Ancient History / Art / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Review

REVIEW- Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

For more than a millennium, you could have been forgiven for thinking that Heracleion, Thonis and Canopus had never existed. Sure, these ancient cities on the mouth of the Nile had been mentioned numerous times by Greek writers, but mostly in the heroic tales of mythological figures. Heracleion was supposed to have been founded on the site where Herakles had first set … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Sicily: Culture & Conquest

Its name in Greek, Hebrew and Arabic means ‘middle sea’. The Romans knew it as the sea in ‘the middle of the land’, and it is from Latin that its modern name derives. Because, right up until the discovery of the Americas, the Mediterranean sea was the centre of the known world. And slap bang in the middle of the … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Celts: Art & Indentity

In 1707 the Welsh linguist and antiquary Edmund Lhuyd published the Archaeologia Brittanica, in which he described the ‘Languages, Histories And Cultures of the Original Inhabitants of Great Britain‘. If it were not for the publication of this book then the British Museum’s new Celts: Art & Identity exhibition probably could not have happened. Were it … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Beyond El Dorado

In 1499 – seven years after Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas – Spanish explorers first encountered the land now bearing his name: Colombia*. With its high peaks and dense forest, this was an enchanting, deeply mysterious land. And no mystery would live on in European imaginations in quite the same way as the legend … Continue reading

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REVIEW- Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

As someone fortunate enough to have visited the remains of the legendary Roman city of Pompeii some years ago, I was doubtful as to whether a collection of objects from the city displayed in the British Museum could really hold the same level of fascination for me, or indeed tell me anything I didn’t already … Continue reading