Paul Stephenson is the author of The Serpent Column: a cultural biography, which explores the history of a bronze sculpture through 2,500 years. His next book is New Rome. The Roman Empire in the East, AD 395-c. 700, forthcoming with Profile and Harvard University Press.
A mob vandalises Trinity College – and the college authorities and police look away.
A S H Smyth pays a visit to one of his favourite places in Colombo