Barry Strauss is the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, Corliss Page Dean Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and author of the new book THE WAR THAT MADE THE ROMAN EMPIRE: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium (Simon & Schuster)

Ancient But Apt

Almost 3,000 years after it was founded, Rome still symbolizes the soul of the West. If you don’t believe it, ask ISIS, which wants to blow it up.