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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 …

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A Holiday Season Update

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Happy Holidays everyone! As the last post of the year, I bring you an update of the latest happenings in my academic life and recent news on The Death of Caesar. History Author Show‘s latest podcast features yours truly discussing The Death of Caesar as well as other previous books of mine The Death of Caesar has also made The …

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The Latest Interviews With Barry

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After a lengthy research trip at Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England, Barry has returned to North America and is in high demand. As a leading military historian, Strauss was asked to lend his expertise on a recent National Geographic article detailing the discovery of the lost Aegean island of Kane where the Battle of Arginusae occurred during the final years …

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What Good Is Liberal Education?

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In his latest op-ed for The American Interest, Strauss discusses the imperative for a renewed focus on liberal arts and humanistic studies in a landscape where university students increasingly choose pre-professional career paths in economics, finance, math, science and technology. Citing other recent articles on the subject, Strauss explains that liberal arts classes train young minds to think broadly and …

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Barron’s Review of The Death of Caesar

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Joe Queenan published a book review of The Death of Caesar last week for Barron’s. Read the full review by scrolling below: A Swarm of Snakes in the Grass: The Betrayal of Julius Caesar How often are assassins on a first-name basis with their victims? John Wilkes Booth had never even met Abraham Lincoln; Gavrilo Princip had never broken bread …

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Monday Caesar Update

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Two pieces of news to bring to your attention today: Barry will be giving a lecture at Alfred University on Thursday, September 10th discussing The Death of Caesar as well as some of his recent op-ed articles Speaking of op-ed articles, Barry was published last week in the Hoover Institute’s Strategika with his piece entitled, “Lessons of Past Arms Control …

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