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 Purcell, Henry - and Dido and Aeneas
  - brief biography
 Purchas's Pilgrimage - and Kubla Khan
 Pure Food and Drug Act - in 1906
 Pure Land Buddhism - or the cult of Amida
 purges - in Russia in 1934-8
 purging - as routine treatment in 18th century
 Puritans - in 16th-century England
  - brief account
 purple - symbol of authority
 Purusha - in Indian creation story
 pus - origin of 'laudable pus'
 Pushkin - and Mozart and Salieri
 Pushto - and the Pathan tribes
 Puss in Boots (pantomime)
 Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
 Putney - bridge in 1729
  - and Swinburne
 Puy de Dôme - and atmospheric pressure
 Pwllheli - and Plaid Cymru
 Pygmalion (Shaw)
 Pygmies - in equatorial Africa
 Pym, John - one of the Five Members
  - brief biography
 pyramid - at Saqqara
  - at Giza
  - at Moche, Peru
 pyramids - method of building in Egypt
 Pyramids, Battle of the - in 1798
 Pyramids of Sun and Moon - Teotihuacan
 Pyrenees - treaty in 1659
 pyrite - making fire
 Pyrrhus - and Pyrrhic victories
 Pythagoreans - and music
  - and astronomy
 Pythagorean theorem - right-angle triangle
 Pytheas - Greek explorer
 Pythia - priestess of Apollo at Delphi
 Pythian games - at Delphi
  - and Charioteer of Delphi
 Pyx, Trial of the
 Qaboos bin Sa'id - sultan of Oman
 Qafzeh - and early modern man
 Qalabani - ambush by the Sotho in 1880
 Al-Qanun f'il-Tibb - by Avicenna
 qasidah - Arabic poem
 Al Qasr as Sa'id - treaty of 1881
 QE2 - launched in 1967
  - brief account
 Qianlong emperor - and embassies from Europe
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