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Ancient

Lebanon is a mountainous country, its eastern and western regions separated by the fertile Bekaa Valley and a narrow strip of land on the...

Cuneiform tablets preserved in the fire that devastated the Mesopotamian city of Ebla offer an extraordinary insight into life 4,000 years ago. 

Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.  

After 19th-century scholarship had placed the origins of civilisation in the ‘fertile crescent’ from Iran to the Levant, it was tempting to look to...
‘Historians and readers’, says the French scholar Pierre Briant at the start of his book, ‘have always been fascinated by the history of great...
John Ruskin anathematised the painter J.M.W. Turner as having ‘lived in imagination in ancient Carthage, lived practically in modern Margate …...

Many of the world’s languages derive from a single source. Harry Ritchie tells the story of Proto-Indo-European.

Before its untimely end this once great city was the centre of a vast and powerful civilisation.

Groundbreaking works of history are not often a bare 200 pages in length and generously adorned with illustrations. Peter Brown’s...

Charles Bawden discusses the shifting borders and evolving cultures of the Mongolian nation.