From Troy to Afghanistan

In Troy by Barry Strauss2 Comments

This week I revisited the Trojan War: I gave the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture at the University of New Hampshire. Although I’ve told that story before, it’s been a year or two, and I couldn’t help but feel how fresh it is. “The past is a foreign country,” as the saying goes – or is it? A long war, …

Barry StraussFrom Troy to Afghanistan

Fault Lines

In Troy by Barry Strauss5 Comments

The sunny, summer scene deceives. In the foreground are swimmers and a beach. Look again and you will see a cemetery and a ruined fort. The place is Gallipoli, site of one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Beyond the fort lies one of history’s most fought-over waterways, the Dardanelles or Hellespont. On the other shore lie …

Barry StraussFault Lines