Interview with the Ithaca Times on the Death of OBL

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Cornell expert: Risky Bin Laden operation ‘great achievement,’ but terrorism remains – Ithaca Times : News By Rob Montana | Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:21 pm Like many Americans late Sunday night or early Monday morning, the news that Osama bin Laden was dead – and at the hands of U.S. forces – came as a shock to Cornell …

Barry StraussInterview with the Ithaca Times on the Death of OBL

Beware the Kalends of May

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The news of Osama bin Laden’s death seems to have jolted my connection with Caesar back to life. Tell me, dictator, what do you think of the news? I suppose Bin Laden should have known to beware the Kalends of May [as Romans called May 1]. But we men of action never could abide soothsayers and their warnings.

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Great Caesar’s Ghost

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I read a report recently that Syrian ruler Bashar Assad sent thousands of soldiers into Damascus undercover, in black plainclothes, to make them look like policemen. Classicist that I am, I immediately thought of an incident in 49 BCE. Just before crossing the Rubicon and starting his invasion of Italy, Caesar sent centurions into the key city of Rimini (ancient …

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