Rome

The plot against the Pope

12 March 2017 9:00

On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting…

The Knights of Malta must understand that they are a religious order – not a country

26 January 2017 12:14

There are some strange goings-on in Rome at the moment. Two of the world’s smallest sovereign states, both headquartered there,…

Are there any useful parallels between the EU referendum and religious history?

25 February 2016 13:35

Niall Ferguson got me thinking about this in his Sunday Times piece, in which he rejected the allure of Brexit…

President Hassan Rouhani needs to get over the shock of the nude

28 January 2016 15:05

Has a new art installation opened up at the Capitoline museum? One might be forgiven for thinking so: nude sculptures were…

So governments can control the weather, but not our borders?

3 December 2015 15:48

Niall Ferguson wrote a piece recently comparing Europe’s situation to that of the Roman Empire during its late, decadent, sexual…

Boris shows a hint of Euroscepticism — but he still can’t beat Mary Beard

20 November 2015 21:02

Thank God for Mary Beard. Sure, she’s wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. She was wrong about 9/11. She’s wrong about plenty.…

Should we revive the Colosseum?

10 November 2014 12:04

It occurs to me that Italy isn’t the best place to live if you’re an architect. Take a walk at…

Review – Invisible Romans, by Robert Knapp

5 March 2013 12:39

It’s tempting to reduce the Roman Empire to a roll call of famous men and their infamous deeds. The Republic…

Lessons in Leadership from the Eurocrisis

15 November 2011 14:00

Paul Krugman has a good paragraph on the euro: [T]his incident exemplified something that was going on all along the…