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The Ancient Greeks lived in a world of gods; immortal, although subjugated to human feelings, from wrath to jealousy and envy. To worship them, and as corollary of their advanced architectural knowledge, they built temples. However, unlike with modern religions, the temples were not used by ordinary people for worship. Instead, they were homes for statues of gods, which were tended to by priests. Ceremonies and festivals took place outside of the temple. They are now considered icons of Greek civilisation.


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Discover the real King Arthur with our exclusive article from archaeologist Miles Russell, who believes that the legendary figure was in fact a Dark Age warlord. Elsewhere, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell go head to head, take a look at life on the Thames in the Victorian era, and learn about the forgotten storyteller who wrote one of our most-loved fairytales.

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Helen Keller, a deafblind child who went from being mute to one of the most prolific authors of her time
Miles Russell puts the once and future king under the microscope to discover if there’s any truth to Britain’s greatest legend
From the back streets of Putney to the court of Henry VIII, omas Cromwell’s climb to power was largely thanks to Anne Boleyn. But it was to be a short-lived friendship, as Lottie Goldfinch reveals
It can be hard to take a conflict seriously when it’s named after a slap-up dinner... or a farmyard animal, for that matter
Pat Kinsella meets an extraordinary unit of military misfits sent on an against-all-odds World War II mission deep behind enemy lines
Over a century before the Brothers Grimm began publishing their fairy tales, a group of disa ected women found their voice in literature, producing some of the most-loved stories of all time
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