Xenophon

1. Xenophon’s Anabasis Book 1 (8.2 mb, pdf., BETA edition Jan 2014 ): right-click to avoid opening in the browser

This .pdf is a very early beta edition of a commentary for Xenophon’s Anabasis Book 1. In addition to 81 pages of Greek text, vocabulary, and grammar notes in a single-page format (Marchant’s OCT, 1904), the file includes both running and alphabetized lists of the core vocabulary (8 or more times).

2. Xenophon’s Anabasis Book 4 (10.1 mb, pdf., BETA edition Feb 2014 ): right-click to avoid opening in the browser

This .pdf is a very early beta edition of a commentary for Xenophon’s Anabasis Book IV. In addition to 109 pages of Greek text, vocabulary, and grammar notes in a single-page format (Marchant’s OCT, 1904), the file includes both running and alphabetized lists of the core vocabulary (8 or more times).

3. Xenophon’s Anabasis Book 3: Greek text and corresponding vocabulary lists were completed on March 18, 2014. Once I have added the grammatical notes, a beta .pdf edition of Book 3 will appear on this webpage. The commentary for Book 3 follows the same format and length as the commentary for Book 4.

Be warned that both commentaries are early beta editions. These editions will develop over time. I have yet to proofread the volumes, weed out extraneous notes, and refine the definitions and grammatical explanations. Some of the grammatical notes are just placeholders that will later be filled out with a more helpful note. After working intensively on a commentary, I like to set it aside for a few months so that I can come back to it with new eyes and a better perspective.

In the commentary for Book I,  I devote one page of commentary for each half of a page of the OCT Greek text. This, I now realize, was a mistake. I should have included less Greek text on each page so that I could devote more space for notes. In the commentary for Book IV, I devote one page of commentary for each one-third of a page of OCT Greek. As a result, I have been able to increase the Greek font size to 12-point  and leave ample white space at the bottom of each page.

When I revise the beta editions, I will include flashcards or translation sheets. If you need these ancillary materials sooner, please contact me and I will try to work faster.

4. Recommended reading in English

Michael Flower’s Xenophon’s Anabasis or the Expedition of Cyrus (2012), 19.95 paperback (17.96 on Amazon)

There is an excellent scholarly review of the book by John Dillery in BMCR (March 2014)

 

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