By Michael Curtis Ford
After a long time of struggle, robust Athens has been ravaged-- its army destroyed, its urban partitions toppled, its military disbanded. The fierce army kingdom of Sparta has triumphed, yet passions and hate linger on. millions of battle-hardened veterans from each side within the clash stay scattered around the Greek islands, stressed and dangerous-- till the younger Persian prince Cyrus matters a choice to hands from his base in Asia Minor. The rogue nobleman is elevating a tremendous mercenary military to wrest keep an eye on of all of Persia, the main robust empire on the earth, from his half-brother the king.
The younger philosopher-warrior Xenophon, scion of a noble Athenian kin and follower of Socrates, dangers his father's wrath and embarks at the experience with excessive hopes for glory. becoming a member of his cousin Proxenus, the war-maddened Spartan common Clearchus, and an incredible physique of Cyrus' local troops, he and 10000 Greek mercenaries leave on an amazing march of 1000 miles, around the searing wasteland. Their near-deadly trip culminated in a tremendous, bloody conflict on the very threshold of Babylon-- a conflict that proves disastrous for them. Their leaders are betrayed and murdered, their offer strains reduce, and their path domestic around the desolate tract blocked by way of the livid Persian king, bent on revenge. The Fates name on Xenophon to steer the devastated Greek infantrymen of their break out, although he has little event in commanding males. because the military flees towards the snowy north, its state of affairs seems desperate.
Months later, 10000 battered, half-starved infantrymen stagger out of the frozen mountains of Armenia right into a small Greek buying and selling submit at the Black Sea. Their actual story of survival, and of the heroic day trip Xenophon led throughout the middle of an enemy empire, astonished the incredulous natives and has been the stuff of legend ever since.
Michael Curtis Ford combines his services on fifth-century B.C. Greek struggle with explosive page-turning motion to offer us an epic novel of fight and survival. now not on the grounds that Steven Pressfield's Gates of fireplace has any publication so vividly captured the respect, attractiveness, and savage bloodshed that used to be old Greece.
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The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece by Michael Curtis Ford