Ancient and modern

If Trump seems bad, remember Caligula

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Whatever one makes of the accuracy of the journalist Michael Wolff’s depiction of President Trump, it cannot all be the…

Don’t damn the ancients for failing to give women the vote

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year will be the 100th anniversary of some women over the age of 30 getting the vote, and for…

Regina, a Syrian in South Shields

16 December 2017 9:00 am

D(is) M(anibus) Regina liberta(m) et coniuge(m) Barates Palmyrenus natione Catuallauna an(norum) XXX ‘To the spirits of the dead, and to…

Like Thasos or Naxos in ancient Greece, Brexit Britain must be punished

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Since the EU does not want the UK to leave and will do everything to stop it leaving, it is…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…

Fake news is nothing new — it was de rigeur in ancient Greece

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The liberal media is at the moment engaged in a campaign attacking social media on the grounds that it is…

The wily courtesans who won more respect than modern-day feminists

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Some MPs have been exploiting their power by their sexual fumblings with the lower ranks. The result is that when…

Roman censors

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Students eager to pull down statues and silence debate on topics of which they disapprove — and vice-chancellors who pusillanimously…

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…

Trump and his empire

12 August 2017 9:00 am

All the news emerging from the White House seems to suggest that the USA is in that state so beloved…

Beauty and the beasts

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Doctors have analysed how the mucus of a certain type of slug gives it protection against its being levered off…

Health and personal choice

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

The post-truth is out there

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In a political ‘post-truth’ world, currently the subject of a slew of books, emotions and personal belief are said to…

Power and the middle class

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When the centre disappears, equality vanishes with it

Friends, Romans and Russians

29 April 2017 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin, who still supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria, needs help if he wishes to be seen as a…

Cicero, the lagomaniac

22 April 2017 9:00 am

A year ago, the Danes reached into their groaning cracker barrel and pulled out ‘hygge’ as their own solution to…

Osborne and the Athenians

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

As a result of George Osborne taking up five jobs on top of his role as MP for Tatton, an…

Thucydides on McGuinness

1 April 2017 9:00 am

When Gerry Adams rose to announce at his funeral that Martin McGuinness was no terrorist but a ‘freedom fighter’, the…

Theresa May at the Rubicon

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Last week many commentators drew on the Ides (15th) of March, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BC, to……

How to make the rich love tax

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Now that Philip Hammond is promising yet more tax hikes, he might consider how Athens managed it. During the whole…

Enemies of the people

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

Enemies of the people

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

No mumbling allowed

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In the audience-free world of TV, where ‘acting’ and visuals have become of far greater importance than the actual words,…

No mumbling allowed

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

In the audience-free world of TV, where ‘acting’ and visuals have become of far greater importance than the actual words,…