Books: Battle Odyssey

THE MARCH UP COUNTRY: XENOPHON'S ANABASIS (205 pp.)—Translated by W.H.D. Rouse—University of Michigan ($3.95).

More than 2,000 years ago. in a campaign against King Artaxerxes II, a force of Greek troops was trapped deep in the Persian Empire. Surrounded by hostile armies, the Greeks had no hope of reinforcement and no allies, were separated from home by broad rivers, towering mountain ranges, snow-covered plateaus.

The story of how 10.000 Greeks fled the trap is told in a third-person narrative by the man who led them out of the trap: Xenophon, a 30-year-old Athenian, who...

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