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July/August 2019
  • Words of power & the power of words
    The British Library is staging an exhibition to show the crucial role the written word – from hieroglyphs, runes and cuneiform to print, predictive text and emojis – has played and continues to play in our history.
    Peter Toth

  • Out of Africa
    African masks inspired 20th-century European artists, such as Picasso, now in the first exhibition of its kind in Italy examples of African art are displayed as art – not as ethnographic curiosities.
    Matilde de Chantrain

  • In the lap of luxury
    American oil billionaire J Paul Getty had a replica of Herculaneum's Villa dei Papiri built in Malibu in the 1970s; now art treasures excavated at the original site are on show in America.
    Geraldine Fabrikant

  • Last supper in Pompeii
    The Ashmolean Museum has prepared a feast of paintings, documents and artefacts from Italy and Britain to show just how important food was for the Romans – from production to consumption.
    Paul Roberts

  • I, Claudius
    Sickly, stammering and with little ambitioon, Claudius was perhaps the most unlikely of Roman emperors to suceed yet, as an exhibition in Rome shows, he was an efficient and diligent administrator.
    Dalu Jones

  • 'To cause justice to prevail in the land...'
    Nearly 4000 years ago the Babylonian king Hammurabi drew up a legal code, carved on basalt stele and containing 282 sections, to regulate what, to him, would create a just and well-ordered society.
    Diana Bentley

  • Urban roots
    The great civilisations that arose in Sumeria and Assyria, where the first city was founded, are the subject of a new book that describes and illustrates their power and the grandeur of their architecture.
    Ray Dunning

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