Ancient Rome

The Romans liked a stylish death

20 October 2018 9:00 am

World Mental Health day raised again the issue of suicide, still regarded as happening only among those ‘whose balance of…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

Still life: ‘A Kiss’, 1891, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The Victorian painter who shaped cinema

9 September 2017 9:00 am

On 15 September 1888 Vincent van Gogh was intrigued to read an account of an up-to-date artist’s house in the…

The Nero in Donald Trump

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump, whose word no one can believe and actions no one can anticipate, looks to blame anyone but himself…

Vladimir Putin should look to ancient Rome for tips on building an empire

29 April 2017 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin, who still supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria, needs help if he wishes to be seen as a…

An early super yacht supplied with prostitutes: an artist’s impression of Caligula’s royal barge, 18th century

The allure of shipwrecks

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Daisy Dunn investigates the allure of shipwrecks – from Caligula to Damien Hirst

What it really means to cross the Rubicon (Theresa May’s about to do it)

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Last week many commentators drew on the Ides (15th) of March, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BC, to…

Justin Welby is the victim of some very old-fashioned dirty tricks

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many are still questioning the enthusiasm with which newspapers have implicated Archbishop Justin Welby, as a young man, in the…

Donald Trump could be America’s Nero — if we’re lucky

4 February 2017 9:00 am

A Washington Post interview with ‘senior officials’ in the Trump White House reveals that ‘Trump… feels demoralised that the public’s…

‘The Judgement of Paris’, 1933, by William Roberts

When the world falls apart, you go back to the start: Classicism in British Art reviewed

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The catalogue to Pallant House Gallery’s latest exhibition features a favourite anecdote. It is 1924 and a competition is being…

Ancient Rome comes to the City of London

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Roma sells ancient-Roman-style food near Fenchurch Street station at the east end of the City, near Aldgate. It is, therefore,…

David Hockney and Martin Gayford on how pictures literally emerged from the shadows

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In an edited extract from their new book, David Hockney and Martin Gayford discuss how pictures emerged from the shadows

Advice for Jeremy Corbyn from the emperor Augustus

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of the Labour party not by MPs but by his teenage ‘fans’ in Momentum.…

The Romans got it right on immigration

1 October 2016 9:00 am

As the UK prepares for Brexit into the big wide world outside, it has been pointed out that the Foreign…

Ancient Rome’s scandalous special advisers

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May has brought her own advisers with her into No. 10, and as usual the knives are out for…

Why a Roman might have intervened to help the Brits in India

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Because no country can interfere in another’s legal system, there is little the UK can do to help the six…

Post-Brexit Britain should copy the Roman empire’s border policy

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Whether the EU commission knows what is good for it or not — always a tricky call — post-Brexit Britain…

Sophocles vs the luvvie Remainers

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Is the Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith, who longs to reverse the obviously undemocratic outcome of the recent referendum, aware…

Brutus: the Steve Hilton of ancient Rome

2 July 2016 9:00 am

A traitor to one man is a hero to another. So debate rages around the role of David Cameron’s old…

Cicero’s Brexit moment

25 June 2016 8:00 am

If Remain has won, for all the political and financial flurries, it will be business as usual for us plebs.…

Making a stand: Archibald Leitch’s drawing for Goodison Park

From mass spectatorship to mass murder: a history of stadiums

25 June 2016 8:00 am

When it comes to mass spectatorship, we’re still living in the world the Romans made. Tom Wilkinson on the history of stadiums

Why the Roman empire worked – and the EU empire doesn’t

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The principle of countries working harmoniously together is wholly admirable. Why, then, has the European Union become such a disaster area?…