Interview with the Ithaca Times on the Death of OBL

In General by Barry Strauss

Cornell expert: Risky Bin Laden operation ‘great achievement,’ but terrorism remains – Ithaca Times : News By Rob Montana | Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 1:21 pm Like many Americans late Sunday night or early Monday morning, the news that Osama bin Laden was dead – and at the hands of U.S. forces – came as a shock to Cornell …

Barry StraussInterview with the Ithaca Times on the Death of OBL

Beware the Kalends of May

In Caesar's Ghost, Masters of Command by Barry Strauss

The news of Osama bin Laden’s death seems to have jolted my connection with Caesar back to life. Tell me, dictator, what do you think of the news? I suppose Bin Laden should have known to beware the Kalends of May [as Romans called May 1]. But we men of action never could abide soothsayers and their warnings.

Barry StraussBeware the Kalends of May

Great Caesar’s Ghost

In Caesar's Ghost, Masters of Command by Barry Strauss

I read a report recently that Syrian ruler Bashar Assad sent thousands of soldiers into Damascus undercover, in black plainclothes, to make them look like policemen. Classicist that I am, I immediately thought of an incident in 49 BCE. Just before crossing the Rubicon and starting his invasion of Italy, Caesar sent centurions into the key city of Rimini (ancient …

Barry StraussGreat Caesar’s Ghost