Tag: Ancient Rome
Study finds signs that civilisation is ending
After analysing the lifespans of nearly 100 historic empires and their cultures, a Cambridge academic finds common warning signs of impending collapse. Alarmingly, many are evident today.
How to be happy? Live like the ancient Greeks
Should we all live like Stoics? Thinkers like Marcus Aurelius believed that the key to happiness lies in disciplining yourself to handle the best and worst of life with a balanced mind.
Britannia verdict: rubbish history, great TV
Should historical TV shows be accurate? The author of Britannia, which millions will start watching this weekend, says the facts do not matter and he hopes it will enrage...
Trumpian ‘Julius Caesar’ dropped by sponsors
Shakespeare’s play about Ancient Rome has entertained audiences for centuries. But two US firms have pulled their support from a production in New York. Why? Its lead looks a lot like Trump…
Unique ancient wonder at IS militants’ mercy
Islamist militants have seized one of the Middle East’s most prized cultural sites amid Syria’s civil war. How concerned should we be at the desecration of relics from millennia ago?
Total eclipse rekindles ancient cosmic awe
Millions across the world are marvelling at one of the most breathtaking events the sky can produce. But the solar eclipse raises the question: should we celebrate the sun more often?
Ancient gods still worshipped on longest day
Today is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. In ancient times, it was an important festival of the pagan gods. Could it be time to bring a 3,000-year-old tradition back to life?
Balotelli to cast himself as hero in bronze
Mario Balotelli, Italy’s talented football eccentric, has commissioned a bronze statue of himself in a defiant, muscular pose. Do acts like these reveal the sport’s essentially warlike nature?
Ancient Roman insult tips top Tory into trouble
After police claimed he swore at them, Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is fighting to keep his job. It is not the curses that might bring him down, but an ancient insult: ‘pleb’.
Storm of controversy engulfs royal yacht proposal
A politician has proposed that the UK should make a £60 million gift to its Queen. In such tough times, many will disagree, but is there something to be said for extravagance?
Israeli couple name their daughter after Facebook
In search of an original name, a couple have named their daughter 'Like', after a Facebook function. But even less striking names can tell a story of their own.
The unsolved mystery of Rome’s ‘Lost Legion’
Ancient Rome's crack troops, the Ninth Legion, fought all over Europe until they disappeared mysteriously in Britain. Their story intrigues us, but is it true?