Ancient greece

Reimaging the lost masterpieces of antiquity

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Martin Gayford visits two new surveys of Greek and Roman sculpture at the British Museum and Palazzo Strozzi. Reimagining what’s lost is as much of an inspiration as what remains

The Green party isn’t nearly tough enough on Ancient Greece

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The Green party’s manifesto appears to make saving the planet only a small element in its otherwise painfully unoriginal agenda.…

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

Cicero’s advice for Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In responding as they did to the Daily Telegraph ‘sting’, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind may well have done…

Today’s TV debates are pointless – here’s the real thing

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Ancients would have been astonished that parties never debate against each other in open, public forum except on the telly…

Syriza could have learned from Aristophanes. Instead it's headed for Greek tragedy

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The German chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her desire for Greece to remain part of the European ‘story’. Since Greeks…

Socrates, Aristophanes and Charlie Hebdo

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What would the ancients have made of Charlie Hebdo? The First Amendment tolerates the expression of opinions, however offensive, but…

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas fish, beasts and birds eat each other, since there is…

What MPs need is an oath with consequences

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Before taking their seats in Parliament, all MPs must swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Mark Durkan, MP…

How the Romans taught Latin (N.M. Gwynne would not approve)

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Barely a week passes without someone complaining about the teaching of English or foreign languages, usually because it involves too…

Aristotle had David Mellor’s number (Andrew Mitchell’s, too)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell and his ‘effing pleb’ of a policeman, David Mellor and his ‘stupid sweaty little shit of a taxi…

Aristophanes on Mazher Mahmood

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, otherwise known as the Fake Sheikh, has been accused of dodgy dealing in luring the innocent…

The lesson of Athens: to make people care about politics, give them real power

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Voters explain their apathy about politics on the grounds that the politicians do not understand them. No surprise there, an…

No, Richard Branson, our greatest achievements don’t come from our greatest pain

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Explaining the death of a pilot testing a Virgin Galactic rocket-ship, Sir Richard Branson intoned: ‘I truly believe that humanity’s…

Why the Ancient Greeks thought adultery was worse than rape

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A footballer serves his sentence for rape, insisting on his innocence. Debate rages whether he should play again. To us,…

Hannibal (and Alexander the Great) vs the Islamic State

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the Islamic State hopes ultimately to achieve by its current onslaught on all and sundry in the Middle East,…

What Aristotle would have made of Brooks Newmark's selfies

11 October 2014 9:00 am

News that the soon-to-be-ex-Tory MP Brooks Newmark has sent pictures of his genitals to a second (presumed female) contact has centred…

Would Alex Salmond give up his job to a heckler? It happened in Athens

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Alex Salmond claims to be thrilled that so many people in Scotland are suddenly gripped by politics. The importance of…

Why the Ancient Greeks didn’t have middle-aged spread

23 August 2014 9:00 am

A drug has been invented to halt what is known as middle-aged spread. But it would be so much better…

Demosthenes’ lessons in ambition for Boris Johnson

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The ancient Greek word for ‘ambition’ was philotimia: ‘love of high esteem in others’ eyes’. Both Boris and Alex Salmond…

Assisted dying? Ancient religion was all for it

12 July 2014 9:00 am

There is something mildly unexpected about religious groups’ hostility to euthanasia. After all, in the ancient world one of the…

Brussels will treat Britain as Macedonia treated Sparta

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The EU is a federation of states (Latin foedus, ‘treaty’, from the same root as fides, ‘trust, good faith’). But…

How ancient Athens beat tax avoidance

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The taxman will soon be ordering those planning dodgy tax avoidance schemes to declare them beforehand and pay the full…

The true gods of football (hint: they don’t work for Fifa)

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The World Cup has started, and the gods of football will be in their heaven for a whole month. Not…

How the Ancient Greeks did wealth taxes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

After 685 tightly argued pages, the ‘superstar’ economist Thomas Piketty unfolds his master-plan for closing the gap between the rich…