Steven Pressfield Blog
Combat for the ancient Greeks was an up-close-and-personal affair. Either you killed the man across from you or he killed you.
A writer’s story about how “Gates of Fire” came to be.
I’ve been doing a video series on social media called “The Warrior Archetype.” One of the points I’m trying to make is that exterior virtues that we often associate with soldiers and physical combatants can also be called upon by you and me as we fight the interior “war of art.”
Do we study the Warrior Archetype so we can strap on a sword and march off to battle?
You turn fifteen and (if you’re a guy) you suddenly want to put on a helmet and beat your buddies’ brains out on the football field, drive fast, hang with your homies, and blow things up.
I was watching Shakespeare’s Henry V the other night (the Kenneth Branagh film version from 1989) and it got me thinking about historical fiction and why I write it. At least one of the reasons.
We’re getting deep today, exploring the great psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious and the archaic “super-personalities” that dwell there — the Archetypes.
2500 years ago, the Persian king Xerxes, while invading Greece with an army of two million men (according to Herodotus), confronted the defending Greeks, led by 300 Spartan warriors, at a narrow pass called Thermopylae.
The Warrior Archetype
A New Video Series from Steven Pressfield
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