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The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 AD, and developed a reputation for being the ideal wise leader Plato termed the "philosopher king." Marcus has remained relevant for 1,800 years largely due to his writings collected as "
Sadly, or maybe happily, the classics professor Mary Beard has become a contentious public figure. Just after 9/11, in an article for the London Review of Books, she linked American foreign policy with the terrorist attacks. It was a bold stance at a
Why so serious? asks Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight as he describes how his laughing, drunken father took a knife to his face to create a smile. We don't know whether he's telling the truth, but we do know, immediately and completely, that
If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of
Monday June 04 2012 THE long-haul flight to New Zealand is always a test -- not least the part where you walk past short-legged, champagne-sipping business-class passengers to take up your fetal position in steerage. To be fair, Air New Zealand
Britain's Got Talent will kick off in style tonight but as usual as all the jaw dropping and awe inspiring performers, the ITV show will feature more than it's fair share of the more strange acts over the course of an hour. First up on this evening's
and as I recall it was a cool March night, humid and thick with dew with a heavy moisture in the air, so that the crowds were also sparse and small too -
Three whole years and four Presidential State of the Union addresses already yet, I mean, my good God, how time travels! Blink one eye, and fffft, three years gone and we’re starting a fourth - already yet.