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Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

The Arts of Leadership and War

Edited and with an Introduction by Larry Hedrick; Xenophon

Truman Talley Books




In 1906, a stilted English translation of Xenophon of Athens' story about Cyrus the Great's military campaigns was published. Now, a century later, a much more accessible edition of one of history's most extraordinary and successful leaders is emerging.

Among his many achievements, this great leader of wisdom and virtue founded and extended the Persian Empire; conquered Babylon; freed 40,000 Jews from captivity; wrote mankind's first human rights charter; and ruled over those he had conquered with respect and benevolence.

According to historian Will Durant, Cyrus the Great's military enemies knew that he was lenient, and they did not fight him with that desperate courage which men show when their only choice is "to kill or die." As a result the Iranians regarded him as "The Father," the Babylonians as "The Liberator," the Greeks as the "Law-Giver," and the Jews as the "Anointed of the Lord."

By freshening the voice, style and diction of Cyrus, Larry Hedrick has created a more contemporary Cyrus. A new generation of readers, including business executives and managers, military officers, and government officials, can now learn about and benefit from Cyrus the Great's extraordinary achievements, which exceeded all other leaders' throughout antiquity.


Chapter One

Boldness at the Beginning

You will, I believe, recognize me as a legendary leader from the deep past, for I am Cyrus the Great of Persia. In antiquity I was famed throughout the world as a man who won sovereignty over...


Praise for Xenophon's Cyrus the Great

Xenophone's Cyrus--the earliest book on the subject--is still the best book on leadership.” —Peter F. Drucker

About the author

Edited and with an Introduction by Larry Hedrick; Xenophon

Larry Hedrick, a former Air Force officer, is a military historian who lives in Seattle. The study of Xenophon of Athens has been one of his lifelong passions.


Larry Hedrick

Larry Hedrick

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