Classics

Aristophanes on Mazher Mahmood

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, otherwise known as the Fake Sheikh, has been accused of dodgy dealing in luring the innocent…

The lesson of Athens: to make people care about politics, give them real power

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Voters explain their apathy about politics on the grounds that the politicians do not understand them. No surprise there, an…

No, Richard Branson, our greatest achievements don’t come from our greatest pain

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Explaining the death of a pilot testing a Virgin Galactic rocket-ship, Sir Richard Branson intoned: ‘I truly believe that humanity’s…

Forget Ukip – what we need is some ostracisms

1 November 2014 9:00 am

For all Nigel Farage’s appealing bluster, he is never going to be in a position to get us out of…

Why the Ancient Greeks thought adultery was worse than rape

25 October 2014 9:00 am

A footballer serves his sentence for rape, insisting on his innocence. Debate rages whether he should play again. To us,…

Hannibal (and Alexander the Great) vs the Islamic State

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the Islamic State hopes ultimately to achieve by its current onslaught on all and sundry in the Middle East,…

Knockout lemon sorbet: Gelateria Bonaparte

Napoleon's birthplace feels more Italian than French

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Napoleon’s birthplace, Casa Buona-parte, in Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital, is pretty grand. It has high ceilings, generous, silk-lined rooms and a…

Spectator letters: In defence of the EU, the Welsh and Mary Wakefield

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has…

Would Alex Salmond give up his job to a heckler? It happened in Athens

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Alex Salmond claims to be thrilled that so many people in Scotland are suddenly gripped by politics. The importance of…

Horace still understands happiness better than the LSE

30 August 2014 9:00 am

So here comes another book about how to be happy, written by Professor Dolan, an ‘internationally renowned expert’ at the…

Why the Ancient Greeks didn’t have middle-aged spread

23 August 2014 9:00 am

A drug has been invented to halt what is known as middle-aged spread. But it would be so much better…

Demosthenes’ lessons in ambition for Boris Johnson

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The ancient Greek word for ‘ambition’ was philotimia: ‘love of high esteem in others’ eyes’. Both Boris and Alex Salmond…

Plutarch on smartphone addiction

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Adults, we are told, as much as children, become gibbering wrecks if deprived of their mobiles or iPhones for more…

Assisted dying? Ancient religion was all for it

12 July 2014 9:00 am

There is something mildly unexpected about religious groups’ hostility to euthanasia. After all, in the ancient world one of the…

Brussels will treat Britain as Macedonia treated Sparta

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The EU is a federation of states (Latin foedus, ‘treaty’, from the same root as fides, ‘trust, good faith’). But…

How ancient Athens beat tax avoidance

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The taxman will soon be ordering those planning dodgy tax avoidance schemes to declare them beforehand and pay the full…

The true gods of football (hint: they don’t work for Fifa)

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The World Cup has started, and the gods of football will be in their heaven for a whole month. Not…

What Julius Caesar would have done about Nigel Farage

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Our politicians are desperately keen to turn the toast of the people, Nigel Farage, into toast himself. But is that…

How the Ancient Greeks did wealth taxes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

After 685 tightly argued pages, the ‘superstar’ economist Thomas Piketty unfolds his master-plan for closing the gap between the rich…

How Plato and Aristotle would have tackled unemployment

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Labour is up in arms because many of the new jobs currently being created are among the self-employed. This seems…

Socrates on Maria Miller

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Our former culture secretary, Maria Miller, is still apparently baffled at the fuss created by her fighting to the last…

Is David Cameron trying to imitate the Delphic Oracle?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Nigel Farage rather missed a trick in his debate over the EU with Nick Clegg. The Prime Minister has promised…

On teaching, St Jerome is with Daisy Christodoulou

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Last week in The Spectator, Daisy Christodoulou argued that, contrary to current educational theory, children learned best via direct instruction…

Cicero would have agreed with Putin

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Last September Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a ‘unipolar’ world, saying that the national revival of Russia was in…

Ancient Rome’s fraudulent foreign students

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Foreign students getting on to courses under false pretences, overstaying their welcome and so on are nothing new. Ask the Romans.…