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Julius Caesar as Leader: An Ideal and a Warning
Barry Strauss (Cornell University)
Julius Caesar was one of history’s greatest leaders and one of its worst. Far from being just the blindly arrogant dictator of Shakespeare’s play, Caesar was a visionary of mind-boggling versatility who excelled at politics, communications and war. But then there was his arrogance. He changed the world but nearly destroyed it. For anyone with the ambition to lead, Caesar offers a textbook and a cautionary tale. In this talk we’ll learn why.
Barry Strauss is Professor of History and Classics as well as Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University. He is the series editor of The Princeton History of the Ancient World and author of seven books on ancient history. Professor Strauss is a recognized authority on the subject of leadership and the lessons that can be learned from the experiences of the greatest political and military leaders of the ancient world, such as Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar.