Ancient and modern

Ukraine vs Sparta

10 May 2014 9:00 am

As rebels, terrorists, fascists, foreign forces, activists, separatists, militants, militias, nationalist groups, Neo-Nazis, Right Sector forces — take your pick — spread…

What Boris and Pericles have in common

3 May 2014 9:00 am

What is Boris’s great secret? Does it lie in the bust of the Athenian statesman Pericles (c. 495–429 bc) that…

Ancient and Modern: a war for ‘human rights’

26 April 2014 9:00 am

What a splendidly liberal leader Mr Putin has turned out to be, desiring nothing other for his fellow Russians than…

MPs should be grateful not to be in ancient Athens

19 April 2014 9:00 am

If the continuing rows over the expenses and lifestyles of certain MPs cast all of them in a bad light,…

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…

Epicurus on particle physics

29 March 2014 9:00 am

According to a top TV scientist, in the beginning there was ‘empty space’ and ‘energy’. After a big bang, the…

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…

What Socrates and Harriet Harman have in common

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Since apologising has recently been all the rage, refusing to apologise, as Harriet Harman has done over the NCCL’s connection…

From Caligula to Yanukovych

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tyrants never learn, do they? From Caligula through Gadaffi to the ex-Ukrainian prime minister Viktor Yanukovych, they rule not to…

Hadrian on the Somerset levels

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Since the Somerset Levels are a flood plain, nature will flood it. Romans had no problems with that. Much of…

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.…

Democritus on the 50p rate

1 February 2014 9:00 am

What a song and dance about a tax rise affecting a minuscule proportion of the richest in society! Greeks would…

Dieting with Hippocrates

25 January 2014 9:00 am

There is, apparently, an ‘obesity epidemic’ in the UK, such that two million people could benefit from weight-loss surgery. Ancient Greeks…

Sorry, Rory Stewart, but you don't understand the Greeks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith, was reported to be proposing that we should create in Britain…

Ancient and modern: Ovid on selfies

11 January 2014 9:00 am

A ‘meme’ is ‘an idea, behaviour, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture, often by mimicry’.…

Why does the year start in January?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The ancients were an inquisitive lot, a characteristic shown to best effect in works like Aristotle’s Problems (‘Why do sex-maniacs’…

While shepherds watched, civilisation was born

14 December 2013 9:00 am

‘And lo, there were shepherds in the fields, watching over their flocks by night…’   Reading recently that it was…

Master charlatans at work

7 December 2013 9:00 am

To watch the Revd Paul Flowers being grilled by the Treasury Select Committee on his role in the demise of…

Barometer: How the new 'third class' would be worse than the Victorian version

30 November 2013 9:00 am

The grim tales of ‘modern slavery’ that are currently emerging across the UK make one wonder whether ancient Roman slavery…

The age of consent according to Aristotle

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Prime Minister Cameron has rejected the proposal that the age of sexual consent be reduced from 16 to 15, arguing…

What are you doing for 'Live like a Stoic' week?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

On 21 November The Spectator is hosting a discussion about addiction — disease or choice? — and how we should…

Grayson Perry thinks democracy has bad taste. Is that why he sells luxury goods to the rich? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Democracy has bad taste’, declared potter Grayson Perry in his Reith Lectures on the BBC about art. Tell that to…

Why did Athenians resort to arbitration by hedgehog? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Since trial by jury is so expensive, government is keen to cut costs on legal aid by ‘alternative dispute resolutions’…