BBC2’s Civilisations seems unable to decide what civilisation is

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The presenters of the BBC 2 programme on civilisations seem unable to decide what civilisation is. Socrates would therefore wonder…

Do Daniel C. Dennett's memes deserve to survive?

4 March 2017 9:00 am

The greatest of Bach’s 224 cantatas is BWV 109, ‘Ich glaube, lieber Herr, hilf meinem Unglauben’. Its subject — the…

A good man at the 1970s BBC

4 June 2016 9:00 am

When I saw this book, a biography of Huw Wheldon, who was managing director of BBC Television between 1968 and…

Charles Moore’s notes: A warning from Prince Charles’s lost speech

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Two beautiful volumes in a cloth-bound case reach me. They are Speeches and Articles by HRH The Prince of Wales…

Andrew Marr's diary: Ruins on Crete and a spat with Alex Salmond

19 April 2014 9:00 am

A week away in Crete: I’ve come for the archaeology and culture — little patches of Minos, ancient Greece, Byzantium and…

A negative outlook

26 February 2011 12:00 am

Western civilisation may have dominated the world for centuries, but from the start of the new millennium the dynamics have shifted east. Sam Leith investigates

You can go home again

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands, by Aatish Taseer

The romance of the jungle

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

Rome on the skids

18 March 2009 12:00 am

The Fall of the West: The Death of the Roman Superpower, by Adrian Goldsworthy The Ruin of the Roman Empire, by James O’Donnell