- a march from the interior of a country to the coast, as that of the 10,000 Greeks after their defeat and the death of Cyrus the Younger at Cunaxa.
- a retreat, especially a military retreat.
Origin of katabasis
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- the retreat of the Greek mercenaries of Cyrus the Younger, after his death at Cunaxa, from the Euphrates to the Black Sea in 401–400 bc under the leadership of Xenophon: recounted in his AnabasisCompare anabasis
- literary a retreat
Word Origin for katabasis
C19: from Greek: a going down, from katabainein to go down
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