Pericles of Athens by Vincent Azoulay translated by Janet Lloyd

May 2015, no. 371

Father of democracy or nepotic would-be tyrant, corrupting the citizens with flattery and handouts? Brilliant orator, fearlessly committed to the truth, or dangerous sophist saying whatever the mob wanted to hear? Effective administrator of a complex and benevolent empire or cruel curtailer of the allies’ liberties? A model of sobriety and chastity or a lecherous ...

Iphigenia among the Taurians by Euripides (translated by Anne Carson)

May 2015, no. 371

Creativity is always an exercise in recycling. Vision comes from revision. In the ancient world, such wisdom was institutionalised; the task of the poet was to powerfully exploit a cultural storehouse of existing plots. Thus the early Greek playwrights reworked the same complex of myths. However, stories are inexhaustible, something that Scheherazade, in another anc ...

On what terms should we interrogate the past? Ancient life can seem essentially unknowable, a place where everything is different, glimpsed only in the words of those who lived then and surviving traces of material culture.

The Cambridge classical scholar Sir Moses Finley argued for an interpretation of ancient life bounded by then current civic and religiou ...

Joining the classics club

Christopher Allen


The Classical Tradition
edited by Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis
Harvard University Press (Inbooks), $69.95 hb, 1088 pp, 9780674035720


Unlike China, whose history similarly goes back ...

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