- Pop into the greenhouse to check up on the tomato plants
- Take along a cup of tea
- Help 'bimble' along with Xenophon by taking in a small chapter (3-4, 5-6 and occasionally 7-8 pages)
- Pop off to work or back into the house at weekends
Grow boys grow! Make daddy proud of you!
Xenophon's "The Persian Expedition" was a much easier read than I had expected, but perhaps after Herodotus and Thucydides, anything is lighter. I also had pulped up on some fictional primer and historical narrative beforehand so I had in my minds's eye a scripted history of the chronology of what to expect. Nevertheless I enjoyed it and there were some unexpected interesting bits pop out of its pages. If ancient Greeks are your thing (or cup of tea) then don't be intimidated by going back to a famous historical source (translated).
In summary when Greeks go roaming "there and back again" they are a rowdy crowd. The moral of the story seems to be, if you are going to be a nuisance abroad then do it in a huge mass. You are much harder to hurt and the native people will eventually pay you to go away.
PS Leave your morals at home as they seem to just get in the way of business. Just refer to people you are about to commit a crime against as 'barbarians' and you should be able to get away with it at least in the eyes of your fellow Greeks (and they are the ones who you only care about!). Do I sound cynical?
Well another one down, how many are there still left? That is, translated "Ancient Pre-Roman Classics" still to read on the list:
- Sun Tzu: The Art of War (to read again)
- Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander
- Quintus Curtius Rufus: The History of Alexander
- Plutarch Greek Lives