We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My wife is reading aloud the bible to my kids, cover to cover. They are currently in Ezra and, by coincidence, my oldest's histroy reader is covering the Hellenistic period. I think I'll watch this documentary with him. Plenty for both of us to learn.
The first five minutes are actually about the Greek Ten Thousand. The video is well worth the watch just to touch on their journey into the land, Anabasis. They won the battle for their Persian prince, Cyrus the Younger, with the loss of only one wounded Greek. But the prince was killed, losing the war.
The rebel Persians moved to accommodation with the Persian emperor, leaving the Greeks surrounded in enemy territory. The Greek officers parlayed with the Persian emperor, and were slaughtered. Yet, the Greek army managed to make their way to the sea. Thálatta! Thálatta!
Alexander of Macedon must have known this story, and realized that the Greeks could prevail against any number of Persians.
I'm only a few minutes in and enjoying it immensely, but I keep having to turn it off to go read up on interesting rabbit trails, like the Anabasis (the "March Up-Country") and many interesting fictional and cultural offshoots of that riproaring story. I'm looking forward to celebrating ἐξελαύνω day on Mar. 4 ("March forth!").
More charming news: this is Episode 13 in a series on the Fall of Civilizations. I can see what I'll be watching for a while.