Blog Posts

June 7, 2023
Women of Valor

I’m delighted to announce, first, the return of my podcast, ANTIQUITAS: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World. The first episode of the new season, “How to Win a War,” was uploaded on Thursday, June 1. Thanks, everyone for making the launch such a success: the listener response has been great. If you haven’t heard […]

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May 24, 2023
How To Give A Successful Presentation

In my previous article, I shared ten valuable teachings for students drawn from the wisdom of Sun Tzu and his seminal work, The Art of War. Now, let's equip speakers with the knowledge of this ancient tactician. For this week's installment, we're delving into tactics guaranteed to enhance your presentation skills and make your public […]

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May 10, 2023
Sun Tzu and The Successful Student

In the last post, I offered ten insightful lessons from Sun Tzu and his masterpiece, The Art of War, for teachers. Now it’s time for students to arm themselves with the ancient strategist’s wisdom.  Do you know a high school or college student seeking the keys to academic success? Look no further. In this week's […]

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April 26, 2023
Sun Tzu and The Art of Teaching

In my last post, I wrote about the art of shih or strategic advantage. We can learn from the great book of Sun Tzu, The Art of War. The best strategy for success is to take the enemy into account and to try to maneuver him into a weak position. Deception is usually a key […]

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April 12, 2023
Fighting Smart. A Lesson from Sun Tzu

Winning is hard. Minimizing the energy needed to win is even harder, but it can be all important, especially in war. You want to win the battle but not if it leaves you too exhausted to reap the fruits of victory. Few understand this better than the master of strategy, Sun Tzu. He wrote the […]

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March 29, 2023
Ten Lessons of the Ukraine War from a Classic Master of the Military Art

The war in Ukraine is now well into its second year. Commanders, politicians, military analysts, defense contractors, and journalists are all watching and weighing the lessons for the future. What weapons worked and which were mere hype? Are we now in the age of AI battle? Do sanctions work? Ukraine is badly outnumbered but highly […]

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How to Win a War? Ask Thucydides

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The great ancient Greek historian and theorist still has a lot to teach us about war, strategy, and democracy. "The future is likely to resemble the past," Thucydides wrote, claiming that "my work is a possession for all time." Was he right? Join me, and you can decide.

Episode 4.3: Love and Sex and the Roman Emperors

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The emperors Vespasian, Titus, Hadrian, and Septimius Severus all had career-defining love affairs outside the elite of Roman Italy. Here are their stories.

Episode 4.2: Mothers, Sons, & Roman Emperors

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The fascinating stories of three Roman emperors and their mothers: Tiberius & Livia, Nero & Agrippina, and Constantine & Saint Helena.
Barry Strauss © 2023