Peter Jones

Virgil understood the great power of nature

It rapidly becomes clear that farming is no joyride

By Peter Jones

The importance of gossip (according to the ancients)

In his Republic, Plato proposed women should regulate family and sexual affairs

By Peter Jones

Protesting too much

The closer to the voters the people involved in making the laws, the better the chance of their general acceptance

By Peter Jones

How the ancients would eulogize Prince Philip

Though a soldier to the core, as consort he saw clearly where his duty lay

By Peter Jones

Even Ancient Rome battled culture wars

Classical elites were susceptible to fabrications of self-importance

By Peter Jones

The Stoics would have had little sympathy for Meghan

Epictetus argued that mental problems arose from the way you thought about them

By Peter Jones

Cicero knew that we should study the past, not cancel it

The ancients saw no immorality in empire or slavery, the first admirable, the second entirely normal

By Peter Jones


How a Roman emperor would handle Navalny

The emperor took a largely eirenic view of angry mobs

By Peter Jones

What Pliny the Elder and David Attenborough have in common

Pliny looked for a civilizing and harmonious co-operation between the arts of man and the arts of nature

By Peter Jones

How to be ‘liberal’, according to the ancients

The more intelligent student might find Cicero’s ideals rather attractive

By Peter Jones

What would BLM make of Cicero’s views on mutuality?

As Cicero saw, all citizens, of whatever color, have obligations to other citizens, of whatever color

By Peter Jones

The ancient belief in the power of words to protect us

Pliny devoted a lot of time to denigrating all forms of superstition and magic

By Peter Jones

Racism and the destructive power of language

There is a case for saying that racism is the antisocial construct

By Peter Jones

Why stop at destroying statues?

The ancient world was one in which there were laws, but no concept of human rights, or of the sanctity of life

By Peter Jones

How to be self-sufficient

For Aristotle, and eventually Plato too, while personal autarkeia was an ideal, only a city-state could deliver it

By Peter Jones

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