Romans

Roman entertainment was far more exploitative than Jeremy Kyle

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The Romans were as aware as Jeremy Kyle was of the pleasure that people could get from situations in which…

When William I’s bloody conquest came to an end, it was his coronation in London, on Christmas Day 1066, that sealed it

What did the Romans ever do for London?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

When Bishop Guy of Amiens looked across the Channel in the 11th century he saw ‘teeming London [which] shines bright.…

The defeat of Boudica is believed to have been fought on Watling Street

The Roman road that came to define Britain

17 November 2018 9:00 am

All roads lead to Rome, the saying goes. Well, all roads except for the Roman road of Watling Street, which…

The ancients and a matter of life and death

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Before he died, the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, reassured his diocese that he was ‘at peace and…

How MPs can shut the people up for good

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In the eyes of the bien-pensants, the election of Donald Trump and the vote on Brexit have brought democracy to…

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…

The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

Detail from Gundestrup cauldron, 100 BC–AD 1

The British Museum's Celtic masterpieces aren't Celtic - but they are fabulous

26 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Celtic’ is a word heavily charged with meanings. It refers, among other phenomena, to a football club, a group of…

Lessons for Red Len

23 May 2015 9:00 am

With Len McCluskey, general secretary of the union Unite, keen to ensure ‘his’ members choose the next Labour leader, and…

Hadrian’s advice for a new Defence Secretary

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Michael Fallon, the new Defence Secretary, is a classicist by training. What lessons, if any, might he take from his…

Ancient and modern

11 December 2010 12:00 am

There is no point in Mr Cameron snooping into how happy we are unless he believes government can do something about it.