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ISBN-13: 9780192824301

Normal Books e-book date: 2009 unique ebook date: 1742 unique writer: published for R. Wellington topics: Greece Iran heritage / historic / common heritage / historical / Greece historical past / heart East / basic background / Europe / Greece Literary feedback / historical

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The Ten Thousand join the Spartan general Thibron.       THE EXPEDITION OF CYRUS This page intentionally left blank BOOK ONE [] Darius and Parysatis had two sons,* of whom Artaxerxes was the elder and Cyrus the younger, and when Darius was ill and suspected that he was dying, he wanted them both by his side. * So Cyrus travelled up country,* and he took with him Tissaphernes, whom he believed to be a friend. He was also accompanied by three hundred Greek hoplites* under the command of Xenias of Parrhasia.

At this point Epyaxa, the wife of Syennesis,* king of the Cilicians, came to visit Cyrus and, it was rumoured, gave Cyrus plenty of money. At any rate, he paid the men four months’ wages. The Cilician queen had a bodyguard of Cilicians and Aspendians, and it was generally believed that she and Cyrus were lovers. The next leg was a two-day march of ten parasangs that brought him to Thymbrium, an inhabited city. * The next leg was a two-day march of ten parasangs that brought him to Tyriaeum, an inhabited city, where he stayed for three days.

Another sign of the variety of troops within the Ten Thousand are the two hundred Cretan archers whom Clearchus hired on Cyrus’ behalf. The value of variety was further shown when a volunteer force of slingers was constituted from the Rhodian contingent in the army. 28 Xenophon often alludes to the Ten Thousand as ‘the Greeks’, but it emerges at some moments in his account that there were nonGreeks (‘barbarians’, to use the Greek term) among them. Among the troops enlisted by Clearchus, for instance, were eight hundred Smith and West, March Up, .

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