Stories from Xenophon

  • by Xenophon
  • Narrated by Nelson Runger
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stories from Xenophon is a valuable, firsthand historical account of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), a bitter struggle between Athens and Sparta for the control of Greece. Born to a wealthy Athenian family, Xenophon joined the war in its latter stages. After Sparta's victory, Xenophon grew disenchanted with Athens and joined Cyrus on his expedition against his brother, the King of Persia. When Cyrus was killed in the Battle of Cunaxa, Xenophon suddenly became leader of the Ten Thousand Greeks in their historic march homeward through miles of enemy territory - a journey that demonstrated the possibility of defeating Persia and later paved the way for Alexander the Great. While historians have debated some of its omissions, Stories from Xenophon remains a fascinating document about democracy in crisis, civil war, and the beginning of the decline of one of the world's great cultures.

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Audible Editor Reviews

It's tempting to view the Greek historian Xenophon as a fifth-century Hemingway - a one-time student and friend of Socrates, he left Athens to sign on as a mercenary for Cyrus of Persia, and went on to write a famous, no-frills account of that mission that has endured for centuries. That book, The Anabasis, or "The Upward March" is featured in Stories of Xenophon. Whether you're looking for military history, a window into the character of one of the world's great civilizations, or a rip-roaring adventure story, Xenophon has a story to tell you. This audiobook, narrated with a gravelly vigor by hall-of-fame narrator Nelson Rungren, is essentially the pocket Xenophon, and makes for a perfect companion to a literate traveler's leisurely weekend "upward drive".

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Essential Reading

A great way to access an essential classic without the pain. The historical notes are excellent for context and the reader reads the elegant translation beret well. Must read for the serious history buff.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books