Meaning of katabasis

ka•tab•a•sis

Pronunciation: (ku-tab'u-sis), [key]
— pl. -ses
  1. a march from the interior of a country to the coast, as that of the 10,000 Greeks after their defeat and the death of Cyrus the Younger at Cunaxa.
  2. a retreat, esp. a military retreat. Cf. anabasis.
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