Classics

Roman plebs would have known how to tackle Corbyn’s cabal

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to take serious action against Labour’s anti-Semitic members is no surprise: Marxists know who their friends are.…

How Aristotle would hire civil servants

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The civil service is to be allowed to find out what job applicants’ ‘socio-economic background’ is. What abject drivel is…

The best guide to being an EU politician – from 1,900 years ago

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Boris Johnson argues that the current European Union is yet another failed attempt to replicate the golden age of a…

On immigration, are we doing as the Romans did?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Last week it was suggested that the questions asked of London mayor Sadiq Khan had nothing to do with racism,…

Romans, racism and Sadiq Khan

14 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Racism’ refers to the belief in racially determined inferiority, most often recognised in body-type, about which, by definition, nothing can…

Elephants are special – the Romans knew it too

7 May 2016 9:00 am

In order to deter poachers, hundreds of tons of elephants’ tusks are being incinerated in Kenya. But even for Romans,…

Meet the Donald Trump of ancient Athens (he won)

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Why does the Republican party loathe Donald Trump? Because Trump is the ultimate loose cannon, beholden to no one. And…

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…

Jean-Claude Juncker speaks to Britain like a Roman emperor

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU Commission, made a typically brilliant intervention in the EU referendum debate by arguing that…

Ancient Roman advice on how to deal with bouncers

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The papers are full of top stories about important people who cannot get into important parties because the doorman does…

In defence of discrimination

6 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron has accused universities of being xenophobic, racist and prejudiced against the poor. He is too much of a…

Some 2,000-year-old teaching tips for Oxford’s new vice-chancellor

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s new vice-chancellor, is worried about a new government plan to judge teaching quality. Her reason is…

For a true moral lesson, Rugby School, get your pupils drunk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Rugby and Ampleforth schools have decided to give their charges experience of sensible drinking by introducing a little alcohol, under…

How ancient Athens handled immigrants

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Among all the arguments about how many non-EU immigrants we should let in, campaigners are proposing a scheme for private…

The fall of the Roman republic – and the rise of the EU

29 October 2015 9:00 am

As both sides of the great EU debate line up their forces, it is worth reflecting on the implications of…

Jeremy Corbyn and Pericles: spot the difference

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Whatever else one can say about Jeremy Corbyn, one thing is clear: he is a leader who does not believe…

Adventures on the isle that seduced Odysseus

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Gozo — Malta’s tiny island neighbour — was once rather a crucial spot in the Mediterranean. The Knights of Malta…

Socrates and Galen on the Great British Bake Off

17 October 2015 8:00 am

As the national girth expands by the second, Auntie, never backward about lecturing us on the topic, continues to glory…

John McDonnell’s true economic guru: the emperor Nero

10 October 2015 9:00 am

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor in the Corbynite splinter-group, has announced that £120 billion is waiting to be reclaimed from tax…

How ancient Rome turned immigrants into citizens

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the migration crisis, the EU is currently acting just like the ancients, as if border controls did not exist,…

Jeremy Corbyn and what a real plebeian revolt looks like

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Last week, guru Corbyn was invited to reflect on the 2,500-year-old Roman origins of the republicanism to which he is…

How to tell if Jeremy Corbyn is a proper republican

29 August 2015 9:00 am

True to his antique, bearded ideology, guru Corbyn is a ‘republican’, a form of government invented 2,500 years ago. ‘Republic’…

Tips for Boris from imperial Rome

15 August 2015 9:00 am

While the Labour party rakes over its past in an effort to find a policy for its future, the commentators…

Does Labour need a new name? Let’s ask Plato

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In order to make a sensible choice of new leader, the Labour party is trying to work out what its…

Even Nazis weren’t quite sure how to do the Hitler salute

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gesture politics A royal home movie from 1933 apparently showed the future Queen, aged seven, and her mother giving a…