Ancient Greek wisdom for today’s leadership crisis


What makes a good leader?

This question confronts us at every election and with every domestic and international policy decision.

As a professor of classical languages and literature for more than 30 years, I marvel at our insistence on addressing this question as if it were brand new.

Centuries ago, myths helped the Greeks learn to reject tyrannical authority and identify the qualities of good leadership.

Parthenon 1a Reuters 2b LLLLAs I write in my book “Enraged,” the same myths that long predate the world’s very first democracy have lessons for us today – just as they did for the ancient Greeks centuries ago.

Respect and reciprocity

Long before the…

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