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Barbarians Rising

In Hannibal's Path, Spartacus by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

Barry had a great time doing interviews for History Channel’s new series, “Barbarians Rising,” which has its US and World Premiere at 9 p.m. Monday June 6. The subject is the warriors and rebels who went up against one of the greatest empires in history – Rome. What leadership skills did they display? “You had to be a bit of …

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“MY HONOR FOR MYSELF” – The Liberation of Rome 1944

In Rome by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

The Allies marched into Rome on June 4, 1944. Some years ago I asked a US army veteran who was there about his experience. “It was the greatest day of my life,” he told me. “The streets were lined with crowds. Everyone was clapping and cheering: Americani! Americani! Viva gli Americani!” American troops came into town through the Porta San …

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Caesar’s Last Hurrah

In The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

            On March 14, 44 B.C., the day before the Ides of March, Caesar went to the dinner party from hell. The scene was the Roman house of his friend Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. Caesar brought with him another friend, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus. Lepidus was a glorified errand boy for the dictator but he was a loyalist and Caesar had …

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Leap Day is for Caesar and…

In Masters of Command, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

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

In Leadership, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

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

In Leadership, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

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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Happy 2,115th Birthday to Julius Caesar

In The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

  Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 13, 100 B.C. That makes him 2115 years old today. To paraphrase the musical Hair, “Happy Birthday, Julie baby, happy birthday to you!” Everybody knows the day of Caesar’s assassination, the Ides of March, March 15, 44 B.C. but few knew the day of his birth. That deserves a change!   …

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Fifty Shades of Gai(us)

In Caesar's Ghost, The Death of Caesar by Barry StraussLeave a Comment

  On February 15, 44 BC, priests ran half-naked through the streets of Rome and lightly touched girls and young women with goatskin thongs. The gesture, it was thought, would bring fertility. The occasion was the Lupercalia, an annual festival of purification. In 44 BC a new group of priests took part in the festivities. They were called the Julian …

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