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Fighting to Win

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“If someone is dangerous enough to fight, then you fight to win. If the Islamic State really is so dangerous to the American homeland in the long term … then it’s irresponsible to tie our hands. It sounds a little bit like Caesar saying he would only use catapults and allied troops but never send Roman legionaries into combat.” — …

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My Take on “300: Rise of an Empire”

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Under the Banner of Women History shows that love and war are not always opposites. Hollywood might not know much about history, but it has an advanced degree in sex and violence. Yet somehow, it can manage a surprising amount of insight into the human condition. A case in point is 300: Rise of an Empire, a sequel to 2006’s hugely …

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“Barry Strauss’s page-turning The Battle of Salamis mixes dynamic writing with solid scholarship”

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’300: Rise of an Empire’ Reinterprets Ancient History with 21st-Century Flair | Media Mania By Joy Fleishhacker on March 4, 2014 Leave a Comment Warner Bros. Pictures provides a second installment in a film series that vivifies the long-ago Persian invasion of Greece (480 BC) with a robust amalgam of larger-than-life storytelling, fantastical and mythic touches, and sword-slashing battle scenes. The movie, 300: Rise of …

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“The Spartacus War is a thrilling account of ancient history… by this wonderful professor”

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Weekend Bookworm: The Spartacus War 14 February 2014 , 11:13 AM by Rob Minshull The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss Spartacus’s was the most famous slave revolt in history and, writes Barry Strauss, arguably its largest. Spartacus defeated Roman armies, terrified the political and military elites of his time, inspired revolutionaries across the ages and, finally, captured the imagination of Hollywood. Even …

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I Blog the Finale of Starz’s “Spartacus” for the Wall Street Journal Online

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Did ‘Spartacus’ Get the Legend Right? Starz’s “Spartacus” series has reached its moving end. Although it took liberties with the historical facts, the finale was loyal to Spartacus’s legend and its great theme – freedom. Spartacus meets his fate but he lives on as one of history’s most famous slaves and one of its greatest freedom fighters. Or so the …

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The Unbelievable (Mostly) Untold Story of Spartacus’s Wife

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The Unbelievable (Mostly) Untold Tale of Spartacus’s Wife As the Starz drama “Spartacus: War of the Damned” hurtles towards its conclusion, Speakeasy asked historian Barry Strauss to reflect on some of the important but little-known aspects of the true story of Spartacus. The penultimate episode of “Spartacus,” titled “The Dead and the Dying,” airs tonight. That a gladiator like Spartacus …

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Spartacus Lecture, Rome, Italy, April 17

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  Spartacus – the Man, the Myth, the Legacy   March 13, 2013 Posted by: AUR Posted In: Active Headlines, Archives Featured Posts     When: April 17, 2013 Time: 5.00 pm Where: Centro Studi Americani, Via Michelangelo Caetani – 00186 Roma Dr. Barry Strauss Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University and author of The Spartacus War (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009) …

Barry StraussSpartacus Lecture, Rome, Italy, April 17