Anabasis

Anabasis is the most famous book of the Ancient Greek professional soldier and writer Xenophon.
The seven-tome book of the Anabasis was composed around the year 370 BC, and, in translation, Anabasis is rendered as “The March of the Ten Thousand” and as “The March Up Country. The narration of the journey is Xenophon’s best known work”, and “one of the great adventures in human history”.

The Anabasis is his story of the march to Persia to aid Cyrus, who enlisted Greek help to try and take the throne from Artaxerxes, and the ensuing return of the Greeks, in which Xenophon played a leading role. This occurred between 401 B.C. and March 399 B.C.

Xenophon of Athens (c. 431BC – 354 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier, mercenary, and student of Socrates.
As a soldier, Xenophon became commander of the Ten Thousand at about 30, with noted military historian Theodore Ayrault Dodge saying of him, “the centuries since have devised nothing to surpass the genius of this warrior.”
He established the precedent for many logistical operations and was among the first to use flanking maneuvers, feints and attacks in depth. He was among the greatest commanders of antiquity. As a historian, Xenophon is known for recording the history of his time, the late-5th and early-4th centuries BC, in such works as the Hellenica, which covered the final seven years and the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC), thus representing a thematic continuation of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.

Translated by H. G. Dakyns

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Breve storia del matrimonio

Il matrimonio è un negozio giuridico che indica l’unione fra due o più persone, a fini civili, religiosi o ad entrambi i fini e che di norma viene celebrato attraverso una cerimonia pubblica detta nozze, comportando diritti e obblighi fra gli sposi e nei confronti dell’eventuale prole.
La definizione del matrimonio è strettamente connessa alla cultura cui si riferisce, e varia pertanto in ragione del periodo storico e delle località. Nell’ebook viene trattata una breve ed esaustiva storia di questo istituto giuridico millenario.

I mini-ebook di Passerino Editore sono guide agili, essenziali e complete, per orientarsi nella storia del mondo.

A cura di Antonio Ferraiuolo.

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The United States Declaration of Independence

The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced that the Thirteen Colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these new states took a collective first step toward forming the United States of America. The declaration was signed by representatives from New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was a proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation; he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level.

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A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

“A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies” is an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas in 1542 (published in 1552) about the mistreatment of and atrocities committed against the indigenous peoples of the Americas in colonial times and sent to then Prince Philip II of Spain.

Bartolomé de las Casas (1484 – 1566) was a 16th-century Spanish colonist who acted as a historian and social reformer before becoming a Dominican friar. He was appointed as the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed “Protector of the Indians”.
His extensive writings, the most famous being “A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies” and “Historia de Las Indias”, chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies. He described the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples.

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