A History of My Times by Xenophon, Rex Warner

By Xenophon, Rex Warner

Xenophon's historical past recounts approximately fifty turbulent years of struggle in Greece among 411 and 362 BC. carrying on with the tale of the Peloponnesian battle on the aspect the place Thucydides complete his magisterial background, it is a interesting chronicle of the conflicts that eventually resulted in the decline of Greece, and the wars with either Thebes and the may perhaps of Persia. An Athenian by way of start, Xenophon turned a company supporter of the Spartan reason, and fought opposed to the Athenians within the conflict of Coronea. Combining background and memoir, it is a very good account of the triumphs and screw ups of city-states, and a portrait of Greece at a time of situation.

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