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Xenophon (c. 428—354 bc) Greek historian, writer, and military leader

 

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In Greek, the sea. In Xenophon's account of the war between Artaxerxes II of Persia and his younger brother Cyrus, he relates how retreating Greek soldiers of the defeated Cyrus fought their way through the Armenian mountains and finally reached the Black Sea; when they first saw the sea, they cried out, ‘thalassa, thalassa!’


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