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June 10, 2016
Zephyr Institute

The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern

What does it mean to be a hero? A discussion on heroism, ancient and modern with Tod Lindberg

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June 10, 2016
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA


In his recent book, The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern (Encounter Books, 2015), Tod Lindberg traces the quality of heroic greatness from its origin in human prehistory to the present day. The designation of “hero” once conjured up the prowess of conquerors and kings slaying their enemies on the battlefield. Heroes in the modern world, however, come in many varieties, from teachers and mentors making a lasting impact on others by giving of themselves, to firefighters no less willing than their ancient counterparts to risk life and limb. What is the essence of modern heroism, and how did its transformation from fierce conqueror to self-sacrificial giver come about?




Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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