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Emma Southon

Strange beasts: centaurs from the Triumph of Centaurs, AD 120-130.

In their quest to collect all the knowledge of the known world, Roman authors also recorded the strange and the fabulous.

A new Alexander: The Death of Germanicus, by Nicolas Poussin, 1626/38. ©  akg-images

Accounts of the life of Germanicus are complex, fascinating and open to interpretation.