Tim Rood

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Rood, Tim (1998), Thucydides: Narrative and Explanation, Oxford University Press, ISBN   978-0-19-9555987 (Joint winner of a Hellenic Foundation Prize)
  • Rood, Tim (2004), The Sea! The Sea! The Shout of the Ten Thousand in the Modern Imagination, Duckworth Overlook, ISBN   978-0-71-5633083 (Short-listed for the Runciman Award 2005)
  • Rood, Tim (2010), American Anabasis: Xenophon and the Idea of America from the Mexican War to Iraq , Duckworth Overlook, ISBN   978-0-71-5636848
  • Other selected publications

    • 'Introduction' and 'Explanatory Notes' to Robin Waterfield (trans.), 2005. Xenophon: Expedition of Cyrus. Oxford World's Classics. pp. vii-xliii, 196-224.
    • 2007: 'Herodotus', 'Thucydides', 'Xenophon', and 'Polybius', in I. J. F. de Jong and R. Nünlist (eds), Time in Ancient Greek Narrative. Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative 2; Mnemosyne Supplement 291; Leiden, 115-81.
    • 2007: 'The Development of the War Monograph', in J. Marincola (ed.), A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World; Oxford, 147-58.
    • 2007: 'Advice and Advisers in Xenophon's Anabasis', in D. J. Spencer and E. M. Theodorakopoulos (eds), Advice and its Rhetoric in Greece and Rome. Nottingham Classical Literature Studies 9; Bari, 47-61.
    • 2007: 'From Marathon to Waterloo: Byron, Battle Monuments, and the Persian Wars', in E. Hall, P. J. Rhodes, and E. Bridges (eds), Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars. Oxford, 267-97.
    • 2010: 'Xenophon's Parasangs'. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 130, 51-66.

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    Tim Rood
    Nationality British
    OccupationClassical scholar
    AwardsHellenic Foundation Prize
    Academic background
    Education St Paul's School, London
    Oriel College, Oxford (B.A., D.Phil.)
    Alma mater University of Oxford