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Terracotta kylix (drinking cup) ca. 480 B.C. Flute-playing satyr and maenad (detail), Signed by Hieron. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Those pushing the burgeoning field of Classical Reception Studies probably hadn’t intended to leave the door ajar for heavy metal.

British and Indian troops at the Lions’ Gate, Jerusalem’s Old City, 4 April 1920 © Bridgeman Images.

What the Easter 1920 riots in Jerusalem revealed about British rule in Palestine.

The goddess Mayahuel, depicted in the Codex Magliabechiano, 16th century © Bridgeman Images.

Everything you thought you knew about the Aztecs is wrong.

Diana and Actaeon, by Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), 1556-59, National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland.

Ovid’s tale inspired one of the world’s greatest works of art.

Workers at an archaeological excavation site, anonymous, c.1920-1930. Rijksmuseum.

What the media missed while covering the discovery of two statues in Rome.

Woman Reading 1606–69, Rembrandt. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When was the Year of the Four Popes? Who were the Sacred Band of Thebes?

The Gorleston Psalter (detail), 1310-25 © British Library Board/Bridgeman Images.

How Worcestershire sauce changed the way we look at medieval manuscripts.

Still Life with Fruit, by Osias Beert, c.1600 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

How Chinese porcelain became a worldwide sensation, changing tastes and the global economy.

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes in 1676 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. English, 17th century.

Historians should remind themselves that quantity and quality are often very different things.

A mass rally in Tiananmen Square of Beijing in 1965 against U.S. intervention in Congo-Léopoldville. Wiki Commons.

An outsider’s observations from the moments before China’s Cultural Revolution.