Ancient History

The Ancient Greek orator, philanderer, drunk, traitor and hero would have felt at home in modern politics

There is something uncanny about the story of Justinian

The story of the Middle East cannot be explained without religion

Emperors existed at the intersection of many seeming incompatibilities

The personal differences between Caesar and Cato mattered

Alex Rowson treats us to glimmering passages of life at Philip II’s court

Stephen Kershaw may have taken accessibility too far in his classical account

Kevin Lygo’s ‘The Emperors of Byzantium’ revives the dynastic, top-down history deemed passé by academics

Beard emerges with a portrait of the emperors’ afterlives as vivid as the busts themselves