The Anabasis,c. 400 BC
On the fifth day, the Greeks came to the mountain, and the name of it was Theches. When the men who were in the front had mounted the height and looked down upon the sea, a great shout proceeded from them, and on hearing it, Xenophon and the rearguard thought that some new enemies were assailing the front; for in the rear, too, the people from the country that they had burned were following them, and the rearguard, by placing an ambuscade, had killed some and taken others prisoners, and had captured about twenty shields made of raw oxhides with the hair on. But as the noise still increased and drew nearer, and as those who came up from time to time kept running at full speed to join those who were continually shouting, the cries becoming louder as the men became more numerous, it appeared to Xenophon that it must be some very great moment. Mounting his horse, therefore, and taking with him Lycius and the cavalry, he hastened forward to give aid, when presently they heard the soldiers shouting, “The sea! The sea!” and cheering on one another. Then they all began to run, the rearguard as well as the rest, and the baggage cattle and horses were put to their speed. And when they had all arrived at the top, the men embraced one another, and their generals and captains, with tears in their eyes.