Peter Stothard

Biography

Peter Stothard writes about Roman history and modern politics, sometimes combining the two. He was Editor of the Times Literary Supplement (2002-16) and of The Times (1992-2002). His books include The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar (2020), Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra (2013), On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey through Ancient Italy (2010), and The Senecans: Four Men and Mrs Thatcher (2016).

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In 2012 he was the chair of judges for the Booker Prize. He is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and holds the President’s Medal of the British Academy for services to the humanities. He was knighted in 2003.

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The Ides of March

The Ides of March

March 15th is our modern name for the Ides of March, and by this evening, if we were  in Rome in 44BC, our world would be a very different place. There was nothing special about the date before the assassins of Julius Caesar selected it. Its advantage for assassination was only that a senate ...

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Peter Stothard

Peter Stothard

What first attracted you to the period or periods you work in?Roman writers were with me as an Essex teenager in the sixties and have stayed with me ever since. At sixteen I had two big passions, writing about jazz for The Daily Telegraph ( I had won a competition against very few entrants) and about Julius Caesar and ...