Love, it is said, is a battlefield, and it was no more so than for the first goddess of love and war, Ishtar. Her legend has influenced cultural archetypes from Aphrodite to Wonder Woman.
As populism reemerges, Thucydides’s insights into the power of words to influence public sentiments remain acutely up-to-date.
Writers have tried pretty much anything to make ends meet: advertising, journalism, butterfly collecting, working as a janitor or a postal clerk.
From environmentalism to the meaning of life, the themes of the world's most ancient epic are still remarkably relevant to modern readers.