What the Ancient Greeks Understood About the Modern Soldier

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Prometheus chained by Vulcan

For years, Bryan Doerries has devoted his career to helping service members, veterans, and their families, through theater. Doerries is a theater director who invites people who have suffered through trauma into readings of ancient Greek plays. This is part performance, part innovative public health project— drawing on timeless art, Doerries helps initiates conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. In his new book The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, he reveals how the pain, suffering, and intensity of Greek Tragedies is just as potent today as it was 415 BC.