The literature of Ancient Greece and Rome would seem to be unlikely territory for the latest battle in the culture wars.
But a US academic has warned that modern day misogynists and alt-right activists are looking to some of the most lauded classical texts as inspiration for their disturbing ideal of a patriarchy where women are kept firmly in check.
And while their source material may be thousands of years old, Donna Zuckerberg points out they are using 21st century social media to peddle age old notions of women as dominating, controlling and manipulative.
Ms Zuckerberg, whose brother Mark founded Facebook, one of the biggest social media platforms of all, says online misogynists and ‘incels’ (involuntarily celibate men) feel vindicated by writers such as Ovid, the Roman poet, and the satirist Juvenal.
The problem here being that of course we should consider the wisdom of the ancients. Whether we agree with it or not will depend upon our consideration, no?