Episode 7: Spartacus

In by Barry Strauss

ANTIQUITAS
ANTIQUITAS
Episode 7: Spartacus
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Would you die for freedom? Learn how Spartacus and 70+ gladiators set Italy ablaze in their quest for liberty…and for revenge.

From Tacitus to Tebow

The philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) drew a distinction between the spirit of geometry and the spirit of finesse. With apologies to Pascal’s own infinite finesse, I will reduce the distinction to this: mathematical rigor versus good judgment. Mathematical rigor marshals the facts, subjects them to analysis, and comes up with the answer. Good judgment simply knows. Pascal tends to come …

Bread and circuses

With Super Bowl XLVI upon us, I summoned the ghost of the most victorious Roman of them all, Julius Caesar. “Hail, professor,” he said. “I see that you’ve got a cast on your left arm. Is that a football injury?” “No. I got it working out at the gym. I learned the hard way that I’m not 30 anymore.”