- a march from the coast into the interior, as that of Cyrus the Younger against Artaxerxes II, described by Xenophon in his historical work Anabasis (379–371 b.c.).
- Literary. any military expedition or advance.
Origin of anabasis
Examples from the Web for anabasis
Xenophon's own strategy in the Anabasis is probably the prototype.Cyropaedia
At Scillus he wrote probably his “Anabasis” and some other of his books.
The account of the "Retreat" is given in Xenophon's Anabasis.The Mormon Battalion
B. H. (Brigham Henry) Roberts
These were the gorges that drove Xenophon to take to the mountains in the Anabasis.The Cradle of Mankind
Such was the grand anti-climax to the Major-General's Anabasis.Mosby's War Reminiscences
John Singleton Mosby
- the march of Cyrus the Younger and his Greek mercenaries from Sardis to Cunaxa in Babylonia in 401 bc, described by Xenophon in his AnabasisCompare katabasis
- any military expedition, esp one from the coast to the interior
Word Origin and History for anabasis
1706, from Greek, "military expedition," literally "a going up (from the coast)," especially in reference to the advance of Cyrus the Younger from near the Aegean coast into Asia, and the subsequent story of the retreat of the 10,000 narrated by Xenophon (401 B.C.E.), from anabainein "to go up, mount;" from ana "up" (see ana-) + bainein "to go" (see come).