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American Anabasis. Xenophon and the Idea of America from the Mexican War to Iraq.


ISBN 10: 0715636847 / ISBN 13: 9780715636848
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Título: American Anabasis. Xenophon and the Idea of ...

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Duckworth Overlook, London / New Yor, 2010. 292p. ills. Cloth wrps. 'It may seem excessive', writes Tim Rood, 'to devote a whole book to two words - especially when they are both the same.' But there is nothing excessive about this project, which is consistently amusing, well-written, and full of nicely calibrated insights. (.) This is a book with many pleasing and some genuinely sharp observations. The reversal of the final chapter demonstrates a really engaged methodological awareness that also points out how easy it is for a book with so many fine stories to avoid the bigger pictures and the harder arguments. The last chapter pulls the book towards making a very serious general contribution to current thinking on classics, which the previous eight chapters have downplayed. There is perhaps something of an opportunity missed to bring together the argumentative flair of the last chapter and the reading skills of the earlier analyses. None the less, the heritage of classics and the history of classical learning are hot topics in contemporary scholarship, and The Sea! The Sea! proves to be a book full of surprises, pleasures and cleverness, which makes a real contribution to both these areas.' (SIMON GOLDHILL in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.03.06) Condition: New. N° de ref. de la librería 24469

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Sinopsis: The Marines' march up to Baghdad; Sherman's trail of destruction in Georgia; an army of Missouri volunteers trekking across the Great Plains to Mexico - this wide-ranging and imaginative book tells for the first time the story of how American armies from the sands of Iraq to the halls of the Montezumas have followed figuratively in the footsteps of the original "Anabasis", the famous Greek march into the interior of Asia made by Xenophon and the Ten Thousand in 400 BC. Starting with the Iraq War, Tim Rood turns back to the conquest of the American West and to the Civil War, showing how one of the most famous episodes in classical antiquity was first appropriated in the name of military expansion, and then used to express conficting responses to the most controversial campaign of the Civil War. Allusions to Xenophon in speeches, newspapers reports, and military memoirs are throughout read against Xenophon's own story. Taking in American culture from the fiction of Thomas Wolfe to the drawings of Cy Twombly, "American Anabasis" will be of interest to anyone who wants to discover why Xenophon's classical story has proved so rich a symbol for the American journey.

Biografía del autor: Tim Rood is Fellow and Tutor in Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He is the author of "The Sea! The Sea! The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination".

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