Summary Of Michael Curtis Ford's The Ten Thousand

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The book: The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece, written by Michael Curtis Ford, is about a slave named Theo who works for a well-known man in history named Xenophon. Xenophon: soldier, general, historian, and young philosopher was also a student of Socrates, who is a character in the story. When Theo was a child, a band of pirates captured him and his family while they were fishing off the coast of Syracuse, Theo's birthplace. Afterwards, Theo soon realized he would never see his family again, for the pirates sold him to a famous, wealthy general by the name of Gryllus. Theo was not treated as a normal slave, however, but rather a servant, and because of this he eventually became part of their family. He grew up with a boy named Aedon, who would later change his name to Xenophon after a traumatizing event.…show more content…
While recovering from a disastrous battle Xenophon received a letter from an old childhood friend named Proxenus; the letter was asking of Theo and Xenophon to both join a new army of ten thousand Greeks and Persians all led by a young prince named Cyrus to put down an uprising caused by a tribe of Pisidians, when the motive was in fact to end the rule of Cyrus's older half-brother, King Artaxerxes, for the throne. At first Xenophon felt he shouldn't for the Greeks had just been recently invaded by the Persians, and he did not want to trust the offer, mainly because of his father's bad history with them and the Spartans. So, the Athenian duo sought advice at the oracle of Delphi and then to Socrates, who said the same as the oracle, which was that Xenophon already knew the answer he was looking for, and he had to do what his heart actually desired. His heart desired meeting up with his old friend and help the

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