Adam Nicolson’s book on Homer, and why he matters, overflows with power, confidence and the joy of self-discovery
Piranesi’s fantastical furniture designs have at last been realised
Whatever’s killing off our bees, it isn’t touching our society drones: London private members’ clubs are hives of activity
In 64BC, Roman general Pompey annexed a potentially volatile Syria. Then, as now, where Western concerns are paramount, intervention needs to be diplomatic and risk-taking
All flashy shops and gaudy mansions? Think again. Surrey is still Pepys’s ‘old place of delight’.
Peter Stothard’s lifelong ambition was to write a biography of Cleopatra. The charming result says as much about the author as it does about the Egyptian queen