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  1. September 5, 2014

    The cross-gender casting of great Shakespearean characters

    When Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet in Paris in the late 1890s, her performance gave rise to a duel. It’s doubtful whether...

  2. July 4, 2014

    Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s Globe – review

    Julius Caesar is a play that cries out for use of the standing crowd in Shakespeare’s Globe, but Dominic Dromgoole’s dynamic...

  1. The World

    June 27, 2014

    The summit that will go down in history

    (Getty) “There is a tide in the affairs of men “Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” So said Brutus in...

  2. May 19, 2014

    The puzzle of relieving the strain of a migraine

    What did Julius Caesar, Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud have in common? They all suffered from debilitating migraine...

  3. February 3, 2014

    Anti-rhetoric can be the best rhetoric

    Rhetoric can be written as well as spoken. The rules are – with certain exceptions – basically the same. A fine example was...

  4. January 17, 2014

    Obama signals no retreat in robust defence of his spies

    Touted initially as a blueprint for fundamental reform of US intelligence, Barack Obama’s speech turned out to be a robust...

  5. November 12, 2013

    Dead generals are not always the best business advisers

    Military metaphors come naturally to the world of business, with “price wars”, “takeover battles” and “marketing campaigns”....

  6. February 28, 2013

    Cinema reviews: Arbitrage, The Bay, Caesar Must Die and more

    Some movies sound good-to-go-to from the moment you hear of them. Richard Gere back on screen in an upscale...

  7. December 5, 2012

    Julius Caesar, Donmar Warehouse, London

    When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island, he highlighted a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as inspiration....

  8. November 11, 2012

    The Orphan of Zhao, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Even before it opened, Gregory Doran’s production was the subject of controversy. This new version of a story sometimes...

  9. June 8, 2012

    Life of a Cinna

    As dramatic characters go, Cinna the poet has a pretty rough time of it. He makes his entrance in Act Three, Scene III of...

  10. May 26, 2012

    Power-hungry crowd

    The Twelve Caesars, by Matthew Dennison, Atlantic, RRP£20, 400 pages Following in the footsteps of Suetonius, the Roman...

  11. April 15, 2012

    Blueprint for a better society

    Richard Rogers nearly gave up architecture. Or rather it nearly gave up on him. At the start of his career, after completing...

  12. March 2, 2012

    Michael, I’m a huge fan, but…

    Most of the time, politics do not intrude into my working life. Although the UK government, whatever its hue, regularly...

  13. February 19, 2012

    Berlin awards a mix of farce and tragedy

    It is amazing, isn’t it? You leave people in a room for two, three, four hours; you provide them with coffee and sandwiches;...

  14. October 21, 2011

    You Talkin’ To Me?

    We are in the midst of a golden era of popular books on popular usage. Whether on punctuation (Lynne Truss’s 2003...

  15. August 5, 2011

    ‘Herbal medicine is rubbish’

    Gardening might be therapeutic but what about our plants? On the edge of London’s Regent’s Park the question remains of...

  16. August 1, 2011

    Julius Caesar, Park Avenue Armory, NY

    It is fitting on at least one level to see Julius Caesar as the final of five productions brought by the Royal Shakespeare...

  17. July 19, 2011

    Contagion has crossed the Rubicon

    From Mr Stan Trybulski. Sir, Iacta alea est. The die is cast, Julius Caesar remarked as he crossed the Rubicon, that ancient...

  18. May 14, 2011

    Henry VIII’s gift 10 years too late

    From Ms Elizabeth Berner. Sir, “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war”, the line given by Shakespeare to Mark Antony...

  19. February 25, 2011

    Let free enterprise provide solution

    From Dr John Doherty. Sir, The Mediterranean was cleared of pirates by Julius Caesar: crucifixion proving an effective...

  20. January 21, 2011

    Surrey with a fringe on top

    Toni Mascolo’s home includes a chapel and a salon where his wife does the hair of local nuns Italian-born Toni Mascolo OBE...

  21. November 12, 2010

    Known knowns

    George W. Bush’s memoir, out this week, has one clear goal: to right history’s damning view of his presidency. Mission not...

  22. October 22, 2010

    Art for art’s sake grants for luvvies

    George Osborne looks like the sort of chap whose cultural horizons do not extend far beyond Trollope novels and the horsey...

  23. August 20, 2010

    Great dangers attend the rise and fall of great powers

    Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar wanted to have men about him who were fat because lean and hungry men were dangerous. If the...

  24. August 13, 2010

    Reality bites

    Antony and Cleopatra, by Adrian Goldsworthy, Weidenfeld and Nicholson RRP£25, 496 pages Cleopatra: A Biography, by Duane W...

  25. July 24, 2010

    American Caesars

    American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D Roosevelt to George W Bush, by Nigel Hamilton, The Bodley Head...

  26. April 23, 2010

    Outside Edge: It’s all Greek to the bond markets

    It is one of the most clichéd phrases in the English language and, like many others, it comes from Shakespeare. In Julius...

  27. FT Alphaville

    March 15, 2010

    I, Jean-Claudius

    We can’t let the Ides of March go past without at least one Roman-themed post on Monday. Happily, the President of the...

  28. December 3, 2009

    Rebirth of an old-time genius

    Creationists may flail and fulminate, but evolution will always have the last word. Look at the evidence in Me and Orson...

  29. December 2, 2009

    Film releases: December 4

    Showtime: Zac Efron and Claire Danes in Richard Linklater’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’ Creationists may flail and fulminate, but...

  30. November 24, 2009

    The Roman Tragedies

    Toneelgroep Amsterdam's non-stop production of Coriolanus , Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra might have been expected...

  31. November 23, 2009

    The Roman Tragedies, Barbican, London

    Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s non-stop production of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra might have been expected...

  32. November 7, 2009

    Astérix & Obélix’s Birthday

    Astérix & Obélix’s Birthday: The Golden Book By René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, translated by Anthea Bell Orion £10.99, 56...

  33. November 2, 2009

    Lustrum

    Lustrum By Robert Harris Hutchinson £18.99, 464 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19 The annals of ancient Rome offer famously...

  34. June 13, 2009

    Still searching for a French saviour

    From Mr Joseph Tonini. Sir, Jean Charbonnel is quoted as saying “today France needs another Vercingetorix, this time to save...

  35. May 28, 2009

    Julius Caesar

    Mark Antony refers to the dead Brutus at the end of this play as "the noblest Roman of them all", but there is precious...

  36. May 27, 2009

    Julius Caesar, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Mark Antony refers to the dead Brutus at the end of this play as “the noblest Roman of them all”, but there is precious...

  37. May 23, 2009

    Competition answers

    In last week’s magazine we asked readers to identify 100 leaders, past and present, pictured on the cover. No one got a...

  38. April 1, 2009

    Julius Baer buys back troubled Augustus fund

    Julius Baer, the Swiss bank, has bought back its $7.6bn London-based former hedge fund arm just two years after it was spun...

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