The World of Achilles: Ancient Soldiers, Modern Warriors

Homer, not Woodrow Wilson, may prove to be the best source of wisdom for the 21st century.

Issue: Winter 2001-2002

The following essay was written before the events of September 11. No attempt has been made to alter its contents in light of those events.

Nothing is great, writes Seneca, "which is not at the same time calm." In contrast to warriors, gladiators, he goes on to say, "are protected by skill but left defenseless by anger."

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