from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An ancient town of Babylonia northwest of Babylon. It was the site of a battle (401 BC) in which Artaxerxes II of Persia defeated his brother Cyrus the Younger, leading to the Retreat of the Ten Thousand described by Xenophon in his Anabasis.

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  • noun battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne


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  • The place, then, in which the two armies were drawn out is called Cunaxa, being about five hundred furlongs distant from

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  • This circumstance inspired them with a contempt of the enemy, and induced them to proceed in careless array; but on the next day but one after passing the trench, on arriving at a place called Cunaxa, they were surprised with the intelligence that

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  • The rebel army won the Battle of Cunaxa (401) near Babylon, but Cyrus was killed.

    e. The Persian Empire

  • From there he planned and organized the revolt which culminated in his death at the Battle of Cunaxa (401).

    e. Persian Asia Minor

  • Earlier that year Artaxerxes had defeated his brother Cyrus at Cunaxa on the Euphrates, crushing the latter's bid for the throne.

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  • Yet, after Cunaxa, he had rarely known peace of mind.

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  • He could see it all so clearly - the Greeks demoralized after the battle at Cunaxa, yet still holding their formation.

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  • Outside the sun was shining, the sky cloudless, just like that day at Cunaxa when all his dreams and beliefs were put to the test; when Cyrus had fought for his birthright.

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  • The two forces had met near the village of Cunaxa.

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  • What he saw was sunlight on lance points, what he heard was the screams of the dying and the cacophonous clash of sword on shield at Cunaxa as the Greeks, in four-deep formation, routed the barbarians.

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