Ancient and modern

Plutarch's advice for the Tory leadership candidates

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The MPs wishing to replace Theresa May as prime minister have policies — but do they know what their electorate…

Roman entertainment was far more exploitative than Jeremy Kyle

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The Romans were as aware as Jeremy Kyle was of the pleasure that people could get from situations in which…

How the ancients kept their minds young

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In her cover story last week, Camilla Cavendish argued that we could keep mentally fit in old age through ‘physical…

Like Theresa May, Claudius struggled to know who to trust

11 May 2019 9:00 am

After the sacking of Gavin Williamson, a former No. 10 insider said of Theresa May: ‘One of Theresa’s big faults is…

Lessons from the Greeks on rebuilding Notre Dame

4 May 2019 9:00 am

As soon as the blaze that nearly brought down Notre Dame was extinguished, two questions were asked: how did it…

Celsus, St Peter and the curiosities of Christianity

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Last week Tom Holland reflected on the ‘utter strangeness’ of Christianity’s claim that Christ’s death on the cross was a…

Marriage is becoming more like it was before Christianity

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The Christian church ordained that marriage, a sacrament imparting divine grace, was for life. In 1857, the state enacted its…

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What would Jon Snow have said about the Athenian assembly?

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow announced at a recent ‘Leave’ rally that he had never seen so many white…

Can ancient Greek comedians tell us how to leave the EU?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Since comedians these days seem to be the authorities on all matters spiritual and temporal (puts on funny voice, knife-crime…

The fake names on the Remain petition are nothing new

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The petition calling on the UK to remain in the EU has garnered 8,000 votes from Jacob Rees-Mogg and 700…

Unlike MPs, Cicero understood the meaning of sovereignty

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The problem with Brexit is that parliament is not designed to do what the people have commanded it to. MPs…

As the Romans knew, eternal life is hopeless without eternal youth

14 March 2019 9:00 am

A research professor has pointed out that lengthening human lifespan threatens to turn us into living zombies unless we can…

Can you really teach students to solve knife crime?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Next year the London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) will offer one degree, in design, technology and the humanities, to teach students…

The aim of the Games

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The Olympic Committee has added surfing, skateboarding and break-dancing to the events for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.…

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May needs to get dramatic over Brexit – and fast

23 February 2019 9:00 am

It is becoming clearer by the day that Mrs May was right not to consult her colleagues, let alone the…

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How to get away with being a tyrant

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Last week, in an effort to understand what that left-wing hero Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela, must be suffering, Hieron,…

Poor old Nicolás Maduro

9 February 2019 9:00 am

However much he is heroised by left-wingers, the Venezuelan ‘tyrant’ Nicolás Maduro must wonder what is in it for him.…

Sick of award ceremonies? So were the ancients

2 February 2019 9:00 am

All over the world, from Armenia (the Silver Apricot) to India (the Golden Conch) and the UK (the Shaftas, honest),…

The rejection of the people’s mandate – then and now

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling may be quite right (not words one often reads) to warn that failure to deliver…

Those tempted to turn over a new leaf this year should remember Aesop’s fables

12 January 2019 9:00 am

At this time of year the media urge us all to turn over a new leaf and believe that we…

How the year began

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Why are our years structured as they are? Censorinus in his de die natali (‘Birthday Book’) for his chum Caerellius…

What would Jesus’s childhood have been like? 

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Around 1 ad a 14-year-old Jewish Arab girl called Maryam, almost certainly in Nazareth in Galilee, gave birth to a…

Socrates vs Steve Bannon

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The country’s champions of free speech — the police — were recently out in force to ensure that the alt-right…

Call the polis

17 November 2018 9:00 am

If Brussels is willing to offer the British Parliament only a dog’s Brexit, that should tell Parliament everything it needs…

Doctors and death

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The Royal College of Physicians has suggested that doctors should learn to talk to patients about death. But talk about…