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Top Ten Election Winners from the Ancient World

Top Ten Election Winners from the Ancient World

Forget the polls, spin doctors and being 'on messa...

Politicians, People and the Power of Satire

Politicians, People and the Power of Satire

On the morning of 7th January 2015, two Islamist t...

Voting In Ancient Athens

Voting In Ancient Athens

In our world, many of us belong to bodies such as ...

Top Ten Scandals of the Greek and Roman World

Top Ten Scandals of the Greek and Roman World

Duck houses, cash for questions, dodgy donations, ...

How To Win An Election In The Roman Republic

How To Win An Election In The Roman Republic

 

The UK is deep in the grip of e lection fever . Part...

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Corrections

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Corrections

With Camp Half-Blood in serious danger, Annabeth s...

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Whose Empire Is It Anyway?

Was the Roman Empire a beacon of civilisation or a mechanism of exploitation? Did it exist to spread peace, prosperity, and enlightenment? Or was it a ruthless system of robbery with violence to enrich the 1%?

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Vespasian: The Man Who Conquered Britain... Then Rome.

When Emperor Claudius invaded Britain  in 43 CE  he chose a loyal and experienced commander-in-chief for a dangerous mission. And he sensibly took with him in his suite aristocrats who might have been a threat if they had been left behind in Rome. But he put two of his four legions under generals of lower social standing, brothers of courage and talent. One, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, had already commanded the Second Legion, Augusta, in Germany  and had previously served in Thrace.

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Politicians, People and the Power of Satire

On the morning of 7th January 2015, two Islamist terrorists stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French, strongly anti-religious satirical newspaper. Armed with assault rifles and shouting Allahu Akbar ('God is the greatest'), they fired up to 50 shots, killing 11 people and injuring a further 11. It soon became clear that the motive for the attack had been anger at the newspaper's controversial depictions of the prophet Muhammad in several issues over the last decade. The following week saw a wave of retaliatory attacks against Muslims across France and a large rally championing freedom of speech in Paris. A series of related shootings in Denmark in mid-February suggests that, sadly, we can expect the effects of this event to continue for a while yet.

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Voting In Ancient Athens

In our world, many of us belong to bodies such as choral societies or sports clubs, where we vote to elect officers and make decisions, but the voting which we first think of is voting to elect people to represent us in Parliament and local councils.

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How To Win An Election In The Roman Republic

 

The UK is deep in the grip of election fever. Party leaders are touring the country in battle-buses, shaking hands, announcing policies, and chasing photo opportunitiesall in the hope of winning over voters. But what did aspiring politicians need to do to get elected in ancient Rome? To answer this question we first need to understand some of the differences between the Roman political system and our own. While some aspects of campaigning persist across the ages, different systems reward different behaviours. In other words, it took different tactics to win a Roman election than it does a British one.

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Written in the Stars

It may seem strange to modern readers, but one of the great literary sensations of the ancient world was the astronomical poetry of the Hellenistic author Aratus (c 315-before 240). His Phaenomena, a 1154-line poem, describes the constellations and the heavenly spheres, before moving on to the topic of weather signs.

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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Corrections

With Camp Half-Blood in serious danger, Annabeth soon realises that the Golden Fleece is the only entity that can save the poisoned tree of Thalia and protect the demi-gods’ homeland. As the daughter of Athena, goddess of Wisdom, Annabeth’s forethought comes as no surprise, but Percy Jackson’s wits are not nearly as sharp: “you do know the story of Jason and the Argonauts?”, Annabeth asks cautiously. Percy’s response confirms her doubts: “‘Yeah,’ [he] said, ‘that old movie with the clay skeletons’” (SOM, 82).

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