Peter Jones

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…

Spectator letters: in defence of gene editing

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Gene genies Sir: ‘The return of eugenics’ (2 April) links a new technology of gene modification to historic dreams of…

Aristophanes’ advice for Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Ukip is on the march, and the F word on the lips of every ashen-faced MP in the House —…

A touch of class

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Class is back in the news, and the BBC’s online do-it-yourself ‘class calculator’ confirms that wealth is the overriding determinant…

The European Empire

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The EU’s decision to ignore its own rules and steal money directly from the pockets of the citizens of Cyprus…

Ancient and modern: The emperor of Egypt

5 February 2011 6:00 am

Romans would have regarded Hosni Mubarak as effectively the emperor of Egypt. But they would not have thought he had played a very intelligent hand.

Ancient and modern

15 January 2011 12:00 am

Last week Geoffrey Wheatcroft speculated whether a regiment of what he called Gay Gordons might not have something to be…

Ancient and modern

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Every year the situation in Afghanistan is reassessed, and every year the conclusion is the same — mixed military progress, but otherwise, zilch.

Classic mistakes

18 December 2010 12:00 am

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

Ancient and modern

27 November 2010 12:00 am

No one yet has the remotest idea what the Big Society actually is.

Ancient and modern

13 November 2010 12:00 am

It was an assumption of much ancient Greek literature that sex between the older male and the young boy was the ultimate experience — for the older male.

Ancient and modern

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Today’s top 15 per cent of earners have been whingeing away at the belts they will have to tighten to deal with the financial crisis. Ancient historians like Livy would not have been impressed. In the Roman republic, crises were life-or-death ones, and it was those who concentrated on the battle and not its rewards (in the shape of often very lavish booty) who won his admiration.

Classic Spooks

16 October 2010 12:00 am

Why would Latin and Greek make you better at spying?