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March is for Leaders

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       In the ancient world the waters of March ran red with blood. The month of spring was also the month of war. It was the traditional kick-off of the military season, when legions marched and navies sailed. No wonder Julius Caesar planned to start a vast military campaign in the east during March 44 B.C. The Romans knew what …

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Leap Day is for Caesar and…

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Today, February 29, is Leap Day. We add it to the calendar every four years (except in years exactly divisible by 100 but not by 400 – 2000 had a leap day but 2100 will not). The purpose is to align the calendar with the earth’s revolution of the sun, which takes 365 days and 6 hours.   Don’t ask …

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A Lesson in Humble Leadership, from Caesar

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Caesar botched his attempt to turn down the throne in his public appearance at the Lupercalia on February 15, 44 B.C. But he did know the value of looking selfless. Five years earlier, when he invaded Italy and set off a civil war, he played the humble leader. The Rubicon was a little stream that marked Italy’s northern border. By …

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How Not to Sell a Power Grab

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February 15, 44 B.C. was the day in which public opinion in Rome took a big swing against Julius Caesar. It was the Lupercalia, an annual religious festival in which men ran through the streets half-naked and lightly touched young women with goatskin thongs. It was all good fun and the Romans thought the gesture would bring fertility. (Writing this …

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Cleopatra

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She was a strategic genius but she moved the world through love. She was the queen of Egypt in its decline, when Rome ruled the Mediterranean and was ready to snuff out its independence. Yet she almost brought down the Roman Empire. She had an indomitable will and an irresistible charm. As Pascal famously said, if her nose had been …

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Thucydides’ Tower and Robert Harris’s Recommendation

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The Death of Caesar continues to make waves around the globe! Over at Historically Thinking, Barry was featured as guest on the site’s most recent podcast discussing the Greek historians Thucydides and Herodotus where he offered commentary on how to look beyond “Thucydides’ Tower”, a phrase used to describe how the scholar covered primarily the politics and battles of the …

Barry StraussThucydides’ Tower and Robert Harris’s Recommendation