In a word

Welcome to August. An august month. You will notice that August can be both noun and an adjective. They have a common parentage. August, the eighth mo(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores one his goals  past goalkeeper Ciarán Naughton of Castlebar Mitchels during the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The Ides of March fall two days short of St Patrick’s Day and even if the average club finals afternoon is unlikely to produce anything as dram(...)

Colm Keaveney on the plinth at the Dáil with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in last December’s budget, Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its mea(...)

Colm Keaveney  photographed outside the Dáil after he voted against  controversial Social Welfare cuts in December 2012.  He was  the fifth TD at the time to leave the Labour Party parlimentary party since the coalition with Fine Gael was formed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in a Budget Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its meaning is the the(...)

Rodin’s The Thinker. The French sculptor constantly reworked and assimilated the forms and aesthetics of ancient Greek and Roman art. Photograph: Karl Weatherly/Getty

Provence – the name evokes images of endless lavender fields, sleepy farmhouses and pools of golden light, scenes that inspired generations of painter(...)

The restored St Francis Basilica in Assis. Photograph: Paolo Cocco/Reuters
The basilicas of Assisi

I suppose it was inevitable that I would go to Assisi at some stage to pay my respects to Saint Francis. Not only do I bear his name, but he’s also pa(...)

The life of Julius Caesar kept classics students busy.

An account of the life of Julius Caesar kept students busy on a lengthy Junior Cert classical studies paper yesterday. “The period they were as(...)

Cypriot bank workers protest against cuts in Nicosia. Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

Classically educated Greek Cypriots compare the European financial aid package to the Ides of March 44 BC murder of Julius Caesar by his former(...)

Jan Sobieski Vanquisher of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna by Jan Matejko

Jan Sobieski was born in 1629 into a noble family in Olesko, near Lviv, today in western Ukraine, then in the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth, o(...)