Steven Pressfield Blog
Why did king Leonidas pick the specific 300 warriors that he did to fight the Persians (and to face certain death) at Thermopylae?
It’s only fitting to begin our exploration of the Warrior Archetype with the women of ancient Sparta, instead of the men. More than their beauty and freedom, Spartan women were famous as the toughest-minded and the fiercest enforcers of the warrior ethos to which their husbands, sons, and fathers aspired.
When the coronavirus first hit, I thought to myself, “How can I help? People are facing tremendous new psychological and emotional challenges. What can I share? How can I contribute?”
Today begins a new video series. I’ll be spending the next several months talking about what I call The Warrior Archetype. This series will look at the idea of what a warrior is in ancient times and modern times; the internal battle and the external battle; the warrior in each of us.
Far from Heaven (2002) is not an all-time great movie, but I confess I love it. Almost entirely for the ending, which to me is devastating.
The obstacles that the hero confronts In Act Two can’t arise willy-nilly from everywhere and nowhere. They must originate from a single source—the villain.
The Warrior Archetype
A New Video Series from Steven Pressfield
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FREE MINI COURSE
Start with this War of Art [27-minute] mini-course. It's free. The course's five audio lessons will ground you in the principles and characteristics of the artist's inner battle.