Gentle genius

7 October 2023 9:00 am

Dissatisfied with his unfinished epic, the dying Vergil called for his scrolls to be burned, but was fortunately overruled by the Emperor Augustus

A translator’s responsibilities are as formidable as a transplant surgeon’s

17 September 2022 9:00 am

When asked what it is we do, translators often resort to metaphors. We liken the act of translation to performing…

The power of prayerful washing-up

16 July 2022 9:00 am

My days pass largely in a state of inanition. The fit and able-bodied express their sympathy, claiming it’s much the…

The timeless appeal of Latin

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The government’s promise to fund a pilot scheme promoting the teaching of Latin in secondary schools is music to the…

Letters: The uncivil service

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Uncivil service Sir: The elephant in the room in the handling of the pandemic (‘A tragedy of errors’, 29 May)…

What would it mean to ‘decolonise’ the Classics?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Can the Classics escape the grip of their past?

What’s the difference between ‘scaffold’ and ‘scaffolding’?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Whenever I turned on the news last weekend, my husband took to humming the March to the Scaffold from the…

N.M. Gwynne’s diary: Old names worth dropping

17 October 2015 9:00 am

As I get older (and my 74th birthday is now close), I get deeper and deeper into nostalgia. I do…

How the Romans taught Latin (N.M. Gwynne would not approve)

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Barely a week passes without someone complaining about the teaching of English or foreign languages, usually because it involves too…

Spectator letters: Press regulation, heroic Bulgarians and the case for Scotch on the rocks

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Beyond the law Sir: In your leading article of 28 June you make the point that the hacking trial demonstrates…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…

Horace and Me, by Harry Eyres - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After Zorba the Greek, here comes Horace the Roman. The peasant Zorba, you’ll remember from the film, releases uptight, genteel…