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Book clinic: what are the best novels about ancient Greeks and Romans?

<b>Other than</b> <b>Madeline Miller</b> <b>and</b> <b>Mary Renault</b><b>, what literature can I read that explores the classical setting of ancient Greece and Rome?</b><br>Livvy Muir, 18, hoping to study comparative literature with ancient Greek at University College London<p><b>Natalie Haynes</b><b>, writer, broadcaster and classicist:</b><br>For ancient …

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30 Must-Read Books

<i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>“It’s hard to say what anyone should or shouldn’t read, let alone <i>everyone,</i> but <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a book I …

Two Methods For Conquering Your Chronic Procrastination

Procrastination is a problem that many people struggle with in the workplace. There are projects that we know need to get done, but they keep getting pushed to the side, and eventually, they grow into a giant obstacle that blocks personal and professional progress.<p>Nearly everyone procrastinates at …

For a long life, consider picking up a tennis racket

You probably know that exercise is good for you, but do you know whether you're better off riding a bike or swimming laps in the pool?<p>Actually, if you want to get the biggest bang for your exercise buck, you should pick up a racket, new research reveals.<p>An analysis of more than 80,000 adults who …

High School Football

Five of the sexiest scenes in literature

Family,Life and style,Sex,Fiction,Books,Marcel Proust,Sarah Waters,Geoff Dyer,Vladimir Nabokov,Alan Hollinghurst<p>Stuart Jeffries picks notable passages from classic novels<p>It’s difficult to write a good sex scene. There’s the risk of wittering about vaginal frilliness as Updike did in his Memories of …

Six Things You Should Know About How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

The Doctor and the Saint

<b>[I]</b><p><b>ANNIHILATION OF CASTE</b> is the nearly eighty-year-old text of a speech that was never delivered.* When I first read it I felt as though somebody had …

6 Useful Variations to Traditional Strength-Training Exercises

Whether you’re strength training to keep the injuries to a minimum or you’re working towards a new PR, the fact that you’re doing it is fantastic! …

The Nature of Doubt: A Reading List on Faith’s Role in Society

Questions of religion and belief have made for compelling narratives for nearly as long as both have existed as social constructs. Centuries-old conflicts concerning faith continue to impact our modern world, and early histories of belief systems can offer readers exposure to unexpected sides of …

Top 8 Weight Training Exercises to Build Muscle at Home

The best weight training exercises to build muscle are compound exercises that affect multiple muscle groups. Exercises like the squat, deadlift or …

Workouts

Complete Dumbbells Only Workout for Six Pack Abs

Usually when it comes to ab and core training we use equipment like stability ball, medicine ball, and various no equipment floor exercises. Because …

Workouts

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

<b>by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey</b><p><b>One FROM BABYLON TO BITCOIN</b><p>The eye has never seen, nor the hand touched a dollar.<p><i>—Alfred Mitchell Innes</i><p>For any currency to be viable, be it a decentralized cryptocurrency issued by a computer program or a traditional "fiat" currency issued by a government, it must …

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The 20-Minute 'No Excuses' Navy SEAL Bodyweight Workout

Don't have time to work out? Lack access to equipment, machines or the right gym? L<p>You will not get a pass from Brad McLeod, a former Navy SEAL who's …

Exercise

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 8 – Orientalism by Edward Said (1978)

This polemical masterpiece challenging western attitudes to the east is as topical today as it was on publication<p>Next to the suicide bombings, the air strikes, and the beheadings, a closely argued 300-page monograph devoted to a radical post-colonial thesis might seem to suggest a modest literary …

Literature

Review: Peter Bergen’s United States of Jihad and Mark Bourrie’s The Killing Game explore why some people turn to terrorism

<b>United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists</b><p><i>By Peter Bergen</i><p><i>Crown, 387 pages, $36</i><p><b>The Killing Game: Martyrdom, Murder and the Lure of ISIS</b><p><i>By Mark Bourrie</i><p><i>Patrick Crean Editions, 273 pages, $32.99</i><p>It seems at first the very height of hyperbole to entitle a book <i>United States of</i> …

“As long as a woman has a husband, she has esteem in the village”: An Excerpt from “The Lost Generation”

<i>Kolkata-based journalist and writer Nidhi Dugar Kundalia has written for various publications, often on society and subcultures. In her book,</i> The …

Atheism has ancient roots and is not ‘modern invention’, claims new text

Cambridge academic’s new book disputes that atheism is a ‘modern invention’ and sets out evidence that ‘disbelief in the supernatural is as old as the hills’<p>Atheism is not a modern invention from the western Enlightenment, but actually dates back to the ancient world, according to a new book by a …

Bernadette Russell’s top 10 philosophical questions children should ask

From how should we treat animals to are the best things in life free? Here are the 10 questions children should ask themselves, along with inspiration from some of the most important thinkers of our time: Winnie The Pooh, Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl<p>I’m a big fan of taking action, with less talking and …

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Books in 2016: a literary calendar

Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters<p>Man Booker-nominated Jhumpa Lahiri’s new book is out in February.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/13917ef145f9408f7606e0c0663c8064fa4bf769/0_139_3159_1895/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian<p>Seamus Heaney’s posthumously published translation of …

Top 10 political books to inspire action

From The Hunger Games to To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s easy to think about how fictional reads can be catalysts for change – yet there are also many mesmerising true stories that can inspire action. From Malala to Anne Frank, and Orwell to Owen Jones, <b>site member</b> <b>CaraErica</b> shares her favourite …

Bertrand Russell's 10 lessons for a creative, happy life – in pictures

Philosophy,Art and design,Science and nature,Illustration,Design,Art and design,Books,Culture,Science,Life and style<p>Bertrand Russell is a 20th-century philosopher for 21st-century living, arguing we can achieve far more by doing far less. In a new edition of Russell’s 1932 essay, In Praise of …

20th Century

The best novels of 2015

Best books of 2015,Books,Fiction,Marlon James,Kazuo Ishiguro,Elena Ferrante,Benjamin Markovits,Anne Enright,Marilynne Robinson,2015 in review,Best books,Best books of the year<p>A truly vintage year for fiction with a strong Booker shortlist, dazzling debuts and a real masterpiece from an old hand

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