16 The Warrior Archetype

Episode Sixteen: “Sire, Remember The Athenians”

The Persian king Darius had never heard of the Greeks, their nations were so distant and so remote on the periphery of his empire.

Then the Athenians burned Sardis, one of the king’s cities.

Thereafter at each evening meal, a servant was instructed to whisper in the monarch’s ear, “Sire, remember the Athenians.”

From this reminder of revenge came wars that went on for centuries and are still shaping our world today.

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  1. Joe on October 8, 2020 at 6:28 am

    I appreciate the insights into the deep history in which you’ve immersed yourself, knowing that this is ground from which all these great stories have emerged.

    • Brian Nelson on October 8, 2020 at 7:40 am

      I agree–and again reminds me of Victor Davis Hanson’s writings/thoughts. There is much more weight to an argument/principle when grounded in millennia of human experience.

    • Joe on October 8, 2020 at 7:42 am


      I’d like to see Steve and Vic go at it with pugil sticks.


      • Brian Nelson on October 8, 2020 at 7:49 am

        Wouldn’t that be great! Even better would be to listen to them on a podcast discuss life, war, philosophy. I’d tune in for sure!

        • Joe on October 8, 2020 at 8:07 am

          That would be epic.

  2. Brian Nelson on October 8, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Just wanted to thank you again for this video series. I was walking through Tacoma this weekend–counting steps at different locations in town. We are going ahead with our race, but need to have a virtual option available. Better to have done the math for others, so they can choose different routes.

    Autumn is definitely in the air here, but the weather is perfect for being outside. What I noticed more than anything was the number of people masked up, while away from others, and outdoors. I do not want to delve into the ‘politics’ of mask wearing, but it seemed to me that this behavior was fear-based. Most of people were 30 and under–and it concerned me.

    This video series reminds us of the values a Warrior Archetype teaches, and the daily confrontation with fear. I wanted to make cards with “stevenpressfield.com” on one side and “WE WILL SURVIVE” on the other side.

    Encouragement and inspiration are invaluable. I believe this is your legacy–even more than your wonderful writings/videos.

  3. Al on October 8, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Sometimes life seems like we wake up in a middle of movie that unless you understand history of how we got here it’s difficult to see where we are heading. Thanks for the insight.

  4. Todd Cattell on October 12, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Brilliant Steve, Love too that you are wearing the “Largo” name tag in this video.

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  6. backrooms on March 1, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Sometimes life feels like we wake up in a movie, and unless you know the backstory, it’s hard to discern where we’re going. Thanks.

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