Ancient

Inside the Ancient Bull Cult

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 Bookshelves of Ancient Ebla

Cuneiform tablets preserved in the fire that devastated the Mesopotamian city of Ebla offer an extraordinary insight into life 4,000 years ago. 

Arab Conquests and Sasanian Iran

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.  

Spreading the Word

Many of the world’s languages derive from a single source. Harry Ritchie tells the story of Proto-Indo-European.

In the Service of Rome

R.W. Davies describes the life of the other ranks in the Roman armed services, as recorded in surviving letters.

The Seven Churches of Asia

James Marshall-Cornwall describes how Christianity was spread across modern Turkey during the first century AD.

The Nuraghi of Sardinia

Neil Ritchie describes a pastoral race who flourished on Sardinia between 1500 and 500 B.C.. The Nuraghi have left us more than seven thousand finely built towers and a host of magnificent bronze figurines.