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Naxos AudioBooks offers powerful escapism this month with The Persian Expedition by Xenophon, read by David Timson. A disciple of Socrates, Xenophon relates his experiences fighting Artaxerxes II of Persia with the army ‘The Ten Thousand’ and the perils they faced on their way home to Greece, including hostile tribes and forbidding mountain passes. Meanwhile Matt Addis explores the subject of aesthetics in Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, a thought-provoking treatise that has inspired writers from Mary Shelley to Friedrich Nietzsche.
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