“Barry Strauss, America’s foremost popular classicist, brings the story of Actium to life in ways that rival and surpass Shakespeare’s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra…” A review of The War that Made the Roman Empire by Paul Krause in Merion West.
As Russia blasts its way through Eastern Ukraine via artillery, it is worth remembering that there is a more elegant and efficient way to wage war, and one that often spares life and property, namely, the indirect approach. Consider the Battle of Hattin, for example.
Join me for my book launch talk this spring in Cornell’s prestigious Chats in the Stack series on The War that Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium.
Barry talks to Ancient History Fangirl. Join us as we deconstruct this battle, paint a vivid picture of ancient war at sea, and tackle the one question everyone’s asking: why did Cleopatra flee the battlefield?
While we might crave information, we are right to be suspicious of the sources that provide it.
History shows that such talks are a way station to the real arena: the battlefield.
“The West is like an old man waking up and discovering, to his surprise, that he still has some youthful vigor left. But it’s not stirring fast enough.”
“Actium and Ukraine both remind us of just how difficult war is.”
Ars Technica chats with historian Barry Strauss about his new book, The War that Made the Roman Empire.