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Essays on the Classics Volume 3 by Jason R. Goetz carries readers through subjects such as war strategies, the role of leadership, American politics during the Clinton administration with a focus on homosexuality, love and war concepts from the time of the Greeks, through Judaism, and on to the present, aspects of tyranny and despotism from Creon to Hitler, and a debate on what logic is - all based on classic works by Plato, Homer, Titus Livius, Herodotus, Hemingway, Sophocles, Virgil, etc. The first chapter, where the author explains how he won a chess match by applying the Fabian Strategy, is particularly interesting. The book opens with a Preface written by Ira Fistell and closes with a chapter on the idea of “Don't ask, don't tell” which is both captivating and thought provoking.
Volume 3 is the latest one in the series Essays on the Classics. Whether you are familiar or not with classic works like Aeneid, Iliad, Antigone, or Shakespeare’s plays, Essays on the Classics are a great starting point for getting an introduction to the above titles as well as for reminding you of long-forgotten reads. They are the basis of any intellectual pursuits in order to gain general knowledge, broaden your horizon, and exercise your analytical skills. The book is intellectually challenging to read, which is expected from this genre. Eloquently written, you can also hear the author’s voice which makes the book accessible without losing its academic qualities. I recommend this book not just to humanities' students, but to anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge as each essay could also be a starting point for a debate on the respective subject.