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Though the beginnings of the Byzantine Empire are unclear, its demise is not. The history of the Eastern Roman Empire, from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453, is one of war, plague, architectural triumphs and fear of God's wrath.
The origins of globalisation can be found in the deep past.
France’s elite police unit is being compared to the SS – not for the first time.
The Japanese dish of humble origins that conquered the world.
The promise of exotic thrills in distant lands built up expectations which inevitably collided with a mundane reality.
Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a national hero.
In this episode meet Socrates and Aspasia: the philosopher who changed the way we think about the world and the woman who changed him.
‘I’d be disappointed if I didn’t meet Emperor Claudius in the afterlife.’
In one Italian hospital, an invented disease helped save hundreds from the occupying Nazis.
Britain received more Marshall aid than Germany, but spent much of it propping up a delusion.