The Anabasis (“march up country”) tells the story of over 10,000 Greek mercenaries who were recruited by Cyrus the Younger in 401 B.C., in his unsuccessful attempt to overthrow his Persian brother Artaxerxes II. When in the battle Cyrus was killed, Xenophon was one of the commanders elected by the 10,000 troops to lead the army safely out of Babylon to the Black Sea, on to the Aegean Sea, and eventually to their Greek homeland.