Welcome to the new look Minerva

You will notice that Minerva has changed this month – the new design, created by a new team, has given the magazine a new, larger format, better to showcase the splendours of the ancient world.

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.

One such family was the Torlonia. Their power, money, and influence came relatively late (in the 1700s), but they made up for it by amassing one of the world’s most spectacular gatherings of antique sculpture. For decades, the Torlonia treasures (known to connoisseurs as ‘the collection of collections’) have kept out of view in private palaces. Now 90 of the more than 600 sculptures from this fabled collection are finally to go on public display. Dalu Jones previews the show at the Capitoline Museums in Rome.

There are more hidden treasures to be discovered in our feature on the work being done to preserve the heritage of Afghanistan. Despite years of conflict and some appalling acts of vandalism in the country, archaeological excavation and research continue to advance. Warwick Ball and Norman Hammond are our guides to the efforts being made there, and bring us up-to-date with a survey of noteworthy recent finds.

The Hadrian’s Wall ‘Pilgrimage’ is the world’s longest-running archaeological tour. When Matthew Symonds took part recently, he found that, after more than a century of study, there is still much to learn, and to debate, along the length of Britain’s greatest Roman monument. 

Another fascinating perspective on Roman history can be found in the drawings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Venetian-born artist who did more than any other figure, argues Lucia Marchini, to convey the grandeur of Rome to the intelligentsia of 18th-century Europe. His enthusiasm led him to embellish, rather than simply reproduce the glories he saw before him – and the result is an elaborate and unique vision of antiquity.

You will notice that Minerva has changed this month – the new design, created by a new team, has given the magazine a new, larger format, better to showcase the splendours of the ancient world. It is also published by a different team.

We are Current Publishing, and we are the new publishers of Minerva. We’ve been around since 1967 when we launched our first magazine, Current Archaeology. Current World Archaeology followed in 2003, and Military History Matters in 2010. We also produce the annual Current Archaeology LIVE! conference, including the Current Archaeology Awards that celebrate the people, projects, and publications making outstanding contributions to archaeology, as voted for by the public.

We are passionate about heritage, and whether we’re exploring ancient art, archaeology, or military history, our dedicated writers live and breathe their subjects. We’re excited to be able to share these interests with you, and we want you to come away from every issue feeling well informed; so expect to discover thought-provoking features, up-to-date news, museum and book reviews, travel pieces, important dates for your diary, and stunning imagery throughout.

We hope you enjoy the new Minerva. If you have any queries, please do get in touch with our subscriptions department by email: subs@minervamagazine.com, telephone: +44 (0) 208 819 5580, or post: Current Publishing, Thames Works, Church Street, London, W4 2PD.