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