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Caligula: a natural sadist who had a loathing of hypocrisy

Britain’s most skilled historical storyteller has created another gem

Nero, depicted by 19th century artist Henryk Siemiradzki

How Rome lost its virtue

An entertainment new history of the first five Caesars contains a serious message about how political morality dies

Francis greets the faithful during his visit to Regina Pacis church in Rome (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Mideast Saudi Arabia Hajj

Last night’s documentary on the birth of Islam illustrates how powerful religion made Arabic culture

Ed West welcomes a new book that sheds light on the mysterious birth of the Islamic faith