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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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Prince Charles’s dilemma

Charles, Prince of Wales, is having a little trouble with his son Harry

By 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

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