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Topic: Mary Beard

The reasons why the Romans still fascinate us

A society in decline, religion as counter-culture, and mass immigration are just some of issues that link us to the Roman Empire

The devotion of Rome’s Christian Empresses to saints is a model for our hard-edged politicians

If only David Cameron could enthuse about St Edward the Confessor, say, or St Bernadette of Lourdes