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The Sea! the Sea!: The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination Tim Rood

The Sea! the Sea!: The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination

Tim Rood

Published March 3rd 2005
ISBN : 9781585676644
Hardcover
256 pages
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This book tells the fascinating story of Thalatta! Thalatta! (The Sea! The Sea!), the shout first uttered on a mountain in eastern Turkey by the famous Ten Thousand, the army of Greek mercenaries whose adventures in what are now Turkey, SyriaMoreThis book tells the fascinating story of Thalatta! Thalatta! (The Sea! The Sea!), the shout first uttered on a mountain in eastern Turkey by the famous Ten Thousand, the army of Greek mercenaries whose adventures in what are now Turkey, Syria and Iraq were described by the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon, himself a participant in their long march to the coast. The shout of the Ten Thousand has had an extraordinary afterlife, playing a persistent part in the European and American cultural tradition over the last two hundred years. Here Tim Rood tells its story for the first time, taking in literary masterpieces by writers such as Heine, Shelley and Joyce, books of travel and adventure set in the Middle East and elsewhere, articles in Victorian periodicals, popular romantic novels, newspaper editorials at the time of the British evacuation from Dunkirk, a painting by the nineteenth-century artist Benjamin Robert Haydon, an unpublished radio play by Louis MacNeice, and a modern novel and film which transfer Xenophons story to New York.