Peter Jones

Army recruiters should follow the Roman example

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Advertisements encouraging men and women to join the army emphasise that their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and emotional needs will…

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…

David Jones, aged 12, with his chemistry set and, right, as ‘potty prof’ Daedalus

Frater, ave atque vale

19 August 2017 9:00 am

As his obituaries pointed out, my brother David made a name for himself with his unrideable bicycle; his ‘perpetual motion’…

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

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,…

Britain’s fight with European law goes back 750 years

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It is no surprise that the laws imposed on the UK by a European parliament in Brussels should so infuriate…

The Treasury’s prophecies vs the Sibyl

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The Treasury has announced that an EU exit ‘could leave households £4,300 a year worse off’. Since that only ‘could’ be…

The Camerons of the ancient world boasted about the tax they paid

16 April 2016 9:00 am

As Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell whinge away about how rich David Cameron’s family is, they might consider that in…