FT letters on the financial crisis and Roman parallels

This month the Financial Times (I recently heard someone describe it as the UK’s only reliable newspaper) has published three letters which Classics teachers may find interesting.

The first was from Prof David Potter of Ann Arbor on the problems facing Vespasian on his accession.

The second, from Andrew Morrison of King’s Lynn, blames Tiberius for a ‘catastrophic financial downturn’.

The third, from Prof Gautam Pingle of Hyderabad, quotes a book by Charles Beard in which he wrote about the fortunes of ancient Rome: “With many weak minds the theme has become a disease”.

The all-party Parliamentary Classics Group

A friend has given me the url (web address) giving the officers and members of the all-party parliamentary Classics group. It is http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/memi211.htm

The group is chaired by Michael Fallon; the treasurer is Tim Loughton. Contact details:

Mr Michael Fallon MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA. Tel: 020 7219 6482