J. E. Lendon


On his book Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins

Cover Interview of January 04, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Honor, furious emotion, strategy, statesmanship—and literary history.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Culture gets people killed.  And some of the aspects of culture that got people killed in ancient Greece are very similar to those that that drive modern states and individuals to violence.”

On the second:

“Like many historians trained to write analytical history, I found, as I got older, that I wanted to tell a story. A story well told both delights and elevates its reader.”