The Anabasii of Antiquity were couriers who brought messages and dispatches from one party to another.  Before the advent of better roads, mail, and finally, email, there were only messengers.  Braving the elements and bandits, these hardy couriers of fleet feet and enduring stamina risked their lives to make known critical messages of the past.  Of the anabasii, perhaps the most famous was Pheidippides, who supposedly ran 240 km in two days, delivering the news, “Nenikékamen!” (“We have won!”) after the battle of Marathon.  His mission complete, he allegedly died on the spot.


Several millenia have elapsed, and instead of humans we now have streams of tiny electrons as messengers, in emails, streaming video, and VoIP, among other things.  Why wait several hours or days, when we can get our messages instantly, even yesterday?  Everything is tranferable as well — knowledge, personal information, art, and even money.  But what about wisdom?  There are some things that even the fastest messengers in the universe cannot transfer fast enough.


As a solitary anabasius, I have but humble qualifications. I have served as a soldier (Marine, actually) of the most powerful free nation on Earth for nearly a decade.  After which, I have led a semi-nomadic life, becoming a servant of the banks and industries, a schoolteacher, among other things.  I have come to accept that it is part of my own journey.  To what end, only Time and the Fates really know.  However, if the messages I convey bring insight and a spark of wisdom to my readers, then the journey has been worthwhile.

Hekastois khairein Anabasius.


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