n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - A historical novel
Afstande, Dan Sleigh : reviews

Volume 32, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



Dan Sleigh's novel, , is a historical novel. It is based on the by Xenophon, the Greek soldier-writer who was a pupil of Socrates. means "going up" or "advance". This is also the concept around which the story turns. It has been described as one of the greatest adventures in the annals of human history as recounted in any genre. The begins in 401 BC and it is the account of human deprivation, endurance, rage, envy, political ambition, bloodthirstiness and power hunger. An army of 10 000 Greek mercenaries under the leadership of Cyrus mustered to dethrone Cyrus's brother, Artaxerxes Mnemon, the former king of the Persian Empire.

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