Hail Boris - the Noblest Roman of Them All; Classics Man: Mayor Boris Johnson Will Donate Funds for Ancient Study

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IT'S official - Boris Johnson is getting ?250,000 a year from The Daily Telegraph for his weekly column, but will donate more than a tenth of that to a body encouraging the teaching of Latin, Greek and ancient history in state schools.

Speculation has raged as to precisely how much the paper would be paying London's new Mayor, and his spokesman Guto Harri - a former BBC reporter - promised in May: "When we know the sum, we will declare it." That is one promise at any rate which has been fulfilled. The Mayor's chief press officer, Samantha Hart, tells the Londoner: "He is being paid exactly ?250,000 by the Telegraph, and out of that, out of his pre-tax income, he will be giving a total of ?50,000 to two good causes.

"They are the London College of Communication, for journalism bursaries, and a charity encouraging the teaching of classics in state schools".

The educational body is Classics for All, which is now in the process of being set up as a charity by classicists including Dr Peter Jones, the former Cambridge don. …