Stepping into the shoes of a god wasn’t easy! So we learn in a new book that traces the biographies of 10 of the men who succeeded Julius Caesar, deified by the Roman Senate. Read the article in Cornell Chronicle here.
Would you die for a dream? If the dreamer were Alexander the Great, you might.
Would you die for democracy? That’s what Pericles of Athens asked his countrymen to do in 430 BC in the most famous Funeral Speech until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He and Aspasia were the first power couple in the history of democracy.
Is it true that nations have no allies or enemies but only interests? Recent US-Turkish relations remind Barry of that statement by Lord Palmerston, and they bring him back, as usual, to lessons from Greece and Rome.
Today’s Greece, in the midst of crisis
MARCH 2013 The biggest loser by Barry Strauss Why the failings of Demosthenes prove his historical importance. When I was an undergraduate, one of my teachers used to talk only half-seriously about “Great Losers in American History,” beginning with Aaron Burr. It’s not a theme that George Patton would have warmed to. As the general said to the troops, “Americans love …
In the run-up to the publication of Masters of Command on Tuesday, I’ll ask each of the book’s three masters for the lessons of his leadership. Today I speak to the ghost of Alexander the Great. Good morning, Your Majesty. What makes you a greater leader, O King, than Hannibal or Julius Caesar? “I made many Alexanders. From Ptolemy and …