Ancient and modern

statues slavery

Why stop at destroying statues?

June 17, 2020 11:54 pm

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

autarkeia

How to be self-sufficient

March 19, 2020 1:46 pm

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

impeachment

Ancient Athens would have been horrified by Trump’s impeachment

February 15, 2020 10:57 am

What is democratic about the way we do impeachment?

funerals

Roman funerals had real ‘emotional intelligence’

January 23, 2020 5:46 pm

There was a tradition of preserving death masks of the departed, complete with lists of achievements

tacitus

Tacitus, master of ‘government sources’

November 13, 2019 10:43 am

For the modern journalist, rumor and inside sources, however attractive, often generate only fake news

hair

What could be more repellent than a bald man covered in hair?

October 18, 2019 5:48 pm

Julius Caesar was very sensitive about his baldness, combing his thinning hair upwards over his crown

steve bannon socrates

Socrates vs Steve Bannon

November 22, 2018 11:42 am

What were the students protesting Steve Bannon so afraid of? Plato knew: it was a matter of the difference between the spoken and the written word