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All About History No. 82

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

As one of the most influential figures in ancient history, Julius Caesar’s story is well known and well trodden, but we wanted to focus a little closer on a particular period in the Roman leader’s life; the last few years before he met his bloody end. What has come to be known as Caesar’s Civil War is a story of betrayed former allies, power-hungry ambition, political collapse. It’s the story of a rising autocrat, but also of a collapsing political system fighting for its life and so much more. We’re pleased to have historian and author Paul Chrystal join us this issue to walk us through the key events in the build up to this conflict, from Caesar’s victories in Gaul to the collapse of his relationship with Pompey and ultimately…

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editor’s picks

Gandhi Anniversary To mark his 150th birthday, we welcome Dr Talat Ahmed who looks at the evolution of Gandhi’s protest philosophy and some of the challenges to it Magic And Maths Our own Jessica Leggett explores the fascinating career of Elizabeth I’s alchemist, John Dee, and his peculiar mix of science and mysticism Taking Care We’re delighted to have WWII evacuation expert Gillian Mawson join us this issue to tell the story of the teachers who looked after Britain’s relocated children…

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defining moments

SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT On 5 October 1969 the first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC 1. Created by and starring John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, the show would run for four series until 1974 and spin off into live shows and feature films. The first series included the famous Dead Parrot Sketch, which aired in episode eight. 1969 START OF A LEGACY Seventeen-year old Serena Williams won her first ever singles grand slam at the US Open on 11 September 1999. A hard fought victory over world number one Martina Hingis would kick off a dominating singles career for the next 20 years that has seen Williams win 23 grand slam titles since. The very next day, having won her first singles…

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history of wine

7000 BCE FIRST WINES 7000 BCE The first known evidence of wine production dates back to ancient China. It has been confirmed to have been made from fermented ingredients, similar to rice wine from later periods. 4100 BCE EARLY WINERY 4100 BCE The Vayots Dzor Province in Armenia is home to the earliest known example of a winery. Sitting on the Areni River, the Areni-1 cave houses fermentation vessels and a wine press. 3000 BCE Grape cultivation 3000 BCE The production of wine through grape fermentation comes on leaps and bounds in the Levant and spreads to Egypt where it takes hold in the Nile Delta. Red wine was an important element of symbolic ceremonies given its similarity to blood. However, white wine residue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Did you know? Yeast occurs naturally in the skins…

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roman wine press

Crushing mechanism To exert the pressure on the floating weight above the basket, a large beam that could be as long as five or six metres in length was positioned between two supports. On the opposite side of the beam to the basket, a large screw was placed into a hole cut into the wood. This formed the innovative screw press. The pressing basin When ready and needed, the stomped-upon grapes from the treading pool would be manually transferred to the adjacent pressing basin that contained a wooden basket press. The idea was to carefully extract as much juice as possible from the grapes without crushing the seeds – doing so would release bitter tasting ‘tannins’. Allowed to ferment The fermentation process began when the wine was in the large vessels. The yeast on the…

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cupbearer

HONOURED ROLE While acting as a cupbearer was a position of servitude to the monarch, it was a role often filled by high-ranking and noble members of the court since the person was with the ruler at all times and needed to be trusted implicitly. It was a highly esteemed position to have in the court. FIRST DEFENDER Monarchs through ancient and medieval history were always paranoid about attempted assassinations, but not without reason. The threat of poisoning was real and as such the role of cupbearer was the first line of defence for the life of the ruler. It was potentially a high-risk role. TRUSTED ADVISOR If a cupbearer could be trusted enough to protect the cup of the monarch as well as taste testing all of their food, then it stands to reason…

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