The March up Country

The March up Country

The March up Country

The March up Country

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The author of this famous book of adventure, the Anabasis, or The March Up Country, was born in or about 431 B.C., when the Peloponnesian war began. He was brought up as a country gentleman in the Attic deme or parish of Erchia (modern Spata), on the east side of Pentelicos, 17-18 miles from Athens, to which he made frequent visits. Horses and dogs he loved all his life, and wrote books about them; he also wrote of hunting, and domestic economy, using words and idioms of old Attic speech just as Sir Walter Raleigh spoke broad Devon all his days. In his youth he knew Socrates, and later wrote a book of Memorabilia, or notes about Socrates, in which we can still see how the great man looked to ordinary people. Interested in politics and history, he wrote of these in the Hellenica, and in his Agesilaos he described the military career of one of his great heroes, whose campaign in Asia he shared himself. But his grand epic was the Anabasis, in which he narrated the story of the march (401-399 B.C.) of the ten thousand Greeks from Sardis to the gates of Babylon, and thence back to the Greek coast of the Euxine Sea.

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