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Education

What makes a ‘just’ war?

By acting justly, Cicero concluded, ‘our government could be called more accurately a protectorate of the world rather than an empire’

By Peter Jones

Education

Does Putin pass Aristotle’s tyrant test?

Seeing the turannos as a deviant type of king, Aristotle tested the distinction under four headings

By Peter Jones

Education

Was Penelope really a ‘silenced’ woman?

She stands up to her suitors and they admire her trick to delay her marriage

By Peter Jones

Education

Is Latin worth learning?

A Princeton professor wants Classics to disappear because it has been used as a justification for slavery, colonialism and fascism

By Peter Jones

Internet

Twitter has taken the place of the ancient curse-tablet

The mentality of the ancient curse-tablet lives on

By Peter Jones

Culture

Plato and the attempt to ‘decolonize’ Shakespeare

The Globe Theatre in London has launched a project to do just that

By Peter Jones

How the ancients handled refugees

In the ancient world, movements of people were also very common, often because war, famine or exile left them with no option

By Peter Jones

What James Bond and Aristophanes have in common

They revel in exotic mises-en-scène and absurd plots

By Peter Jones

Sports

Could Emma Raducanu be the new Marcus Rashford?

Gladiatorial games and chariot-races provided opportunities for the plebs to display their feelings

By Peter Jones

The Romans would not have made the same mistakes in Afghanistan

Tacitus made the Caledonian leader Calgacus remark that Romans ‘make a desert and call it peace’

By Peter Jones

Simone Biles, Plutarch and an Olympic trial

The gymnast displayed a self-awareness in line with the Delphic maxims

By Peter Jones

Sports

The Greeks had their reservations about the Olympics

Aristotle said that ‘the athlete’s habit of body does not produce a good condition for the general purposes of life’

By Peter Jones

What the Romans would have made of Diana’s statue

For Romans, in contrast to Greeks, likeness was of the highest importance

By Peter Jones

Tacitus and the hypocrisy of cancel culture

Vitriolic pamphlets directed against Augustus were initially met with written rebuttals

By Peter Jones

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