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There is good reason for thinking the king died a martyr

Like Christians, many ancient philosophers also understood the need for self-mastery

Ashurbanipal ruled the vast Assyrian Empire when it was at its height – and also had the world’s largest library

All religious practice is about putting oneself under a certain discipline

If you want to impress a loved one this Valentine’s Day, try the poetry of Virgil, Horace and Ovid

Nicaragua’s state media portray him as a rabble-rouser. But Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes says he places his trust in dialogue

Prejudice rather than thought-out and researched views may be guiding us

The Pope chose his words very carefully in Abu Dhabi

Diary: snowy roads, scruffy MPs and a nice train WC

His rhetoric against the Church is increasingly violent, but the bishops have remained largely quiet