Xenophon and the Art of Command

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Stackpole Books, 2000 - History - 272 pages
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"The writings of Xenophon (c.430-354 BC) have an immediate appeal, in that they document some of the most momentous events of the era in which he lived. As the continuator of Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War, his Hellenika chronicles the eventual fall of Athens and subsequent rule, first of Sparta, and then of Thebes, over the Greek world." "Godfrey Hutchinson's approach to Xenophon's wide-ranging corpus, and the relationship his writing bore to contemporaneous notions of 'good' and 'bad' command, is thematic rather than chronological. He explores issues such as training, comradeship, encampment, tactics, deception and intelligence gathering, with reference to specific events and Xenophon's own record of them. The reader can thereby observe the evolution of ideas within a variety of contexts."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Analysis of the leadership of Xenophon during the Anabasis. It also compares the leadership of the Greek army to the near contemporary Sun Tzu in China. I thought this would be better than it is. There are some valid things here but the author takes a long time to develop them. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Historical Context 21 Greek Armies at the MidPoint of
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The sneeze 45 Dreams 46 Sacrifices 46 Purification rites
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Hutchinson is a classical historian and an expert on Greek warfare and leadership between 411-362 BC.

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