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The Roman roots of ‘colony’

The Greeks are better thought of as overseas settlers, often driven by land hunger, starvation, commerce or simply the search for a better life.

By Peter Jones

Education

How would the Romans have defined Meghan Markle?

They took the view that all human beings were personally accountable for their actions and fully responsible for the outcomes

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Education

Augustus and a lesson in self-publicity

Augustus ruled the Roman empire from 27 BC to AD 14 and was the longest serving of the roughly seventy emperors of the Western empire

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Education

How the ancients treated gout

Medical problems come and go in the media, and at the moment the flavor of the month appears to be gout

By Peter Jones

Education

The true birth of communism

For Aristophanes, communism was one long, uproarious joke

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Culture

The ancient Greek ship that was too big for any harbor

The Syracusia was constructed out of enough material to build sixty triremes

By Peter Jones

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’

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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

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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

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Sports

Could Emma Raducanu be the new Marcus Rashford?

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

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