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Is there a "Sharpish" book on the March of the Ten Thousand?
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As in Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe? Not that I know of.....but Xenophon’s Anabasis itself is a riproarong tale of daring-do, complete with emotional highs (“Thelassa, Thelassa”.....or “Thelatta, Thelatta”) and lows (everything after their arrival at the Black Sea).

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Couldn't agree more, the reading itself is such a delight, there's no real need for an adaptation...
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Wolfram wrote:
Is there a "Sharpish" book on the March of the Ten Thousand?


The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece Paperback – October 13, 2002
by Michael Curtis Ford
https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Thousand-Novel-Ancient-Greece/dp/...

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Sorry. Can't resist:

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May not be want you want but The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney recasts the history as a fantasy. It's a really good book, IMHO.
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Try it in the original ancient Greek. Where you learn terms like 'strategos' and 'thalassa'.

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donlyn wrote:
Try it in the original ancient Greek.

The Bible or New Testament also.
 
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aforandy wrote:
donlyn wrote:
Try it in the original ancient Greek.

The Bible or New Testament also.


Don't believe either of those was originally written in ancient Greek. Nor are they featured in Xenophon.

Could recite a 'Kaire Maria' if I'm wrong.
 
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Most of the New Testament was indeed written in Greek.

Michael Curtis Ford's The Ten Thousand seems to be just what you are looking for!
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donlyn wrote:
aforandy wrote:
donlyn wrote:
Try it in the original ancient Greek.

The Bible or New Testament also.


Don't believe either of those was originally written in ancient Greek. Nor are they featured in Xenophon.

Could recite a 'Kaire Maria' if I'm wrong.


Well, the New Testament is part of the Bible, and was written in Greek. Most of the rest of the Bible (the Old Testament) was written in Hebrew, though certain parts were written in Greek and all of it was translated into Greek (the “Septuagint) before the birth of Christ.
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Please note the qualifying word 'original'. Yes they were all translated to Greek. And Latin. And English. Et cetera.

The language of the people of the Old Testament would be Hebrew, the people of the new testament Aramaic. At various points in the first and second centuries, the New Testament appeared, somewhat piecemeal, in 'common' Greek.

And neither work still has anything to do with Xenophon.
 
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I'm no biblical scholar, and therefore can only go by what evidence there is.

Old Testament
For a starter, the original language and the oldest written version might be different, since they probably started as verbal only, and were passed through an oral tradition. Also, they aren't really a book so much as a collection of texts, letters and being handwritten, each copy was probably different.

The Dead Sea Scolls are in 4 langages, Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Nabataean.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls#Language_and_...

Similarly the New Testament, which is a smaller set of texts and across a shorter timeframe is generally considered (by scholars) to be written in Koine Greek (which was the administrative language of the day, since Alexander's day in fact), but that Jesus was an Aramaic speaker.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament#Language

I hope you can all see that this is a well studied and hopelessly confusing subject, and that we won't bring this to any resolution on BGG. So if we can return to the novelisation of the 10,000, that might be for the best.

and Merry Xmas, Happy Birthday Jesus!
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Minedog3 wrote:

So if we can return to the novelisation of the 10,000, that might be for the best.


Exactly; please note I mentioned this has nothing to do with Xenophon in my previous posts on the subject.

And it's not just about 'novelizations'.
 
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Rex Warners translation published by Penguin is easy to read:

https://www.amazon.com/Persian-Expedition-Penguin-Classics/d...
 
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