I was having a chat with the perennially delightful Sarah Bond earlier in the week about how late antiquity has gone mainstream. Proof positive is the way that the Financial Times covered Tesco earnings last week. The supermarket's figures were not all they should have been, but Jonathan Guthrie's coverage was splendid thanks not only to the classical references, but specifically to late antiquity:
There is a case for a structural review of Tesco conducted by a reformer – a Constantine to Mr Clarke’s Diocletian. The group, still with 29 per cent of the groceries industry, resembles a retail conglomerate in today’s segmenting market. It even owns a bank and a garden centre. And we know what we do with conglomerates, don’t we children? That’s right, we break them up.
Full article here. Good name checks for Augustus and Trajan too.