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Editorial plan

Like our other periodicals, Ancient History is not written by in-house editors. We commission articles from expert authors all over the world. Anyone can submit a proposal for an article, either related to a particular theme (see below) or not. If you wish to submit a proposal (title/subtitle, abstract, and a brief biography of yourself), please contact the editor.

Ancient History 28

Release: May 2020
Theme: Failed Pharaohs and the Kings Who Couldn’t   

A look at the rulers who botched it all! This issue will explore failed rulers, bad leaders, and the poor decisions made by powerful people across the Ancient World.

Areas of Interest:
  • Failed Pharaohs
  • Powerful propaganda: rulers brought low by propaganda 
  • Roman turmoil
  • Troubles in ancient Greece
  • Assyrian treachery

Ancient History 29

Release: July 2020
ThemeFashion in the Ancient World

This issue will take a look at fashion across the Ancient World, gender roles and clothing, textile production, and ancient history’s fashion trendsetters.

Areas of Interest:

  • Changes in Romans style
  • The “Fashion Police”: Was there an ancient equivalent to “Sumptuary laws”? Who could and couldn’t wear certain articles of clothing (wearing the Emperor’s purple etc...).
  • Fashion restrictions on women’s attire
  • Fashions for men – grooming, societal expectations on what it meant to be “manly”, and fashion trends in men’s attire in the Ancient World
  • Deviance - on the fringes of society: attire and its meaning
  • Egyptian fashion - make-up, the influence of the Pharaohs

Ancient History 30

Release: September 2020
Theme: Women in ancient History: Policy vs Private Life

The issue will explore the lives of women across the Ancient World with a focus on public policy vs private life.

Areas of Interest:

  • Love, marriage, and family: society’s expectations of women
  • Administration and autonomy: Where did women have the most autonomy and why?
  • A woman’s work is never done: the working lives of ancient women
  • Social elites vs. peasant women: what roles were women expected (and permitted!) to play?
  • ”Wonderwomen”: women who and crossed barriers to change history

Ancient History 31

Release: November 2020
Theme: Judaism 

  • The Jewish Revolts
  • The Babylonian Captivity
  • The Second Temple
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

Ancient History 32

Release: January 2021
Theme: Scandals that Rocked the Ancient World! 

The ancients were not immune to infamy. This issue explores some of the most controversial and explosive scandals in Ancient History. From political fallouts, backstabbing (literally!) to salacious sex scandals, this issue promises to raise more than just a few brows! 

Areas of Interest:

  • The fall of Sejanus (Head of the Praetorian Guard under Tiberius)
  • Egypt's animal mummy 'scandal' - empty mummies
  • Cheating at the Olympic Games: An Age Old “Sport” 
  • The assassination of Julius Caesar 
  • Deadly infatuation:  the handsome youth Harmodius that led to his death
  • Caligula, Nero etc...
  • Open to other suggestions!

Ancient History 33

Release: March 2021

Theme: Ancient Cyprus


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