Thalatta! Thalatta!

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Θάλαττα, θάλατταThe Sea! The Sea! — painting by Bernard Granville Baker, 1901

Thálatta! Thálatta! (Greek: Θάλαττα! θάλαττα! — "The Sea! The Sea!") was the shouting of joy when the roaming 10,000 Greeks saw Euxeinos Pontos (the Black Sea) from Mount Theches (Θήχης) in Trebizond, after participating in Cyrus the Younger's failed march against the Persian Empire in the year 401 BC. The mountain was only a five-day march away from the friendly coastal city Trapezus. The story is told by Xenophon in his Anabasis.[1]


Thálatta (θάλαττα, pronounced [tʰálatta]) is the Attic form of the word. In Ionic, Doric, Koine, Byzantine, and Modern Greek it is thálassa (θάλασσα).


Iris Murdoch wrote a novel called The Sea, The Sea which won the Man Booker Prize in 1978.[2]

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  1. ^ Xenophon (c. 370 BCE). "Anabasis: Book 4, Chapter 7, Section 24". Perseus Project. Tufts University. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Murdoch, Iris (1978). The Sea, The Sea. Chatto & Windus.