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...
Pompeii in peril as ancient walls collapse
The Italian prime minister has called an emergency meeting this week to address Pompeii’s precarious fate. Who should be in charge of saving this archaeological treasure?
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?
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?