This Month's Magazine


May 2017 front cover


The Oracle at Delphi advised the ancient world, yet we know little about the priestesses who gave it voice. The cover story of this month's new-look magazine asks why. 

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Also in this issue:

  • Æthelred the Unready and the Vikings
  • How the Six Day War shook the Soviet Union
  • Romania's problem with Dracula
  • The invention of the stethoscope
  • Plus: transgender history, Anne Boleyn, the medieval slave trade and more.

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Selected articles from this issue

Dr Constantin Paul using the Galante stethoscope,  c.1885. © Science & Society Picture Library

By Melissa Dickson

The stethoscope revolutionised medicine, but it also provoked anxieties about the unfamiliar sounds it revealed.

Bela Lugosi as the eponymous Count in Tod Browning’s Dracula, 1931. Dracula, 1931. Directed and produced by Tod Browning. Cinematography: Karl Freund. Photo: Alamy

By Duncan Light

Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a national hero.

Aegeus, King of Athens, consults the Delphic Oracle, fifth century BC.  © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Bridgeman Images

By Libby Ruffle

The priestesses of the Oracle at Delphi played a pivotal role in the religious life of the ancient Greek world, connecting the human to the divine. 

© Bridgeman Images.

By Paul Lay

Historiography is one of the essential tools for unlocking the past. Without it, history is a bloodless pursuit. 

 Egyptian MiG-21 fighters destroyed on  the tarmac by Israeli bombers, June 5th, 1967.  © Getty Images

By Guy Laron

The Six Day War of 1967, in which Israel devastated its Arab neighbours, also struck a blow against the military prowess of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact satellites.

By Levi Roach

Æthelred the Unready was king of a divided nation that lived in fear of the ‘divine punishment’ of the Vikings. Piety and prayer became his weapons of choice.