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The long history of disinformation during war

While we might crave information, we are right to be suspicious of the sources that provide it, Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics, writes in Washington Post commentary.
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Russia and Ukraine peace talks likely have nothing to do with ‘peace’

As peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine appear to be proceeding in fits and starts, Barry Strauss, writes that history shows that such talks are a way station to the real arena: the battlefield.
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Julius Caesar’s campaign book

Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, writes in this Wall Street Journal essay, about the penchant for presidential hopefuls to pen the stories of their lives during election seasons.

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Women in Ancient Rome Didn’t Have Equal Rights. They Still Changed History

Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, wrote in this op-ed in Time that ancient Rome was a macho society, often misogynistic, where women did not enjoy equal citizen rights. But, he says, if we look hard at history, we discover some women who made their mark. 

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If Kushner is the man for the job, family ties shouldn't matter

In this opinion piece in The Hill, historian Barry Strauss, contends that Trump's appointment of his son-in-law as a senior advisor has plenty of precedent.