Julius Caesar

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Vladislav Surkov, former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin: “It works, this model works. It is a good compromise between chaos and order.” Photograph:  Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

“There are two options,” says Vladislav Surkov as we settle into our seats. “The first is Anglo-Saxon. I give you the menu, you can choose what you wa(...)

Cush Jumbo: ‘The reality is that actors wish they could choose jobs.’ Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Even virtually, Cush Jumbo’s energy enters the room before she does, which is at a run, with the force of someone just ejected from a cannon. “I don’t(...)

Sod that: Deputy mayor of Fingal Robert O’Donoghue, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien and mayor of Fingal David Healy at the sod-turning on a new social and affordable housing scheme at Dun Emer, Lusk, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

In a surprise development on Friday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was handed a shovel but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to dig hims(...)

  The International Olympic Council is thinking of changing its “Faster, Higher, Stronger” motto to make room for a fourth word, “Together”. Photograph: Getty Images

In the latest example of the seemingly irresistible human urge not to leave well enough alone, the International Olympic Council is thinking of changi(...)

Some Catholics already bless same-sex unions. Stories abound of good Fr So-and-So who blessed Bob and Bill, Olivia y Cristina, Jacques et Georges. Many priests remain too timid to give blessings themselves, but lay people, indeed whole communities, gather to affirm the goodness of couples who love.  Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Beware the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar went to his reward in 44 BC. March 15th was also the day the responsum of the Congregation for the Doc(...)

Pontius Pilate, as rendered by sculptor Joseph Maria Subirachs on the facade of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Photograph: Getty Images

Today is the Nones of March, a date we never hear much about, although in the eccentric calendar system of ancient Rome it was one of three points fro(...)

Rory McIlroy  leans on his golf bag on the 13th hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters  as things unravelled for him in Augusta, Ga. Photograph: /Matt Slocum/AP

1979 - Ed Sneed At 6ft 2in, Ed Sneed certainly looked the part. And starting the final round of the 1979 Masters tournament with a five-stroke lead, (...)

Sunshine illuminates the back stone at the 5,000-year-old burial chamber at the start of the spring equinox at Loughcrew. Photograph: Alan Betson

Quartodecimanism, now there’s a word. All of 16 letters. One more than Ballaghaderreen. But not as meaningful! Quartodecimanism stands for “the 14th(...)

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

A Roman abacus. But what did the Romans really do for mathematics?

The ancient Romans developed many new techniques for engineering and architecture. The citizens of Rome enjoyed fountains, public baths, central heati(...)

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