Antigone’s Most-Read Articles

Our Top 50 Pieces to Date

Running an ever-rolling website, publishing articles as and when we feel they are ready for the wider world, makes it difficult to step back and see what pieces have captured our readers’ interests and imaginations the most. So, to take stock of where things are in our 28th (!) month online (July ’23), we have pulled the lever to get the crude count of our 50 most read articles: these represent some 15% of our output to date, and have shared a couple of million readers among them. So here they are, counting down to our (perhaps unassailable?) Number One:

50) A Showman’s Odyssey by Milly Ayers

49) The Italian Job: Lucretius in the Renaissance by Luke Slattery

48) Lorem ipsum: Filler Fail, Killer Tale by David Butterfield

47) Where do the Classics come from? Or, the Apparatus Criticus and You by Maxwell Hardy

46) Tres Leones: Singing ‘Three Lions’ in Latin by Hayley Canham and the Antigone XI

45) Julius Caesar’s Last Words by Jaspal Ubhi

44) Seneca and Nero: How (Not) to Give an Emperor Unwelcome Advice by Catharine Edwards

43) Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and the Measure of All Things by Pablo Irizar

42) What Can We Learn from Seneca Today? by David Fideler

41) Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation: A Personal View by the Antigone team

40) Love and the Soul: the timeless tale of Cupid and Psyche by Stephen Harrison

39) Socrates and the Ethics of Conversation by Frisbee Sheffield

38) The Song of Seikilos: a Musically Notated Ancient Greek Poem by Armand D’Angour

37) Learning Foreign Languages in Antiquity: How Did They Do It? by Eleanor Dickey

36) First Thoughts on the “New Naso” by the Antigone Rapid-Response Unit

35) Plato’s Cave, Narnia’s Wardrobe: How to Escape the Zeitgeist by Edmund Stewart

34) Richard Porson: Scholar of a Different Class by David Butterfield

33) The Greeks, Afghanistan, and the Buddha by Bijan Omrani

32) The Music of Sophocles’ Ode to Man by Armand D’Angour

31) The Battle of the Classics: The Humanities without Humanism by Eric Adler

30) Pandemics, Plagues, and Philosophy: Moral Lessons from Antiquity for the Modern World by Martin Ferguson Smith

29) Gilbert Highet, the First Celebrity Classicist by Robert Ball

28) Uncancelling Tiberius by John Roth

27) Sponsian: Another Lost Emperor by Alfred Deahl

26) Classics in UK Universities: cui bono? by David Butterfield

25) We’re All Political Animals – and That’s a Good Thing by Josiah Ober

24) Classics in Translation? A Personal Angle (Parts I and II) by Wolfgang de Melo

23) An Introduction to Greek and Latin Metre by David Butterfield

22) The Classic Classic? Antigone Hits 250 by 40 friends of the Antigone team

21) Socrates on the Blessing of Being Refuted by Andrew Beer

20) “A Great Ox Stands on my Tongue”: the Pitfalls of Latin Translation by Jaspreet Singh Boparai

19) Money Talks: A Very Short History of Roman Currency by Alfred Deahl

18) Looking for Antinous by Carole Raddato

17) The Ghost of Classics Yet to Come by Stephen Fry

16) Learning from the Master: Socrates’ Examined Life by Chad Bochan

15) What did Classics do to Christianity? by Simon Goldhill

14) Gender in Latin and Beyond: A Philologist’s Take by Wolfgang de Melo

13) The Enduring Appeal of the Stoics by John Sellars

12) The War that Made the Roman Empire: An Interview with Barry Strauss

11) Will the Wise Man get Drunk? An Ancient Philosophic Controversy by John Dillon

10) Shakespeare’s Latin and Greek by Tom Moran

9) The Ends of History by Michael Bonner

8) Ancient Greek Accents in Ten Rules by David Butterfield

7) Living Descendants of Mark Antony by Theodore Kopaliani

6) Ancient Cybersecurity? Deciphering the Spartan Scytale by Martine Diepenbroek

5) The ‘Helps’ page of free online Classics resources curated by the Antigone team

4) What You Need to Build a Greek Temple by Edmund Stewart

3) Understanding Friendship through the Eyes of Aristotle by Anika Prather

2) What Did Ancient Languages Sound Like by Nicholas Swift

1) No Laughing Matter? What the Romans Found Funny by Orlando Gibbs (~200k views)


These lists are awkwardly unforgiving, of course. Just missing this rather arbitrary cut-off are David Konstan on Sophocles’ Antigone and human ethics, Mary Beard on Rome’s Caesars, Fitzroy Morrissey on Greek philosophy and Islam, Sjoerd van Hoorn on Heraclitus, Tom Holland on Suetonius, Nina Triaridou on the Lamia and Keats, Dan Billingham on the Nika Riots, Mateusz Stróżyński on Ukraine’s ancient past, David Butterfield and Gavin McCormick on the history of football, Rosaria Munda on editing Homer’s first draft of the Iliad, Jaspreet Singh Boparai on St Jerome and the Latin Bible, and the Antigone team on Raphael’s School of Athens’. And that is to say nothing of the other 250 articles, which have all found a four-figure readership!


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