Ancient greece

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…

How Plato and Aristotle would have tackled unemployment

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Labour is up in arms because many of the new jobs currently being created are among the self-employed. This seems…

Socrates on Maria Miller

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Our former culture secretary, Maria Miller, is still apparently baffled at the fuss created by her fighting to the last…

Is David Cameron trying to imitate the Delphic Oracle?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Nigel Farage rather missed a trick in his debate over the EU with Nick Clegg. The Prime Minister has promised…

Sorry, Rory Stewart, but you don't understand the Greeks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith, was reported to be proposing that we should create in Britain…

Ancient and modern: Modern Egypt vs ancient Athens

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Whatever problems Greeks and Romans faced, a politicised priesthood was not one of them. They might have made three observations…

Ancient and modern: Herodotus on 111

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The NHS 111 line, designed to deal with problems that do not count as emergencies, is in financial and organisational…

Imperial Athens and imperial Brussels

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Last week Matthew Parris argued that Ukip was ‘extremist’ because its supporters thought of the EU’s ‘methods, despotism and oppression…

Aristophanes’ advice for Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Ukip is on the march, and the F word on the lips of every ashen-faced MP in the House —…

The arts, the Ancient Greeks and Maria Miller

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on…

The European Empire

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The EU’s decision to ignore its own rules and steal money directly from the pockets of the citizens of Cyprus…

Piling Pelion on Ossa

13 November 2010 12:00 am

Bettany Hughes is the Nigella Lawson of the classical world — all tumbling raven curls and smoky-voiced seduction, as she takes telly viewers through the greatest hits of the olden days; recent programmes have covered the Spartans, Athens and the Bible.