John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill reminds us that governments and the courts must never be allowed to criminalise matters of belief or opinion.
The Golden Age of Carausius
A Roman commander facing court martial took refuge in politics, and for ten years London was an imperial capital.
The ancient Greek King knew victory had cost his army more than it could afford to lose.
The Rewards of Treachery
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero warns those who seek power through civic unrest that they will never be the beneficiaries of it.
St Helen Finds the True Cross
Based on ‘Elene’ by
The mother of the Roman Emperor goes to Jerusalem on a quest close to her heart.
Xerxes Scourges the Hellespont
The Persian King felt that a lord of his majesty should not have to take any nonsense from an overgrown river.
British sympathy for Roman imperial progress evaporated when officials began asset-stripping the country.
St George the Triumphant Martyr
One of the Emperor Galerius’s most trusted generals openly defied him.
‘Stand out of my Sunshine!’
Alexander the Great dropped a hint to his sycophantic entourage.
In the populist democracy of 5th-century BC Athens, heroes fell as quickly as they rose.
Pericles and the Fickle Public of Athens
The leader of 5th-century BC Athens lavished public money on the city and its adoring citizens.
The Battle of Marathon
Remembered as the inspiration of the famous Olympic road race, but much more important than that.
The Last Days of Socrates
Socrates was placed on death row while Athens celebrated a religious festival.
Julius Caesar came over from France expecting to silence the noisy neighbours, but things did not go according to plan.
The Season of ‘Goodwill’
‘Goodwill’ was on everyone’s lips, but the Roman Emperor and the God of Israel had very different ideas about it.
A Man called ‘Beta’
For a perennial ‘runner-up’, Eratosthenes had a peculiar knack of being first.
A Battle of Wills
Based on ‘A Book of Golden Deeds’ by
Two strong and determined men refused to back down.
Hannibal’s Passage of the Alps
Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps with nearly 50,000 men and 38 elephants is the stuff of legend.
Horatius at the Bridge
Based on a story by
Horatius Cocles was the last man standing between Rome’s republic and the
return of totalitarian government in 509 BC.
The Speech of King Caratacus
A proud British king, taken to Rome as a trophy of Empire, refused to plead for his life.
The Battle of Ynys Mon
Based on an account by
Suetonius Paulinus, Governor of Britain, hoped to enhance his reputation.
The Battle of Salamis
Defeat for the Greeks would have changed the course of Western civilization.
Keep away from the Games!
From ‘Letters to Lucilius’ by
Seneca the Younger
The wise old philosopher had learnt that popular entertainments rot the soul.
The Last Gladiator
The people of Rome suddenly turned their back on centuries of ‘sport’ - all because of one harmless old man.
A Bird in the Hand is Worth...
From ‘History of the Wars’ by
Procopius of Caesarea
The Roman Emperor Honorius, so the story goes, had more on his mind
than the impending sack of one of Europe’s iconic cities.