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...I hope I should have the guts to betray my country" - E.M. Forster.

Recently I’ve been rewatching the Star Wars prequel films. And that naturally leads one to thinking about betrayal and what types of betrayals are acceptable or not – or if betrayal is ever acceptable. It’s also something that is on my mind because I’ve been reading Aeneas Tacitus on siege warfare in 4th century BCE Greece and he’s far more concerned about betrayal from inside than attacks from the outside (did you know that one term for traitors in antiquity was ‘gate-openers’?).

Betrayal – justified or not – is one of those great epic themes that can just bring stories all sorts of interesting places. Being the trivial sort of person I am I talk about it in terms of pop culture and TV.

Cut for length. No real spoilers for anything, I think. )

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