Jan / Feb 2020

Jan / Feb

Looking for Leonardo

A glimpse of the great Renaissance man and his life gleaned from the writings of his adoring biographer, Giorgio Vasari, and others those who knew and admired him in his own time.
Lindsay Fulcher

Surveying the Silk Roads

The fabled Silk Road was a busy complex network of east-west trade routes conveying spices, silk and other luxury goods, across deserts, mountains, steppes and seas – as excerpts from a lavishly illustrated new book explain.
Susan Whitfield, Peter Sellars and Peter Whitfield

All made in China

Excavations at numerous archaeological sites in China have unearthed fascinating finds that are now displayed in provincial museums across the country – we asked two experts to recommend six of the best.
Cathy Giangrande & Miriam Clifford

The enigma of the Etruscans

An exhibition in Bologna showcases some of the ancient archaeological treasures produced by this mysterious culture, which was revered by DH Lawrence and which still intrigues us today.
Dalu Jones

Of myths and men

Writer and Classicist Daisy Dunn, who had three books published last year, talks about her love of all things Greek and Roman.
Diana Bentley

The beauty of Baalbek

The monumental beauty of the largest temple complex in the Roman Empire, which sits in splendour in north-east Lebanon has recently been captured by a world-famous photographer.
Barnaby Rogerson & Don McCullin

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May / Jun 2020

In the latest issue of Minerva, we travel to Mexico and its first civilisation: that built by the Olmecs, who created monumental works of art that are as striking today as they must have appeared 3,000 years ago. 

Jul / Aug 2020

In around 1480, a young Roman tumbled through an opening in the side of the city’s Oppian Hill, and emerged, wide-eyed, amid the remains of Nero’s 1st-century AD Domus Aurea.

Mar / Apr 2020

The riches of Rome referred to on our cover encompass not only the extraordinary bounty of art and architecture that the Roman Empire produced, but also the fabulous wealth accumulated in later centuries by distinguished families of the city.