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Will the real Mark Antony please stand up? There was much more to this Roman general than his critics would have us believe – and he had a sense of humour. Patricia Southern Divine felines What characteristics did the Ancient Egyptians see in cats that gave them sacred status? Yekaterina Barbash Epirus: land of legends Exploring an area of north-west Greece where Classical heroes from history and mythology once roamed. James Beresford Taking the oath Words carved on a marble stele may be what the Athenians wanted us to believe rather than literal fact. Paul Cartledge Too late to save Syria’s priceless heritage? The latest struggle for cultural survival in the Middle East is proving to be an increasingly hopeless task. Emma Cunliffe As solid as a rock? Africa is home to some of the world’s most spectacular rock art but can it be protected from damage, vandalism, and theft? David Coulson Picturing castles Finding out about the history and development of some of the most impressive monuments in Wales. John R Kenyon The marble menagerie Hidden away in the heart of the Vatican Museums is a veritable zoo containing many different animals carved in stone. Dalu Jones Classic sleuths Talking to the award-winning author Lindsey Davis whose detective novels are set in Ancient Rome and its empire. Diana Bentley Taking the helm What can we learn about the Guisbrough Helmet when we examine it using non-invasive methods? David Sim

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