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A History of My Times

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,628 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Thucydides' magisterial history told of the unhappy conflict of Greeks against the Greeks in the Peloponnesian War, but his narrative broke off in 411 B.C., seven years before the end, and Greeks were to continue fighting one another for many more years. Xenophon continues the account to 362 B.C. These years saw Athens humbled by Sparta; Sparta humbled by Athens and her fo ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 432 pages
Published May 31st 1979 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1894)
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Todd Nemet
Jan 10, 2010 Todd Nemet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Xmas 2009 gift. This is the third deluxe Greek history produced by retired-oil-businessman-turned-classicist Robert Strassler. I greatly enjoyed and recommend all three of them.

Xenophon's Hellenika picks up a few months after Thucydides, with a few years left in the Pelonnesian War.

Xenophon is not as good a historian as either Herotodus or Thucydides in my thoroughly uninformed opinion. He's not as earthy or digressive (or as gullible) as old Herotodus and not as impartial and logical as Thucydi
David Sarkies
Jun 05, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who are really into Ancient Greece
Recommended to David by: My Classics Lecturer (Sort of)
Shelves: history
After the Peloponesian War
16 February 2013

After reading Herodotus, Thucydides, and the Anabasis, I must agree with a number of people that Xenophon's account of the period of Hellenic history from the closing stages of the Peloponesian War to, well, some point in time in which he stopped writing, was rather disappointing and without any point whatsoever. The Anabasis is a gripping story of how a group of Greek soldiers get trapped thousands of miles behind enemy lines and have to make a long ma
Jun 09, 2010 Jesse rated it liked it
Xenophon could not believe what happened at Leuctra so, apparently, he had to aggrandize Spartan achievement throughout the preceding years from the end of the Pelopennisian War. Or, possibly, influenced by Spartan censorship, Xenophon couldn't help lying. In any case, this is a great continuation from Thucydides (as it was meant to be) and horrifically details the reign of the thirty tyrants in Athens, the virtues, vices and campaigns of Agesilaus and Lycurgus (the former having given Xenophon ...more
J. Robert Larmer
Xenophon lacks the heart and soul which made Thucydides so readable. Numerous readers have commented on how biased he is towards Sparta but this is not his major shortcoming. Xenophon's major fault is that he simply isn't that readable. Gone are the speeches showcasing Greek civic virtue, gone are discussions of the advantages of different regimes and gone is a narrative where factual history has all the glory and excitement of the poets. When I read Thucydides, he was every bit as engaging to m ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Patrick rated it it was ok
Xenophon is an essential source for the period he writes about (because we have few other contemporary accounts), but his "history" is so sketchy and biased, omitting, for the most part, any point of view besides that of Sparta, or any actions that might put other states in a better light, and Sparta in a worse one. Despite being a soldier, he is pretty uninterested in tactics and is utterly clueless about strategy and policy. Following Thucydides, he includes speeches intended to sway governmen ...more
Jun 17, 2008 Bruce rated it liked it
This is a necessary book for reviewing the ending of the Peloponnesian War, taking up after Thucydides leaves off. That having been said, Xenophon's work is more memoir than history and thus compares somewhat unfavorably with Thucydides. Nonetheless, it is interesting to hear about events in early 4th century BC Greece from more of a Spartan than Athenian perspective. How clear it is that the Greek city-states were unable to think beyond their model and forge a true federation. Instead, they see ...more
Jan 15, 2010 umberto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-history
I bought this hardcover on Jan. 15, 2010 (Friday) and had ordered anothet two, that is, The Landmark Herodotus & The Landmark Thucydides (via Kinokuniya, each book would arrive within 2 months and 3 weeks respectively!) since they are more convenient for me to read for better understanding as compared to those textuality without any figure, map, table, footnote, etc. Therefore, I've found this three-book series is readable and thus enjoyable.
Jan 10, 2016 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on impulse at an exhibition on the Greeks at the Museum of History (aka Civilization) in Hull in the summer. I got it mostly because I needed to diversify some sources for one of my projects in a high school course I teach, but also because I wasn't incredibly familiar with Xenoophon' broader and lesser known history, the Hellenika. If any one has read Xenophon, it is more likely to be his Anabasis, the narrative of the Greek mercenary army which supported a contender for the ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Daniel rated it it was ok
I'm not going to lie, this was extremely boring. Perhaps it's fair to say this isn't my favorite historical period, but I loved the Anabasis by Xenophon so it's more than just that. A lot of the book was very tedious with essentially hundreds of pages that read identically to each other. In the hands of a more interested author, the narrative of the back and forth struggle between Sparta and Thebes could be quite entertaining, but Xenophon "mails it in" to use a modern expression.

Compared to the
Chris Wolfington
Xenophon was an ancient Greek general, aristocrat, and author of books on history, cavalry, and politics.

Hellenika picks up where Thucydides' book leaves off and covers the final years of the Peloponneseian War. It then narrates the next 40 years of Greek history, when Sparta is the dominant city and tries to expand it's power, only to be thwarted by the up and coming city of Thebes. This period is fraught with wars, alliances, and relations with the Persian empire. Xenophon himself served in a
James Murphy
Sep 07, 2010 James Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this an exceptional reading experience and an exceptional experience in history. This history in the Landmark series edited by Robert Strassler follows the editions of The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides and The Histories by Herodotus. We record and read history all the time. Xenophon's writings demonstrate, as those of Thucydides and Herodotus, that even 2400 years ago history was being recorded in accounts so gripping that readers today can't put them down. These Landmark Greek histori ...more
Victor Whitman
Aug 19, 2014 Victor Whitman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough about these Landmark editions. Xenophon had to follow Thucydides, and so he falls a little short, but the maps, explanatory notes and essays bring this fascinating period to life.
Parke Troutman
Jun 25, 2014 Parke Troutman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: antiquity
Actually read the Landmark translation, which is rich with maps. This book picks up where Thucydides'cliff-hanger (because unfinished) History of the Peloponnesian War.
David Kowalski
Nov 08, 2014 David Kowalski rated it it was amazing
Beautifully constructed translation with copious footnotes and maps as well as balance provided by external semi-contemporary sources on the more contentious issues.
Xenophon ain't Thucydides, but then again no one else is either. His style, while lacking Thuc's dignity and grandeur ( the template that Tacitus and ultimately Gibbon would follow) has some beautiful moments and almost always serves his purpose. The last of the big three, this deserves to be read along with Herodotus and Thucydides
Feb 20, 2013 Cameron rated it liked it
A dizzying memoir of the final years of the Peloponnesian War and the preceding periods that saw both Sparta and Athens humbled by the Theban empire. An interesting survey of the civil wars that plagued ancient Greece from the early fourth century to the rise of Alexander of Macedonia. Xenophon's pro-Spartan, dilettantish brand of history lacks the sophistication or seriousness of Herodotus or Thucydides, but nonetheless: the Hellenica is required reading for the amateur classicist.
Adam Gutschenritter
Oct 09, 2013 Adam Gutschenritter rated it liked it
Shelves: history
It was an interesting history of the later years after the Peloponnesian Wars. I have a feeling that I missed some of the story having read this book first as opposed to Thucydides. Still at times I loved the story and much like all Greek histories it is in the simplistic statement of fact that found the most pleasure in reading it. I would still like to read Xenophon in what he is most known for, horseman/cavalry and will return to him again.
Jun 16, 2008 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This takes up the account of Thucydides from where The History of the Peloponessian War breaks off and completes the history of the said war before going on to cover the period up to around the 370s B. C. E., if memory serves. It is very much anecdotal and from internal descriptions it has been established that Xenophon took part in some, particularly the earlier in date, of the incidents described.
Cassandra Kay Silva
Despite the "My" in the title. This work has considerably fewer references to Xenophon than his Persian Expedition (Yes I am once again making fun of Xenophon). It was also more boring than that account. I don't know if he just wasn't in as interesting of a mood or if these battles were just more bland but eh? Kind of boring Xenophon... come on where is all the self flattery? We love that stuff!
Charles Puskas
Sep 17, 2010 Charles Puskas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent maps, footnotes, and appendixes in a recent translation by John Marincola, edited by Strassler. Helpful comparisons with Diodorus Siculus and Hellenica Oxyrhynchia provide us with a better picture of what took place between 410-36 in, e.g., Ionia, Sparta, Athens, Thebes, Corinth and Arcadia with Agesilaos and Archidamos of Sparta, Epaminodas of Thebes.
Jul 23, 2014 Jodi rated it liked it
Great as a historical document. I would not recommend it to anybody who is not studying ancient history as it is extremely long winded difficult book that requires an in depth understanding of the Peloponnesian War and Political Grecian Turmoil before reading.
Sep 06, 2014 Rje rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding the layout of the text rather awkward, I glanced at the Web for alternatives. I found that precisely the same edition is available as a Gutenberg text ( -- but with spelling corrections missing in this paperback edition.
Nov 19, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Landmark editions make classics as understandable as they can be without the benefit of in-person academic guidance.
Jul 02, 2007 Willow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ancient-classics
Xenophon is very sad. But it is excellent and curiously appropriate for the situation with America at the moment...
Aug 13, 2010 Sergio rated it it was ok
Part of the greek mosaic. Not to be read as pure history, but as a memoir.
Mike Anderson
Jan 01, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All those looking to read primary sources.
Shelves: history-greece
Incredible new version with great maps and photographs.
(9 3/4) Gerasimos Kyritsis
One of the masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature.
Jul 15, 2011 David rated it really liked it
A good book to understand Greece in the 4th century BCE.
Jan 03, 2013 Jossalyn rated it liked it
wanted to read the source material for Alexander
May 08, 2013 Kurt rated it liked it
Classics are classic!
Jul 30, 2009 Jeffry rated it it was amazing
Given how little we have how do I rate the ancient sources other than "must read?"
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Xenophon (Ancient Greek Ξενοφῶν, Modern Greek "Ξενοφών", "Ξενοφώντας"; ca. 431 – 355 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, was a soldier, mercenary and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and the life of ancient Greece.

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Anabasis (or The Persian Expediti
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