Sparta

What kind of empire is China building?

4 August 2021 11:58 pm

As Britain’s small fleet, headed by HMS Queen Elizabeth, cruises towards the South China Sea, there remains a question over…

How to fight a good war

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Serifos   There’s no high life here, only family life, so I’ve been hitting the books about great Greeks of…

The history of Thebes is as mysterious as its Sphinx

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The Spartans were not the only Greeks to die at Thermopylae. On the fateful final morning of the battle, when…

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

The case for bringing back feudalism

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I need it like Boris needs a bleach job. Another birthday, that is. Birthdays tend to make your life…

High life

5 August 2017 9:00 am

I’ve stayed far away from the new barbarians with their choppers, tank-like cars, home theatres on board, and fridge-shaped super…

Harry’s Homer — a humorous history

25 July 2015 9:00 am

It was a certain unforgettable ex-girlfriend, Harry Mount confesses — named only as ‘S’ in his dedication — who came…

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…

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…