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There is evidence, argues Adrian Tronson, to suggest that the thirteenth-century Mali empire, and its ruler Sundiata, were strongly influenced by the life of Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, an...

Germany will be among the favourites to lift the World Cup this summer. But when West Germany won the competition for the first time in 1954 they were the unfancied representatives of a divided nation emerging from defeat and humiliation, says Paul Legg.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Many paleoanthropologists believe that for most of history it is young people who were in charge. By Michael S. Cummings and Simon Maghakyan.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

As a new translation of the writings of the‘father of history’ is published, Paul Cartledge looks at the methods of enquiry that make the Greek master such a crucial influence on historians today.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Oliver Stone’s 2004 film Alexander portrayed the great Macedonian king as bisexual. Was he also a transvestite? Tony Spawforth looks to uncover the truth.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Contemporary culture places a high premium on novelty. Armand D’Angour argues that we should consider the more balanced views about old and new found in classical Greece.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

James Romm examines some intriguing new theories about a long-standing historical mystery.

Volume: 62 Issue: 4 2012

Robin Waterfield looks at the influence of the mother of Alexander the Great in the years following her son’s death.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

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

Jeri DeBrohun looks at the meanings expressed in the style of clothes and personal adornment adopted by men and women in the ancient world.

Volume: 51 Issue: 2 2001

Richard Cavendish marks the start of a landmark archaeological project, on March 23rd 1900

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000

Paul Cartledge explores the differences between today’s interpretation of the Olympic Games and their significance in the ancient world

Volume: 50 Issue: 10 2000

The Battle of Marathon has long been presented as the decisive moment at which Greeks led by the newly democratic Athenians gained the upper hand over the despotic Persians. Barry Baldwin reappraises the battle, and explains why it is still a byword for endurance.

Volume: 48 Issue: 5 1998

A look at a new exhibition in Venice, which shows the flow of culture between East and West in early Greece.

Volume: 46 Issue: 6 1996

Graham Shipley meets the dead in a Greek cemetery - an oasis of classicism in modern Athens.

Volume: 46 Issue: 9 1996

Louis Crompton argues that male love and military prowess went hand in hand in classical Greece.

Volume: 44 Issue: 11 1994

Barry Strauss looks at the contrasts and similarities between the city-states and the 'land of the free'.

Volume: 44 Issue: 4 1994

Lesley Beaumont looks at how children's games were not just seen as pastimes but as active stimuli to learning and good citizenship in the world of Plato and Aristotle.

Volume: 44 Issue: 8 1994

E. Hall looks at the methods used in ancient Greece to court public opinion in the light of the modern media and messages of democratic politics today.

Volume: 44 Issue: 7 1994

François Hartog on how urban living has coincided with the advocacy of popular rule from Plato through to Machiavelli, Rousseau and 20th-century sociologists.

Volume: 44 Issue: 2 1994

Susan Cole looks at how, though formally excluded from the political process, Athena's sisters nevertheless made their mark.

Volume: 44 Issue: 3 1994

Mary Beard looks at the new ways of thinking about what life was like for women in Greece and Rome.

Volume: 43 Issue: 7 1993

Charlemagne may have been the first Holy Roman Emperor but what did he do to dispel the 'Dark Ages'? Mary Alberi looks at the work of his leading court intellectual, Alcuin, and how his hopes for a 'New Athens' in the Aachen palace school promoted the Carolingian Renaissance.

Volume: 39 Issue: 9 1989

Rebel without a cause? Paul Cartledge probes whether the chequered career of one of fifth-century Athens' most famous sons reveals more about conflicting codes of loyalty than just the machinations of a turncoat.

Volume: 37 Issue: 10 1987

The symbols, slogans, ideas and architecture of the Founding Fathers were saturated in the world of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Volume: 37 Issue: 1 1987

'You are what you eat' was as relevant an observation for the ancients as for more modern thinkers, argues Helen King

Volume: 36 Issue: 9 1986

'Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose'... many of the agricultural practices described in the art and literature of classical Greece persist to the present day.

Volume: 36 Issue: 7 1986

N.E.R. Fisher surveys the historiographical treatments of these ancient democratic states, in this month's Reading History.

Volume: 33 Issue: 9 1983

There is evidence, argues Adrian Tronson, to suggest that the thirteenth-century Mali empire, and its ruler Sundiata, were strongly influenced by the life of Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, an influence that was to be capitalised on in the late 1950s.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

Neither the Greeks nor the Romans paid much attention to the achievements or customs of the peoples that they conquered. As Jenny Morris shows here, in the case of their Jewish subjects this indifference caused problems that had both religious and political repercussions.

Volume: 31 Issue: 10 1981

'A people's prospects are affected by its image of its past' - Arnold Toynbee presents an exclusive extract from his book on the Greek sense of the past, The Greeks and Their Heritages.

Volume: 31 Issue: 11 1981

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