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    1. November 11, 2014

      Miners priced at near-death experience with gold at a landmark

      When Romans bribed pirates they turned to the only universally agreed measure of value: gold. A similar approach is taken by...

    2. October 19, 2014

      Sir Andrew Likierman of London Business School on good leaders

      Are you a successful leader? How would you know? Probably even more importantly, how would others know? These are questions...

    1. October 10, 2014

      Henry IV, Donmar Warehouse, London – review

      Which Henry IV, you might ask? Part I or Part II? The answer is neither and both. Director Phyllida Lloyd condenses the two...

    2. October 3, 2014

      ‘Henry IV’, Donmar Warehouse, London

      Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar in 2012 was a revelation, shedding new light on a great Shakespeare play. Now she...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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”....

    10. 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...

    11. 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....

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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;...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. August 13, 2010

      Reality bites

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

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. November 24, 2009

      The Roman Tragedies

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

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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