Steven Pressfield Blog
Alexander was twelve years old when horse dealers brought the great stallion Bucephalus, for sale, to his father Philips’s court in Macedonia.
I’m going to recommend another book today. You may think, eyeballing the title, that it could have no place within our “writer’s bookshelf.” But it should sit, believe me, front and center.
With today’s episode we’ll move on from the Spartans, the consummate Warrior Collective, to the paramount individual warrior in history—Alexander the Great.
We will talk about the King archetype a lot as this series goes along.
My girlfriend Diana and I were shooting a video for the “Warrior Archetype” series when we came upon this charming country cottage.
Certain warrior virtues are obvious. Courage.Fidelity.Mental and emotional toughness.
Why have we concentrated so intensely in this series on the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae?
There are certain books that we all should have on our Writer’s Bookshelf. Here’s one that I can’t recommend highly enough:
Today’s episode borrows heavily from Victor Davis Hanson’s book, The Western Way of War, whose thesis is that the way Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, and all great Western generals down to today chose to wage war was to seek a pitched, decisive infantry battle that, at one blow, would decide everything.
If history is written by the (ultimate) winners, it’s no wonder that we in the West view the Persian king Xerxes as a villain and the Spartan king Leonidas as a hero.
The Warrior Archetype
A New Video Series from Steven Pressfield
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