Homer

Homer’s Trojan War epic richly deserves its lavish new BBC adaptation

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Did the Trojan War really take place? The Foreign Secretary certainly thinks so. ‘The Iliad must have happened,’ Boris Johnson…

Painting of Odysseus and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse (1891)

Could the Odyssey have been the work of a woman?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Until recently, it seemed we were living in an age of Iliads. Since 2007, the ancient Homeric epic has been…

Does Prince Harry think he's doing us a favour?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Asked about the monarchy, Prince Harry said his aim was to ‘modernise’ it. Not that any royal wanted to be…

The Siege of Troy (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Blois, 17th century)

A woman’s version of the Trojan War

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Iliad begins with a grudge and ends with a funeral. In between are passages, if not necessarily of boredom,…

Now that's what I call sex: Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ashton Double Bill reviewed

5 March 2016 9:00 am

That joke about the young bull who tells the old bull, ‘Hey, Dad, see all those cows — let’s run…

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…

How consumer habits are subject to the law of unintended consequences

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Some time in the 1960s, a group of people in an advertising agency (among them Llewelyn Thomas, son of Dylan)…

Knockout lemon sorbet: Gelateria Bonaparte

Napoleon's birthplace feels more Italian than French

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Napoleon’s birthplace, Casa Buona-parte, in Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital, is pretty grand. It has high ceilings, generous, silk-lined rooms and a…

Alexander Pope, inventor of celebrity

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘The Picture of the Prime Minister hangs above the Chimney of his own Closet, but I have seen that of…

Stephen King – return of the great storyteller

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel, Mr Mercedes, is dedicated to James M. Cain and described as ‘a riveting suspense thriller’ —…

Looking for the meaning of life? Come to Constantine Phipps' poetic theme park

31 May 2014 9:00 am

A favourite game of mine is to imagine Virgil and Homer today, plying their trade among the supermarkets and office…

If all left-wing academics were as nice as John Sutherland, Taki would tolerate Hush Puppies

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Just before I left Gstaad for the Greek islands I went to dinner at Eugenie Radziwill’s, whose other guests included…

Alexandria, by Peter Stothard - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

This subtle, mournful book is many things. It is a diary of three weeks spent, during the tense winter before…