In tumultuous times, artists turn to the Greeks for guidance. The great tragedians knew firsthand the human costs of war—from Aeschylus, who preached against triumphalism, having fought in two improbable Greek victories over the Persians, to Euripides, who loathed the Athenian imperialist fervor that led to the protracted Peloponnesian War. Even Sophocles, paragon of Attic poise, couldn't help indirectly responding to the militaristic policies of the ruler Pericles, whose blind vendetta against Sparta strikes all too many parallels with our own tyrant's hell-bent "anti-terror"... More >>>