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Philip de Souza considers the impact of piracy on Roman economic and political life

A new exhibition at the British Museum on the aftermath of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 raises questions about the relationship between past and present, says Daisy Dunn.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

The ancient Greek Olympics were just as enmeshed in international politics, national rivalries and commercial pressures as their modern counterpart, says David Gribble.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of this great emperor's accession, on March 8th, AD161.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

David Mattingly revisits an article by Graham Webster, first published in History Today in 1980, offering a surprisingly sympathetic account of Roman imperialism.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

The Aeneid, Virgil’s epic Latin poem, offers as profound an insight into the current Libyan crisis as any 24-hour news channel, argues Robert Zaretsky.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

The economic crisis in Greece has drawn attention to the question of where best to display treasures such as the Elgin Marbles. Jonathan Downs offers some solutions to a historical tug of war.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Little remains of the great North African empire that was Rome's most formidable enemy, because, as Richard Miles explains, only its complete annihilation could satisfy its younger rival.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

At the height of the Roman Empire, hundreds of merchant ships left Egypt every year to voyage through the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean, exchanging the produce of the Mediterranean for exotic eastern commodities. Raoul McLaughlin traces their pioneering journeys. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the event that signalled the beginning of the end of the Western Roman empire 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

On the Mediterranean at the western edge of the Nile delta stands the most important and enduring of all the many cities founded by Alexander. Though much of its material past has been destroyed or lies underwater, Alexandria’s reputation as the intellectual powerhouse of the Classical world, fusing Greek, Egyptian and Roman culture, lives on, writes Paul Cartledge.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Did the first Christian Roman emperor appropriate the pagan festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of Christ? Matt Salusbury weighs the evidence.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

The legendary ruler of Pontus and creator of a formidable Black Sea empire was, until recently, one of the most celebrated figures of the Classical world, a hero of opera, drama and poetry. Adrienne Mayor, author of a new study of the ‘Poison King’, explains why.

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

As the Roman Empire declined its leaders became interested more in personal survival than good governance. Sound familiar? Adrian Goldsworthy draws comparisons with current crises.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

Michael Scott looks at how a time of crisis in the fourth century BC proved a dynamic moment of change for women in the Greek world.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

John Haywood explains why the tactics adopted by the Gallic leader Vercingetorix to resist Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul played into Roman hands.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

The emperor Hadrian presided over the Roman empire at its height, defined its borders and was one of the most cultured rulers of the ancient world. Neil Faulkner revisits his legacy, as the British Museum opens a major exhibition on his life and times.

Volume: 58 Issue 8 2008

David Winter visits a land beset for millennia by the fantasies of outsiders.


Anthony Johnson argues that an accurate interpretation of the great monument rests in the sophisticated geometric principles employed by its Neolithic surveyors.


Anthea Gerrie explores a remarkable excavation, a Roman surgeon’s house in Rimini.

Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008

Clive Foss introduces the Kharijites, a radical sect from the first century of Islam based in southern Iraq and Iran, who adopted an extreme interpretation of the Koran, ruthless tactics and opposed hereditary political leadership. After causing centuries of problems to the caliphate, they survive in a quietist form in East Africa and Oman.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Richard Cavendish recalls May 17th, 1257.

Volume: 57 Issue: 5 2007

China and Rome were the two great economic superpowers of the Ancient World. Yet their empires were separated by thousands of miles of inhospitable terrain, dramatically reducing the opportunities for direct communication. Raoul McLaughlin investigates.


The young Pharaoh has gripped peoples’ imagination and changed lives. Desmond Zwar looks at the career of the man who claimed to have spent seven years living in the tomb, guarding it while Howard Carter examined its contents.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

David Mattingly says it’s time to rethink the current orthodoxy and question whether Roman rule was good for Britain.

Volume: 57 Issue: 6 2007

1,700 years ago this month, York saw the proclamation of a man who changed the course of the history of the world. Christopher Kelly introduces the Emperor Constantine.

Volume: 56 Issue: 7 2006

Helen Strudwick, Curator of the Egyptian galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, explains the new refurbishment at the museum and the opportunities it has afforded.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006
Anthony Grafton remembers Theodor Mommsen, the great German historian of the Roman republic and literary giant of his day.
Volume: 56 Issue: 9 2006

Romans have reacted passionately to the new presentation of one of the Eternal City’s key historic monuments, Charlotte Crow explains.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Peter Furtado previews a major exhibition opening in York at the end of the month.

Volume: 56 Issue: 3 2006

Ray Laurence considers how children were seen in ancient Rome and looks at some of the harsher aspects of childhood – sickness, violence and endless work.

Volume: 55 Issue: 10 2005

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