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Senior Thesis turns Xenophon’s “Anabasis” into a TV Pilot

July 3rd, 2017


When Arthur Edward Imperatore III showed up at his adviser’s office to discuss the first draft of his senior thesis, he was anxious.

He knew that the classics department encouraged, alongside traditional studies of ancient texts in their original languages and contexts, creative interpretations of the works that could cast light on their enduring relevance to the present. In this vein Arthur had been inspired by Xenophon’s “Anabasis,” a first-person memoir written by a Greek gentleman-soldier who signed on as a mercenary for the young, charismatic and ambitious Persian prince Cyrus. In Arthur’s eyes, this old warhorse of the intermediate Greek curriculum still had a little life in him, in fact its dramatic story made it a perfect subject for a television mini-series of the sort that draw millions of viewers to cable channels. Still, Arthur was not sure how this project would “play” with his adviser: Professor Michael Flower was a world-class authority on Xenophon and had recently published a study of “Xenophon’s Anabasis” to rave reviews.

For Flower, it was easy to sum up his response: “I told him,” he recalled, “that if I believed in reincarnation, I would have said that he must have been there in person to write such a remarkably vivid, and historically accurate, creative adaptation.” 

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