Volume 73 Issue 8 August 2023

Pompeii is Found

Identified on 20 August 1763, Pompeii’s value was as a source of antiquities for Charles VII, king of Naples.

Ready, Set, Show!

When a Victorian celebrity sportsman was found to be taking performance-enhancing drugs it caused a sensation, not a scandal.

On the Spot: Bettany Hughes

What historical topic have I changed my mind on? I thought the sacrifice of young women in the Bronze Age was a myth. It wasn’t.

The Invention of Time

A now commonplace device, Joseph Priestley’s timeline revolutionised how we view history.