Pericles

Statue of Socrates at the Academy of Athens

Socrates the romantic hero?

30 March 2019 9:00 am

If western philosophy is no more than ‘footnotes to Plato’, so, arguably, is the myth of its founding hero, Socrates.…

Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’ – with no result in sight

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’. He received an obscure prize last year for his ‘work for disarmament…

From Cicero to Castro: history’s greatest orators

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Complaints about the decline and fall of political oratory are nothing new. Back in 1865 a British reporter branded the…

Who'd join a club that punishes you for leaving?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The hopelessness of the EU is well demonstrated by the current rhetoric issuing from its inner chambers: that Britain must…

There were no safe spaces at the dawn of democracy

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Brilliant Oxford undergraduates argue that it is right to prevent us saying things they object to, because speech they do…

What Pericles knew that David Cameron doesn’t

5 March 2016 9:00 am

It does seem extraordinary that the increasingly puce-faced Mr Cameron offered us an ‘in-out’ referendum and is now telling us…

Alexis Tsipras is just doing what an ancient Athenian would

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The EU finds it difficult to understand what drives the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Quite simply, he is a…

Why Hesiod would have gone for Grexit

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Why do Greeks want to keep the euro, or remain in the European Union? The combative, creative, competitive, mercantile classical…

Putting Greece on a sound footing is like cleaning out the Augean Stables

13 June 2015 9:00 am

There’s nothing to add to Martin Vander Weyer’s item about Hellas of two weeks ago in these here pages except…

Boris Johnson on his plans for the Olympic Park: inspired or whimsical?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Jack Wakefield on the Mayor’s ambitious, not to say whimsical, vision for the Olympic Park

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

Today’s TV debates are pointless – here’s the real thing

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Ancients would have been astonished that parties never debate against each other in open, public forum except on the telly…

The lesson of Athens: to make people care about politics, give them real power

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Voters explain their apathy about politics on the grounds that the politicians do not understand them. No surprise there, an…

Demosthenes’ lessons in ambition for Boris Johnson

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The ancient Greek word for ‘ambition’ was philotimia: ‘love of high esteem in others’ eyes’. Both Boris and Alex Salmond…

What Boris and Pericles have in common

3 May 2014 9:00 am

What is Boris’s great secret? Does it lie in the bust of the Athenian statesman Pericles (c. 495–429 bc) that…