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This episode takes us back to AD 79, where we join Pliny the Younger as he witnesses one of the ancient world's most shocking events: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Fort Sumter, 14 April 1861, under the Confederate flag.

One in every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the American Civil War. It was an honourable way of accepting defeat – provided it was done under the right circumstances.

‘The censor’s joy’: Ronald Syme by Walter Stoneman, August 1946.

Historians often envisage a gulf between family history and other engagements with the past, but they can easily overlap.

Enchiladas.

While finding its origins in royal Aztec feasts, the everyday Tex-Mex enchilada is more a product of colonialism and prejudice than authentic heritage.

Behaving: puritan worship in the time of Elizabeth I, lithograph from The Church of England: A History for the People, by H.D.M. Spence-Jones, 1910.

At a moment when puritans had to tread carefully, William Hacket tried to overthrow the queen and Church.

Dr Johnson and his friends, 19th-century engraving.

Meet the members of the 18th-century’s most illustrious club.

The Acropolis of Athens by Leo von Klenze.

The worst kind of government – apart from all the others – faces increasingly tough challenges. Four leading historians consider its future.

Abraham von Kiduna received by the host of a brothel, German woodcut, 1477.

What was life like for medieval prostitutes? A case in the German town of Nördlingen reveals a hellish world of exploitation and violence.

Robert Parkin Peters.

The life of Robert Parkin Peters: clergyman, would-be academic and one of the most brazen fraudsters of the 20th century.

Berliners on the outskirts of Tempelhof Airfield during the airlift, July 1948.

Just two years after victory in the most murderous war in history, the divisions between the Soviet Union and the Western powers became unbridgeable.