Nobody owns the past, but many have sought to use it to their own ends. The use, and abuse, of ancient history has been ever-present.
An unprecedented force of 86,000 men fought against Hannibal’s Carthaginian army on 2 August 216 BC.
Entering the ivory tower to investigate the ‘class’ in ‘Classics’.
King Minos and the Minotaur remain shrouded in mystery and mythology, yet evidence of a Bronze Age ‘Bull Cult’ at the Minoan palaces abounds. Were bulls merely for entertainment or did they have a deeper significance?
The Phoenicians were the great maritime traders of the ancient Mediterranean.
Cuneiform tablets preserved in the fire that devastated the Mesopotamian city of Ebla offer an extraordinary insight into life 4,000 years ago.
Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process by which a Zoroastrian empire became part of the Islamic world.
Many of the world’s languages derive from a single source. Harry Ritchie tells the story of Proto-Indo-European.
Before its untimely end this once great city was the centre of a vast and powerful civilisation.
Charles Bawden discusses the shifting borders and evolving cultures of the Mongolian nation.