Perceptions about coronavirus "only killing old people" highlight the ageist way we sometimes refer to death and dying. Greek myth shows this isn't new and ancient plays laid out the distinction.
Detail from Raphael rooms in Vatican museum.
Ancient Greek philosophers including Plato likened civic leaders to doctors, creating a healthy society through balance and moderation. Those ideas feed into what we expect from leaders today.
Pericles Funeral Oration on the Greek 50 Drachmai 1955 Banknote.
Thucydides’ description of the plague that struck Athens in 430 BC is one of the great passages of Greek literature. It focusses on the social response, both of those who died and those who survived.
Heroes and heroines of Classical Greek tragedy used to get all the glory. Today scholars, and theatre and film directors are looking to what the minor players can tell us about the zeitgeist.
Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony in Harare, 2008. The former Zimbabwean president has died aged 95.
Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
A scene from playwright Roy Williams’ modern adaptation of Antigone for the Pilot Theatre.
Flickr/Robert Day photo
A play written in the fifth century B.C. mirrors America's current disunion: Political and moral views are framed in terms of a fight between patriot and traitor, law and conscience, and chaos and order.