Steven Pressfield

Episode Twenty: The Amazons, Part Two

By Steven Pressfield |

The legend is that, around 1250 BCE, an army of Amazon women attacked Athens.

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Alexander the Great and the Two Levels

By Steven Pressfield |

I felt at home in Egypt. I could happily have been a priest. In truth I am a warrior-priest, who marches where God directs him, in the service of Necessity and Fate. Nor is such a notion vain or self-infatuated. Consider: Persia’s time has passed. In the Invisible World, Darius’ empire has already fallen. Who am I, except the agent of that end, which already exists in the Other World and at whose birth I assist in this one?  

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Episode Nineteen: “Women The Equal Of Men”

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve all seen “Wonder Woman” and thought it was cool.

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Episode Eighteen: “Consider the Character of the Athenians”

By Steven Pressfield |

On the eve of the great war between Athens and Sparta, a speech was given to the Spartans, warning them of the character of the enemy they were about to take on.

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk

By Steven Pressfield |

I was in the middle of writing Eat, Pray, Love, and I fell into one of those sort of pits of despair … [and] I started to think I should just dump this project. But then I remembered Tom [Waits] talking to the open air [when inspiration for a song hit him while he was driving on the freeway and had no way to record it] and I tried it. So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room. And I said aloud, “Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn’t…

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Episode Sixteen: “Sire, Remember The Athenians”

By Steven Pressfield |

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

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The Unlived Life

By Steven Pressfield |

I started The War of Art with this thought:

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Episode Fifteen: The Agoge: The Education Of A Spartan Boy

By Steven Pressfield |

Spartan boys were taken from their mothers at age seven and enrolled in “the Upbringing.”

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Episode Fourteen: The Factory of Fear

By Steven Pressfield |

Every facet of every warrior code is about one thing and one thing only—Fear.

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First Drafts are Killers

By Steven Pressfield |

You could join the Foreign Legion. You could cross Antarctica on foot.

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