Classics

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1984 by George Orwell audiobook review – a starry cast drive this powerful dramatisation
Tom Hardy, Cynthia Erivo and Andrew Scott conjure menace and melodrama in this 75th-anniversary remake of Orwell’s classic

Fiona Sturges

19, Apr, 2024 @11:00 AM

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes review – wonder lust
From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a thrilling journey in the footsteps of the ancients

Kathryn Hughes

05, Jan, 2024 @7:30 AM

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Emperor of Rome by Mary Beard review – imperial exploits
An enthralling analysis of the wild stories that circulated about Rome’s ruthless rulers

Kathryn Hughes

06, Oct, 2023 @6:30 AM

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The Iliad by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson review – a bravura feat
Six years on from her translation of the Odyssey, Wilson revels in the clarity and emotional clout of Homer’s battlefield epic

Edith Hall

27, Sep, 2023 @6:30 AM

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‘We’re not the first generation to wonder how genuine our leaders are’: Mary Beard on politicians as performers
From Nero to Sunak, leaders have always put on a show for the public. The scholar explores the notorious Roman emperor’s fondness for acting and how the stage became a metaphor for power itself

Mary Beard

23, Sep, 2023 @8:00 AM

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‘The Iliad may be ancient – but it’s not far away’: Emily Wilson on Homer’s blood-soaked epic
Following her acclaimed translation of the Odyssey, Wilson has turned to Homer’s other, darker poem. She explains how she got stuck for six months – and why it speaks to today’s era of conflict

Charlotte Higgins

09, Sep, 2023 @10:00 AM

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‘Somehow I failed to clock her magnificence’: was the world’s first literary hero a woman?
For centuries, Gilgamesh has been thought of as the world’s oldest literary hero – but does that title rightfully belong to the ancient goddess Inanna?

Emily H Wilson

05, Aug, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Ancient texts shed new light on mysterious whale behaviour that ‘captured imagination’
An unusual feeding technique only recently observed by scientists was documented nearly 2,000 years ago, a study suggests

Donna Lu

28, Feb, 2023 @8:00 PM

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Top 10 books about tycoons
From rapacious businessmen to political power brokers, this literature extends from biographies of Cornelius Vanderbilt and Tiny Rowland to novels by Scott Fitzgerald and Preti Taneja

Peter Stothard

23, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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‘It was exciting to create these beastly, huge, grotesque women’: the authors gender-swapping the Greek myths
With its heroic female leads and men who long to be fathers, Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett’s new book looks at modern mores through an ancient lens

Sam Wollaston

07, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Philologist Irene Vallejo: ‘Alexander the Great’s library was the first step towards the internet’
The Spanish writer on how Papyrus, her bestselling history of literature in the ancient world, changed her life at a difficult moment, and why it’s a mistake to undervalue books

John Self

05, Nov, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Joyce Reynolds obituary
Classicist and academic who transformed our understanding of Roman imperial history

Tessa Dunlop

29, Sep, 2022 @4:10 PM

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