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Parallels were irresistible: the parallels between the rivalry of the United States and the Soviet Union and classical Greece's three great struggles-the triumph over the Persians, the long Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens, and the Greeks' defeat by the drab, muddy Macedonia of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. These were contests of freedom against tyranny, of naval against land power, and of the cheerful confusion of democracy against glum authoritarianism. Comment?
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