By Steven Pressfield

Remarkable at struggle, a grasp of politics, and a charismatic lover, Alcibiades was once Athens’ favourite son and the city’s maximum general.

A prodigal follower of Socrates, he embodied either the easiest and the worst of the Golden Age of Greece. A commander on either land and sea, he led his armies to victory after victory.

But just like the heroes in an exceptional Greek tragedy, he was once a sufferer of his personal satisfaction, vanity, extra, and ambition. Accused of crimes opposed to the kingdom, he used to be banished from his liked Athens, simply to take in fingers within the carrier of his former enemies.

For approximately 3 many years, Greece burned with struggle and Alcibiades helped convey victories to each side — and ended up depended on via neither.

Narrated from loss of life row via Alcibiades’ bodyguard and murderer, a guy whose personal love and loathing for his former commander mirrors the combined feelings felt through all Athens, Tides of War tells an epic saga of a rare century, a conflict that modified heritage, and a posh chief who seduced a state.

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While most participants voiced that middle age was a time of relative occupational security, they also discussed how moving into old age limits occupational opportunities and signifies retirement. Several men spoke specifically about the existence of a chronological cut-off point, after which it would be difficult or impossible to change careers or jobs. Jack (age 61) talked about experiencing increased invisibility at work: ‘I really felt treated like I was an old man ... ’ They often mentioned retirement as a goal previously distant, which had grown close.

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I was watching him last night playing, you know, that’s a wonderful kind of engagement and something hopefully he retains ... ’. These participants largely felt that old age was a sort of acquiescence, a failure to try hard enough, often with scorn for those who did not fight against their ageing. Various participants brought up examples of individuals who were ‘living old’ or just not trying hard enough, letting themselves go. Most of the interviewees agreed that there were some parts of ageing life that one can and should control.

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