Classics

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…

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015 9:00 am

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to see what the West is doing in the Middle East,…

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…

How Solon would have solved the Greek crisis

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The combination of terror and outrage with which Brussels has greeted Greek Prime Minister Tsipras’s referendum tells us everything we…

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…

Trigger warning: this is an article about the word ‘trigger’

13 June 2015 9:00 am

A notion is going about that, just as readers of film reviews receive spoiler alerts, so readers of anything should…

Pliny the Younger on Fifa

6 June 2015 9:00 am

In any huge enterprise (like Fifa), where does the rot begin? Pliny the Younger mused on this question in a…

The northern powerhouses of ancient Turkey

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Government claims that it will ‘free’ northern cities to turn themselves into ‘powerhouses’. Since most of them are held by…

The ‘start-up cities’ of Ancient Greece

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Honduras wants to establish start-up cities to experiment with alternative economic, regulatory, and legal systems. Could this concept help stop…

Demosthenes vs Michael Fallon

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon’s claim that Ed Miliband, having practised on his brother, would also stab his…

How to vote like Hercules

11 April 2015 9:00 am

To judge from elections, the purpose of politics is to win power by promising to make people better off. Plato,…

The fall of the Roman republic and the rise of Alex Salmond

4 April 2015 8:00 am

Alex Salmond, the ex-first minister who proved incapable of making Scotland independent, has assured the world that he and his…

Harry Mount’s diary: Class war with classicists and wisdom from Brian Sewell

28 March 2015 9:00 am

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article saying classics exams had been…

When Rome’s 99 per cent stood up

28 March 2015 9:00 am

In the UK the richest 1 per cent — 300,000 — of the working population control 23 per cent of…

Allah, Zeus and the Church of England

21 March 2015 9:00 am

A ‘prominent liberal cleric’ in London has held an Islamic prayer service in his church, St John’s Waterloo. ‘We all…

The Green party isn’t nearly tough enough on Ancient Greece

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The Green party’s manifesto appears to make saving the planet only a small element in its otherwise painfully unoriginal agenda.…

Cicero’s advice for Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In responding as they did to the Daily Telegraph ‘sting’, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind may well have done…

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…

Julius Caesar could teach Isis a thing or two

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Isis disseminates videos of beheaded captives to spread simple terror. Julius Caesar knew all about it. In his diaries of…

Syriza could have learned from Aristophanes. Instead it's headed for Greek tragedy

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The German chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her desire for Greece to remain part of the European ‘story’. Since Greeks…

Socrates, Aristophanes and Charlie Hebdo

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What would the ancients have made of Charlie Hebdo? The First Amendment tolerates the expression of opinions, however offensive, but…

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas fish, beasts and birds eat each other, since there is…

What MPs need is an oath with consequences

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Before taking their seats in Parliament, all MPs must swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Mark Durkan, MP…

Aristotle had David Mellor’s number (Andrew Mitchell’s, too)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell and his ‘effing pleb’ of a policeman, David Mellor and his ‘stupid sweaty little shit of a taxi…

Nicky Morgan vs Socrates

29 November 2014 9:00 am

After the Philae space-lab’s triumph, one can see why Education Secretary Nicky Morgan should have hymned the ‘Stem’ subjects (science, technology, engineering…