From Athens to the White House is an in-depth study of leadership in classical antiquity, as a means of better understanding our local, national, and global leaders. Drawing on Greco-Roman literature and stories ripped from the headlines, we explore big questions about crises of leadership, motivation, personality traits, gender bias, the influence of leaders on race and racism, demagoguery, rhetoric and self-presentation, and more. We will study great leaders of ancient Greece and Rome: Agamemnon, who led the Greek forces in the Trojan War; Pericles, who ushered in the golden age of Athens; Alcibiades, who dared much and lost it all; his teacher, the philosopher Socrates; Cyrus, heir to the Persian Empire; Cicero, the greatest speaker in all of Roman history; Julius Caesar, whose assassination sped on the fall of the Republic; his beloved Antony and Cleopatra; and Trajan, emperor at the height of Rome’s power. These lions and lionesses of history changed the world. Pondering their strengths and weaknesses proves useful for examining our own leaders and what we want of them.