Ancient greece

There were no safe spaces at the dawn of democracy

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Brilliant Oxford undergraduates argue that it is right to prevent us saying things they object to, because speech they do…

What Pericles knew that David Cameron doesn’t

5 March 2016 9:00 am

It does seem extraordinary that the increasingly puce-faced Mr Cameron offered us an ‘in-out’ referendum and is now telling us…

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…

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…

'Lion Hunt', 1861, by Eugène Delacroix

Galleries are getting bigger - but is there enough good art to put in them?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford recommends the exhibitions to see — and to avoid — over the coming year

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…

Standing figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD and Seated figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD

Egypt: where gods are born and go to die

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Tom Holland on Egypt, where the deities were born and history itself began

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…

Adventures on the isle that seduced Odysseus

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Gozo — Malta’s tiny island neighbour — was once rather a crucial spot in the Mediterranean. The Knights of Malta…

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…

The Globe's Oresteia lets Aeschylus speak - the Almeida's muzzles him

19 September 2015 8:00 am

To examine an ancient text requires an understanding of the ancient imagination. The Oresteia is set in a primitive world…

Finally James Delingpole gets why women are so angry

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Finally I realise why women are so pissed off. It all goes back to the first codified laws — circa…

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…

Harry’s Homer — a humorous history

25 July 2015 9:00 am

It was a certain unforgettable ex-girlfriend, Harry Mount confesses — named only as ‘S’ in his dedication — who came…

Alexis Tsipras is just doing what an ancient Athenian would

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The EU finds it difficult to understand what drives the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Quite simply, he is a…

How Solon would have solved the Greek crisis

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The combination of terror and outrage with which Brussels has greeted Greek Prime Minister Tsipras’s referendum tells us everything we…

Why Hesiod would have gone for Grexit

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why do Greeks want to keep the euro, or remain in the European Union? The combative, creative, competitive, mercantile classical…

What Aristotle would have made of Cambridge’s Lego-sponsored professor

20 June 2015 9:00 am

So Cambridge University has accepted £4 million from the makers of Lego (snort) to fund a Lego chair (Argos sells…

Pliny the Younger on Fifa

6 June 2015 9:00 am

In any huge enterprise (like Fifa), where does the rot begin? Pliny the Younger mused on this question in a…

The northern powerhouses of ancient Turkey

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Government claims that it will ‘free’ northern cities to turn themselves into ‘powerhouses’. Since most of them are held by…

Athenians didn’t need coalition negotiations. We should learn from them

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Whatever the result of the election, it has become clearer by the day that our ‘democracy’ is run by politicians…

The ‘start-up cities’ of Ancient Greece

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Honduras wants to establish start-up cities to experiment with alternative economic, regulatory, and legal systems. Could this concept help stop…

Demosthenes vs Michael Fallon

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon’s claim that Ed Miliband, having practised on his brother, would also stab his…

How to vote like Hercules

11 April 2015 9:00 am

To judge from elections, the purpose of politics is to win power by promising to make people better off. Plato,…