Europe

Horses of St Mark’s

In 1204, the Venetians, leading the Fourth Crusade, decided to postpone their attack on the infidel, and turned aside to sack the greatest city of Christendom, Constantinople. This proved extremely profitable, and among the loot that the Venetians carried home with them were four magnificent bronze horses which had stood in the Hippodrome. These they […]

Enemies of Rome

Many believe that Rome was glorious, and that Rome brought civilisation – law, architecture, literature, a better lifestyle – into the Barbarian darkness of the conquered people. But was this really so? Philip Matyszak presents the alternative view. His book tells the story of the growth and eventual demise of Rome from the perspective of […]

Apulum: Romania

Deep in the heart of Transylvania, at the long dead colonia of Apulum, the archaeologists have been uncovering a shrine to the Roman god Liber Pater

Beatrice de Cardi

Beatrice has recently celebrated her 90th birthday, and here she recalls her far flung life in the field in Pakistan, Iran and the Arabian peninsula

Dmanisi, Georgia

Palaeoanthropologists have uncovered hominid evidence in Georgia that pushes back the date our forebears left Africa

Alexander

Oliver Stone’s new epic Alexander has hit the headlines. The New York Post has labelled it ‘Alexander the Gay’, and US Christians thinking of going to see it have been advised to ‘speak to your pastors immediately because Satan is attempting to enter your mind’. Greek nationalists have been fuming. How could the greatest hero […]

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