This novel tells us about the first military adventure Greek mercenaries took that led them deep into Persian Empire between 401-399 B.C.
First half of the book is quite good and fast paced, however later narrative slows down and becomes overloaded with descriptive information.
History tell us that Greek forces were hired by Cyrus who wanted to challenge his brother, then a Persian King. However, during the decisive battle near the ancient Babylon, Cyrus is killed and Greeks end up in the middle of the Persian Empire with their leaders betrayed and murdered. Thus begins famous retreat towards Black Sea under the leadership of Xenophon, who one studied with Socrates. Greeks are constantly tested in each region they pass by local hostile forces and Greek military training and tactics reveals its superiority. These experiences were later used by forced led by Alexander the Great.
posted by David