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History in the News

Spectators would have seen the deadly fumes emanating from the gate (far right)

THE SUPERNATURAL SECRETS OF ROMAN ‘GATE TO HELL’

The cave is still a killer, but not because of a dog’s bad breath

The Romans believed that a cave within the city of Hierapolis, in modernday Turkey, was an entrance to the underworld. In sacrificial rituals, castrated priests led bulls down to this ‘Gate to Hell’ as spectators looked on. Within minutes, the beasts would keel over dead. The priests, however, were left unharmed.

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In this month’s issue… Secrets of the Templars They were the most formidable military order of the middles ages, feared as crusaders and answerable only to the pope. This month we tell the tale of how they fell from grace, and try to unpick their legends from the truth. Plus: the Jarrow March; the RAF and the battle of Britain; Martin Luther King; 26 weird facts surrounding royal births; how to make a mummy; and the crowning of Charles II