Barry Strauss is Professor of History and Classics, Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University, and author of TEN CAESARS: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine (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.