Ancient and modern

Where does authority really lie in the UK? The ancients would have known

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Forget David Davis, Boris, the cabinet, the commentariat. It’s time to concentrate on the big picture and the central question:…

John McDonnell might soon regret handing out copies of Cicero

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has given all his cabinet a copy of Cicero’s advice on how to win arguments. This…

Fat was not a Greek issue

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The UK obesity crisis is again in the headlines, and ‘life-style’ is the culprit. The ancients may have come up…

The ancients would have understood Trump’s chaotic leadership

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Peace with his enemy Kim Jong-un on the one hand, conflict with his European allies on the other: what sense…

What ancient Roman Remainiacs can teach Matthew Parris

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Matthew Parris feels that he has become a genuine Remainiac, and kindly readers, fearing for his mental health, have been…

Brexit and sovereignty

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Brexiteers argue for ‘sovereignty’, i.e. that Brexit should release us entirely from the grip of Europe, leaving us free to…

Alfie Evans and the ancient matter of life and death

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Alfie Evans was seven months old when he went to hospital with seizures. When more than a year later doctors…

Transgenderism and the Iliad

5 May 2018 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago a reader (Emma Lyons) queried Taki, the High Life professor of ancient Greek culture and…

Rome and the Jews

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn, it is said, does not have a racist bone in his body, and therefore cannot, by definition, be…

Putin’s diseased ideology

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The Russian economy is not in the greatest of shapes. That being the case, one would have thought friendly diplomatic…

Putin follows the example of Octavian

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Barely a day passes without yet another Russian explanation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. What’s new? Such disinformation has…

Kim Jong-un’s unwise offer

17 March 2018 9:00 am

President Trump’s acceptance of talks about denuclearisation must have been as big a shock to Kim Jong-un as his offer was…

BBC2’s Civilisations seems unable to decide what civilisation is

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The presenters of the BBC 2 programme on civilisations seem unable to decide what civilisation is. Socrates would therefore wonder…

Article 50 and the Athenians

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Europe, a majority of MPs (party loyalties aside), the Lords, the civil service, the BBC and the CBI are all…

Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’ – with no result in sight

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’. He received an obscure prize last year for his ‘work for disarmament…

Outsourcing has a long history

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The outsourcing business Carillion has gone bust because its bids for government work have been far too low. The problems…

Army recruiters should follow the Roman example

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Advertisements encouraging men and women to join the army emphasise that their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and emotional needs will…

If Trump seems bad, remember Caligula

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Whatever one makes of the accuracy of the journalist Michael Wolff’s depiction of President Trump, it cannot all be the…

Don’t damn the ancients for failing to give women the vote

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year will be the 100th anniversary of some women over the age of 30 getting the vote, and for…

Regina, a Syrian in South Shields

16 December 2017 9:00 am

D(is) M(anibus) Regina liberta(m) et coniuge(m) Barates Palmyrenus natione Catuallauna an(norum) XXX ‘To the spirits of the dead, and to…

Like Thasos or Naxos in ancient Greece, Brexit Britain must be punished

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Since the EU does not want the UK to leave and will do everything to stop it leaving, it is…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…

Fake news is nothing new — it was de rigueur in ancient Greece

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The liberal media is at the moment engaged in a campaign attacking social media on the grounds that it is…

The wily courtesans who won more respect than modern-day feminists

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Some MPs have been exploiting their power by their sexual fumblings with the lower ranks. The result is that when…