Dr. Barry Strauss | Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership
Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar were the three greatest generals of the ancient world. Each was a master of war. Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight, when and why; to know what victory was and when to end the war; to determine how to bring stability to the lands he conquered. Each general had to be a battlefield tactician and more: a statesman, a strategist, a leader. Each of them had great success and great failure. How do they stack up in a comparison? What are the enduring lessons for today? Tactics change, weapons change, but war itself remains much the same throughout the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to define success. Understanding where each of these three great (but flawed) commanders succeeded and failed can serve anyone who wants to think strategically or who has to demonstrate leadership.
The event was sponsored by European Studies, the Department of History, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, and the History Graduate Student Organization and took place Sept. 10, 2012.