Xenophon

1969 TA. Discovered 1969 Oct. 2 by P. Wild at Zimmerwald.

Named for the Athenian nobleman, pupil and interpreter of Socrates {see planet (5450)}, historian, agriculturist, and military officer who lived from about 440 to 354 B.C. Because of his support of Spartan culture and politics he was exiled from Athens. He participated in a military expedition against the Persian king Artaxerxes {see planet (7212)} and, after his defeat near Babylon in 401 B.C., he prevailed to lead the army of 10 000 Greek mercenaries safely home through the mountains of Asia Minor, a great feat described in his famous book Anabasis. (M 34341)

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