Rome

From Octavian To Augustus

Jochen Bleichen's biography of the Emperor is monumental but highly readable

Cento Ground

The cento is a sophisticated and demanding poetic form — and best suited to schoolboyish ends

Overrated: Marcus Brutus

How much truth is there in the myth of the "noblest Roman"?

The Decline and Fall Industry

Could anxiety over the future of the West be behind the publication of so many books on the fall of the Roman Empire?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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