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n. pl. a·nab·a·ses (-sēz′)
1. An advance; an expedition.
2. A large-scale military advance, especially the Greek mercenary expedition across Asia Minor in 401 bc led by Cyrus the Younger of Persia, as described by Xenophon. It was unsuccessful, and the Greeks, led by Xenophon, retreated to the Black Sea.

[Greek, from anabainein, to go up; see anabaena.]


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Historical Terms) the march of Cyrus the Younger and his Greek mercenaries from Sardis to Cunaxa in Babylonia in 401 bc, described by Xenophon in his Anabasis. Compare katabasis
2. any military expedition, esp one from the coast to the interior
[C18: from Greek: a going up, ascent, from anabainein to go up; see anabaena]


(əˈnæb ə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
a military expedition or advance, as that of Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II, described by Xenophon in his Anabasis.
[1700–10; < Greek anábasis a stepping up = anaba- (see anabatic) + -sis -sis]


, catabasis - An anabasis is a military expedition and a catabasis is the retreat of an army.
See also related terms for retreat.


the progress of a disease, from onset to finish.
See also: Disease and Illness
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The repulsive picture which is given of him in the Anabasis of Xenophon, where he also appears as the friend of Aristippus 'and a fair youth having lovers,' has no other trait of likeness to the Meno of Plato.
After that there was a general sound of pages being turned as if they were in class, and then they read a little bit of the Old Testament about making a well, very much as school boys translate an easy passage from the Anabasis when they have shut up their French grammar.
Alexander the Great in Arrian's Anabasis: A Literary Portrait
The introductory text includes Greek to English and English to Greek exercises that drill Greek grammar and vocabulary as well as readings from Xenophon's Anabasis and Memorabilia.
Up to eight veterans go on each of the holistic breaks which are based at the Anabasis mountain hut near Capel Curig in Snowdonia.
The better known include the Anabasis (401-400 BC), when ten thousand Hellenic mercenaries under Xenephon fought their way across Persia and Turkey to return home to Greece.
Panovska, Phytochemicals and Antioxidant Properties of Extracts from The Root and Stems of Anabasis Articulata, IFRJ, 20, 2057 (2013).
I fear, however, that the focus of the Seleucid kings, despite the anabasis of Antiochus III, gradually shifted to the west, as is nicely demonstrated by Kosmin (2014a: 145-46, maps 5 and 6).
Eventually, one of the cave-dwellers is forcefully freed from his shackles and starts the long and arduous trek uphill towards the light (an anabasis, ascent, an important figure of speech of the Republic).
2017), le cortege floristique des groupements de Hammada scopariad' appartenancesaharienneetmediterraneenne bien adapte au condition de l'Atlas saharien comprend: Anabasis articulata, A.
Not all of his fans are aware of his six year anabasis in Russia, however, which began with his capture on the front lines of Galicia during the First World War.
Catabasis and anabasis present themselves as multi-faceted and every voyage into the Underworld (from our world to that one, and the return) irresistibly invites a perception of repetition: from one voyage our imagination makes many; the descent and ascent become themselves "repetitive".