Horace, Virgil and Varius at the House of Maecenas, in the painting by Charles François Jellabert

Latin: dead or alive?

8 September 2018 9:00 am

A classics teacher’s struggle for survival, by Emma Park

Why I've written my last Latin tattoo

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Cambridge classicist David Butterfield explains how he became a spellchecker for Latin tattoo enthusiasts

Home is where is the hearth is

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Home is where the heart is, but some poor languages have no word for ‘home’. For them, home is where…

Can anything stop the curse of the sequel?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Walking along the Brighton seafront, I was struck by posters advertising endless tribute acts; among them Suspiciously Elvis, the Small…

Honorificabilitudinity: the very tall story of a very long word

13 August 2016 9:00 am

My husband told me with glee that Nicholas Byfield had a great big stone ‘like flint’ in his bladder, weighing…

N.M. Gwynne’s diary: Old names worth dropping

17 October 2015 9:00 am

As I get older (and my 74th birthday is now close), I get deeper and deeper into nostalgia. I do…

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…

Spectator letters: Press regulation, heroic Bulgarians and the case for Scotch on the rocks

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Beyond the law Sir: In your leading article of 28 June you make the point that the hacking trial demonstrates…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…

Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After Zorba the Greek, here comes Horace the Roman. The peasant Zorba, you’ll remember from the film, releases uptight, genteel…

It’s vital that children translate English to Latin at GCSE

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Gove is quite right to suggest we turn English into Latin

Ancient and modern: The art of dying

29 January 2011 6:00 am

So everyone is going to live much longer and will therefore have to work much longer to pay for their pensions. But what is so wrong with dying, Greeks and Romans would ask?

Classic mistakes

18 December 2010 12:00 am

The lazy thinking that kept Latin and Greek out of the national curriculum