5 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Five: A Society of Virtue

Lycurgus was the founder of Sparta. The first thing he did was outlaw money. He wanted his people to pursue virtue instead.

The equivalent of a Spartan dime was a two-pound lump of iron, dipped in vinegar so it would be useless for any other purpose.

In today’s video, we’ll examine the warrior virtues that the ancients aspired to … and begin to ask how these ideals can be applied today (and should be applied) to other kinder, gentler pursuits.

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5 Comments

  1. Andrew lubin on August 31, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Looking forward to reading ‘Plutarch’s Lives’ this weekend!”

    • Steven Pressfield on August 31, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Great, Andy! Start with the Life of Lycurgus. Other great ones: Alexander the Great … and Alcibiades.

      Semper Fi, brother …
      Steve

  2. Peter Brockwell on September 2, 2020 at 1:46 am

    The guru has spoken and I’ve also Just started reading ‘Plutarch’s Lives’. It looks fascinating. Also I discovered that I already have an unread copy of ‘Plutarch on Sparta’. Excellent!!

  3. Joe Jansen on September 2, 2020 at 6:57 am

    You know what I like about archive.org? It’s a library: https://archive.org/details/livesfromplutarc00plut

    I was appreciating the Life of Lycurgus not only for what Plutarch wrote of him, but in recognizing that this account was one of the seeds that grew into “Gates.” Seeing the interrogation of Alexandros by Polynikes reflected in: “After supper the captain would make the boys perform — singing, demonstrating, or answering questions or solving problems. He would ask, ‘Who is the best man in the city? Why? What do you think of a certain law?’ Thus they were trained to judge men and issues.”

    Great tight little aphorisms:

    “When asked what exercises the Spartans practice, Lycurgus answered, ‘All sorts, except that in which you stretch out your hands in surrender.'”

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