and books divided into 6 sub-sections. All the quoted works are British and American, save for a French essay on Diodorus Siculus by M. Bonnet, translated into English.
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