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Professor Lee offers a social and cultural heritage of the Cyreans, the mercenaries of Xenophon's Anabasis. whereas they've got usually been portrayed as a unmarried summary political neighborhood, this e-book unearths that existence within the military used to be quite often formed via a suite of smaller social groups: the formal unit company of the lochos ('company'), and the casual comradeship of the suskenia ('mess group'). It contains complete remedy of the environmental stipulations of the march, ethnic and socio-economic relatives among the warriors, gear and shipping, marching and camp behaviour, consuming and ingesting, sanitation and therapy, and lots of different issues. It additionally accords certain recognition to the non-combatants accompanying the warriors. It makes use of old literary and archaeological facts, old and smooth comparative fabric, and views from army sociology and sleek struggle reviews. This publication is key analyzing for an individual engaged on historical Greek battle or on Xenophon's Anabasis.

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On the apparent absence of nomadic Arabs, see Tuplin (1991) 48–51, Rets¨o (1990) 129. An. 1–7, Monchambert (1999) 235–6. In the early twentieth century, the region below the Araxes was hospitable to grazing and non-irrigation agriculture only in spring; see Naval Intelligence Division (1943) 35–6, Naval Intelligence Division (1944) 26–8. 35 An. 7; cf. Engels (1978) 68. An. 6–7. The march route 25 welcomed. 36 The locals soon crossed the river themselves, setting up an impromptu market on the left bank.

36 The locals soon crossed the river themselves, setting up an impromptu market on the left bank. 37 The mercenaries did not know it at the time, but Charmande was their last chance to rest before the decisive encounter with Artaxerxes. 38 In less than a week the Cyreans would be forming line of battle at Cunaxa. 39 Drawing water, though, was no simple matter of stepping from road to riverbank. Instead, the Cyreans’ path ran roughly parallel to but at some distance, perhaps up to a kilometer, from the Euphrates channel.

On the one hand, there were the trappings of Aegean Greek life: the poleis of Trapezus, Cerasus, Cotyora, Sinope and Heracleia, sailing ships and merchants, even starchstiff Spartan officers. 115 The Euxine shore was a pleasant change from the rugged mountains and undulating plateaus of Anatolia. 116 From Trapezus to 111 112 113 114 116 An. 20–2; cf. 6. The single exception was in Carduchia (An. 8), where the Cyreans refrained from appropriating some fine bronze vessels in the futile hope of appeasing the locals.

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