News A statue of Alexander the Great in the northern Greek city of Salonica. Scientists believe they may have solved the 2000 year old mystery of how the ruler died

A leading toxicologist has said that Alexander the Great may have died after drinking wine made from a poisonous plant that would have cause a slow and painful death

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The week's other 3-D adventure swaps Vikings for the ancient Greeks, who have apparently become so uppity that Zeus (Liam Neeson) intends to make an example of them.

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Forgotten Authors No.48: Mary Renault

When men write about historical events, they tend to feed their readers facts and figures, but Mary Renault (1905-1983) was interested in the passions of the past. Her historical fiction was highly romantic, and herein lies the key to her virtual disappearance from today's bookshelves.

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The joy of sex - an ancient guide

They may be centuries old, but the erotic artefacts on show at an Athens exhibition still inspire passion

Myth of ancient Greece's 'heroes' blown away

Alexander was less than Great, and the Spartans were little more than thugs, says new book

Ancient Greek vessel docks for Pompey refit

The most complete ancient Greek ship ever found – which is being painstakingly pieced back together by marine archaeology experts in Portsmouth – is shown here as it would probably have looked when it sailed around the Greek islands at the time of Homer.

Ancient device was used to predict Olympic dates

A mechanical instrument made from bronze and wood in ancient Greece was a calendar for predicting solar eclipses and the dates of the Olympic Games, scientists have discovered.

'Lesbians' don't have to be from Lesbos

A Greek court has dismissed a request by people living on the Aegean island of Lesbos to ban the use of the word lesbian to describe gay women.

Aryan ideals, not ancient Greece, were the inspiration behind flame tradition

There is a two-word answer to those who think the Olympic torch is a symbol of harmony between nations that should be kept apart from politics – Adolf Hitler.

Skeleton reveals ancient Greek brain surgery

Greek archaeologists have uncovered a rare find, the skeletal remains of a young woman who appears to have undergone brain surgery – nearly 1,800 years ago. The bones, which date from the third century, were found in one of more than 1,000 graves excavated in an ancient cemetery near the city of Veria in Greece.

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Dancers, musicians, windsurfers, show-jumpers, artists and chefs are all set to sparkle in Estoril, says Frank Partridge
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