Norse travellers reached every corner of the known world, but they were not tourists. The ‘racially pure’ Vikings of stereotype were, in fact, cultural chameleons adopting local habits, languages and religions.
Volume 68 Issue 4 April 2018
The historian of Roman literature on Augustus’ funeral and the world’s best museum.
David K. Niles worked in the shadows of US presidents. He also helped save their administrations.
Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England.
The function, history and symbolism of the menorah from deep antiquity to its use as the emblem of the state of Israel.
‘Socialism with a human face’ came head to head with the realities of Soviet communism.
The notorious highwayman was hanged on 7 April 1739.
Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.
A visually arresting look at the minutiae of centuries of everyday Jewish life.
Time in the early modern world lacked precision, but it did have humanity.