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XENOPHON'S ROUTE THROUGH BABYLONIA AND ASSYRIA*

  • Julian Edgeworth Reade
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The Anabasis of the Greek historian Xenophon describes the march of a mercenary army in 401–400 b.c. from the Aegean coast down the Euphrates to Babylonia, and back up the Tigris to the Black Sea and the Aegean. This paper presents the evidence for the army's route through Babylonia and Assyria, and attempts to resolve the main uncertainties. 1

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Julian Edgeworth Reade, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen julianreade@yahoo.com
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When I heard that this volume of Iraq was to be dedicated to Dominique, I thought of her role as wise and indefatigable scholar, mentor, helper, conciliator and administrator, and I would have celebrated our long friendship by writing something about sphragistics, except that she knows all about them already. Fortunately her interests include the Greek writer Xenophon, and she has herself excavated at my favourite site, Nimrud, which he visited in 401 b.c. I hope she may be pleased to read something more about him.

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