Rep. Kevin McCarthy leaves a House Republican Conference meeting at the US Capitol on Dec. 5, 2023.
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Kevin McCarthy, the only speaker of the House to be ousted, has quit Congress. The ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as Shakespeare, understood the price of ambition like McCarthy’s: humiliation.
Nos Galan Gaeaf on October 31 is followed by Calan Gaeaf on November 1 in Wales.
Nos Galan Gaeaf on October 31 in Wales is steeped in folklore and tradition.
Cleopatra (centre) is played by a black actress, Adele James, in the new Netflix docudrama series.
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The ethnicity outcry says more about today’s preoccupations with race than ancient Egypt’s.
There are lots of official photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin shirtless, including this one from August 2017.
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A leader’s machismo can lead to war, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has long displayed his version of hyper-masculinity. A historian says that for America’s founders, wars never fed their egos.
Cicero’s public and private correspondence provides a detailed look at political life in Rome.
Although he privately disapproved of Caesar’s power, Cicero publicly supported him and Cicero also directly contributed to the end of the Roman Republic and the reign of Caesar’s nephew Augustus.
Julius Caesar STC credit Daniel Boud.
262 Geraldine Hakewill and Ewen Leslie in Sydney Theatre Company’s Julius Caesar, 2021. Photo: Daniel Boud
Kip Williams’ modern telling of Julius Caesar asks us to consider just how political stories are told, re-told, and told again.
How on earth did an obscure Roman social practice end up lending its name to a modern psychedelic?
The death of Caesar.
New research suggests ancient climate change shaped the fate of western civilisation.
Marc Antony, left, offers Julius Caesar a crown; Caesar refuses.
With much public discussion of President Donald Trump as, potentially, a king, a scholar of Roman history and rhetoric sees 2,000-year-old parallels.
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Even though they were a product of apartheid’s propaganda broadcasting machine, Zulu language radio dramas proved subversively powerful by reflecting communal black life and creating new stars.
Daenerys Targaryen as portrayed by actress Emilia Clarke.
Although the universe of “Game of Thrones” evokes the medieval era, several key figures in the series are directly inspired by characters from Roman antiquity.
U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Topeka, Kan., Oct. 6, 2018.
US law says the president can’t be indicted, an echo of ancient Roman law. The efforts Roman leader Julius Caesar made to maintain his immunity is a cautionary tale for America’s political system.
Without the scientific knowledge we have today, ancient cultures turned to myths and legends to understand celestial objects.
Detail from the Roman-era Sousse Mosaic Calendar, El Jem, Tunisia.
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If you’ve ever wondered why our 12-month year ends with names that mean the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months, you can blame the Romans.
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At Ebbsfleet, in northeast Kent, archaeologists have finally uncovered the site where Julius Caesar’s fleet landed in 54BC.
Gregg Henry portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Caesar in the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ in New York City.
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Some have denounced the New York Public Theater for encouraging violence against President Trump. But the play does just the opposite, warning of the pitfalls of political assassination.
Malcolm Turnbull is now more circumspect when it comes to the matter of an Australian republic.
For Australians to vote in favour of a republic, it may require something more than just crossing out ‘governor-general’ in the Constitution and writing in ‘president’.
But did it change history?
Assassination has never changed the history of the world. The speaker was Benjamin Disraeli; the occasion, his address to parliament following the murder of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865…