A History of My Times by Xenophon, Rex Warner

By Xenophon, Rex Warner

Xenophon's historical past recounts approximately fifty turbulent years of conflict in Greece among 411 and 362 BC. carrying on with the tale of the Peloponnesian conflict on the element the place Thucydides complete his magisterial heritage, this can be a attention-grabbing chronicle of the conflicts that eventually resulted in the decline of Greece, and the wars with either Thebes and the may of Persia. An Athenian through delivery, Xenophon turned a company supporter of the Spartan reason, and fought opposed to the Athenians within the conflict of Coronea. Combining heritage and memoir, it is a terrific account of the triumphs and screw ups of city-states, and a portrait of Greece at a time of trouble.

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Well, let us go on,’ said Gimli. ‘My legs must forget the miles. ’ The sun was sinking when at last they drew near to the end of the line of downs. For many hours they had marched without rest. They were going slowly now, and Gimli’s back was bent. Stone-hard are the Dwarves in labour or journey, but this endless chase began to tell on him, as all hope failed in his heart. Aragorn walked behind him, grim and silent, stooping now and again to scan some print or mark upon the ground. Only Legolas still stepped as lightly as ever, his feet hardly seeming to press the grass, leaving no footprints as he passed; but in the waybread of the Elves he found all the sustenance that he needed, and he could sleep, if sleep it could be called by Men, resting his mind in the strange paths of Elvish dreams, even as he walked open-eyed in the light of this world.

Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall,’ said Aragorn. ‘This did not drop by chance: it was cast away as a token to any that might follow. ’ ‘Then he at least was alive,’ said Gimli. ‘And he had the use of his wits, and of his legs too. That is heartening. ’ ‘Let us hope that he did not pay too dearly for his boldness,’ said Legolas. ‘Come! Let us go on! ’ The sun climbed to the noon and then rode slowly down the sky. Light clouds came up out of the sea in the distant South and were blown away upon the breeze.

They were borne by the hobbits. Doubtless the Orcs despoiled them, but feared to keep the knives, knowing them for what they are: work of Westernesse, wound about with spells for the bane of Mordor. Well, now, if they still live, our friends are weaponless. ’ He searched in the pile and on the ground about and found not a few that were undamaged and longer in the shaft than such arrows as the Orcs were accustomed to use. He looked at them closely. And Aragorn looked on the slain, and he said: ‘Here lie many that are not folk of Mordor.

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