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Titel: Xenophon's Retreat. Greece, Persia, and the ...
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.), 2006. 1st ed. XIII,248p. Original half cloth with dust wrps. Nice copy. 'This is a time to be reading and teaching Xenophon, and not simply because of a recent wave of scholarly interest. Xenophon and the rest of the Greeks in the pretender Cyrus's army formed their ranks for the Battle of Cunaxa somewhere near the present location of Baghdad International Airport. Early plans for the current administration's invasion of Iraq included a program of infiltration with the code name 'Anabasis'. (What on earth were they thinking?) As America and Europe go over old ground in our struggle to keep and clarify core values in conflict with the Islamic world, it is worth remembering that, as Robin Waterfield reminds us, 'Orientalism . . . is the child of panhellenism' (p. 198). The Anabasis is a good place to begin understanding the Greek and thus Western way of inventing the East and defining ourselves through contrast, and sometimes conflict, with it. Waterfield's book is a good place to begin understanding the Anabasis. On the armature of Xenophon's narrative Waterfield sculpts a readable, accurate recounting of the Greek march up-country and the retreat after Cunaxa. Digressions on hoplite warfare and chapters on 'Greeks and Persians' and 'Xenophon and His Times' supply background and context for Cyrus's expedition and the Greek campaign and accommodate Waterfield's intended reader, who has only a sketchy knowledge of Greek history. (Those with more specialized knowledge may disagree on points like Waterfield's presentation of the shield signal at Marathon (p. 34) or the Peace or Peaces of Kallias (pp.56-57), but at no point will the naive reader be seriously misled, and, if he or she is curious, Waterfield has provided sound notes and an annotated bibliography.) Waterfield knows that Xenophon wrote the Anabasis some thirty years after the events that it describes, and he reads Xenophon's work as a story of gradual disillusionment with youthful hopes and as a counter to the panhellenist, aggressive propaganda of fourth-century authors and politicians like Isocrates (pp.206-208). I wish I had known this book when I read the Anabasis with my students in the fall of 2006. When I read it again in 2007, my students will learn much from Waterfield's accessible introduction.' (LEE T. PEARCY in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.07.41). Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 35342
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