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Fascinating Insight into Ancient Middle East,
This review is from: Xenophon's Retreat: Greece, Persia and the end of the Golden Age (Hardcover)
Robin Waterfield has managed to do something which sounds so simple yet is apparently so difficult - to say all the things that Xenophon left unsaid because he assumed that his readers would know it already. The tribulations of 10,000 Greek mercenaries retreating from their defeat in Syria through hostile territory back to the familiar lands of the Black Sea coast has inspired generation after generation for good reason - it's a gripping adventure, full of human interest, triumphs, disasters, stupidity and cunning.
Though Waterfield has (I feel) been let down by his publishers - a book of this stature deserves better than the blurred black & white photos and dreadful dust jacket, the content more than makes up for it.
A must (& a perfect Christmas present) for everyone interested in military history, classical civilisation, ancient history, psychology, politics...