Peter Jones

Become like ancient Athens — leave the EU

13 February 2016 9:00 am

One feels that Sir Stuart Rose, leader of the EU referendum ‘In’ campaign, should really try a little harder. First…

In defence of discrimination

6 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron has accused universities of being xenophobic, racist and prejudiced against the poor. He is too much of a…

Some 2,000-year-old teaching tips for Oxford’s new vice-chancellor

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s new vice-chancellor, is worried about a new government plan to judge teaching quality. Her reason is…

Ancient and Modern: The mercenaries of IS and ancient Greece

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Last week we read that Isis was crumbling, but still a force to be reckoned with. That is true, but…

For a true moral lesson, Rugby School, get your pupils drunk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Rugby and Ampleforth schools have decided to give their charges experience of sensible drinking by introducing a little alcohol, under…

Ancient and Modern

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In Living with Difference, a think-tank report on the problems raised by a multi-faith UK, the chair Baroness Butler-Sloss says…

Ancient Greeks and modern entrepreneurs

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There is much talk today of the enthusiasm with which young entrepreneurs are setting up businesses. One reason why this…

Ancient and modern . . . on Jeremy Corbyn’s puppet statecraft

5 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Please do not mistake democracy for division. We’re now allowing people to express their views in a way in which…

Benjamin Clementine hasn’t really dedicated his prize to the Paris victims — yet

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Benjamin Clementine, who won the 2015 Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now, received his cheque…

Why do we assume our western good life will last for ever?

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The slaughter in Paris is a catastrophe for the victims and their families, but the usual hysterical response across the…

If he’s lucky, Jeremy Corbyn might be as good on defence as Nero

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nicholas Houghton is worried that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will never use the existing…

How ancient Athens handled immigrants

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Among all the arguments about how many non-EU immigrants we should let in, campaigners are proposing a scheme for private…

The fall of the Roman republic – and the rise of the EU

29 October 2015 9:00 am

As both sides of the great EU debate line up their forces, it is worth reflecting on the implications of…

Jeremy Corbyn and Pericles: spot the difference

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Whatever else one can say about Jeremy Corbyn, one thing is clear: he is a leader who does not believe…

Socrates and Galen on the Great British Bake Off

17 October 2015 8:00 am

As the national girth expands by the second, Auntie, never backward about lecturing us on the topic, continues to glory…

John McDonnell’s true economic guru: the emperor Nero

10 October 2015 9:00 am

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor in the Corbynite splinter-group, has announced that £120 billion is waiting to be reclaimed from tax…

Why Cicero would have liked shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Heidi Alexander, Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow health secretary, has emphasised how important it is ‘to weave into [Labour’s] language, our narrative…

What Tiberius could teach Jeremy Corbyn about democracy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The virtuous Mr Corbyn is insisting that New Old Labour should return to its traditional republican ways and take decisions…

The relative experience of Roman consuls and Corbyn

19 September 2015 8:00 am

One of the justifications of the House of Lords is that it embodies ‘collective experience’. That is not a quality…

How ancient Rome turned immigrants into citizens

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the migration crisis, the EU is currently acting just like the ancients, as if border controls did not exist,…

Jeremy Corbyn and what a real plebeian revolt looks like

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Last week, guru Corbyn was invited to reflect on the 2,500-year-old Roman origins of the republicanism to which he is…

How to tell if Jeremy Corbyn is a proper republican

29 August 2015 9:00 am

True to his antique, bearded ideology, guru Corbyn is a ‘republican’, a form of government invented 2,500 years ago. ‘Republic’…

What Tacitus would have made of the Heath rumours

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The press and police have been condemned for the way they fall on mere rumour and plaster it across the…

Tips for Boris from imperial Rome

15 August 2015 9:00 am

While the Labour party rakes over its past in an effort to find a policy for its future, the commentators…

Does Labour need a new name? Let’s ask Plato

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In order to make a sensible choice of new leader, the Labour party is trying to work out what its…