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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 …

Barry StraussMy Take on “300: Rise of an Empire”
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Obama, Israel, and the Ides of March

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  Obama, Israel and the Ides of March It’s just as well that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to reach a coalition deal with his political rivals ahead of this weekend’s deadline. The tough world of Israeli politics has enough metaphorical daggers already without adding the shadow of the Ides of March. Still, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finalizes a …

Barry StraussObama, Israel, and the Ides of March

Some Roads Lead to Rome

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Kathleen Parker’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post, “All Roads Lead to Rome,” woke up Caesar’s Ghost. “Hail, Professor!” “Hail, Dictator!” Kathleen Parker complains like Cicero, about the times and the mores. Today’s politicians, she says, are constrained “to say as little of substance as possible and to say it often.” The citizenry has become a distracted mob, unable to focus …

Barry StraussSome Roads Lead to Rome