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Editorial Plan 2021

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 35

Release: July 2021

Theme: Gazing at the Stars: Science and Technology in Antiquity

Whether we enjoyed watching spaceships launch or dreamed of being astronauts as kids, the skies have long held a unique place in the human imagination for thousands of years. Many of the things we take for granted and enjoy as a result of scientific progress were thanks to the ancients, who were looking up at that same sky. This issue shines a light on the relationship between the ancients, technology, and the cosmos. 

  • Astronomy: Egypt, Babylon, Ptolemaic System
  • Egyptian Mathematics (3000 BC-AD 300)
  • Aristotelian Physics
  • How the ancients viewed the cosmos
  • Mythology vs Astronomy: Gods vs Scientists
  • Famous Astronomers and their contribution to ancient and modern science: Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Aristarchus of Samos, Aristotle, Eratosthenes etc.
  • Technological advancements: aqueducts, the first lighthouse, waterwheels etc.

Ancient History 36

Release: September  2021

Theme: Ancient Egypt: Cultural Revival in the Middle Kingdom

  • Literature in the Middle Kingdom: the story of Sinuhe, The Eloquent Peasant, etc.
  • Egyptian advances in science and math 
  • Leading the way: The Golden Age of the Middle Kingdom under Amenemhat III, Mentuhotep II, the Pharoah who reunited Egypt after the fall of the Old Kingdom, etc..
  • Opening the gates to the Afterlife: Burial practices and changes that occurred during the Middle Kingdom 
  • Artistic and architectural resurgence 

Ancient History 37

Release: November 2021

Theme: Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My! Animals in the Ancient World

  • The Egyptian gods: half-human, half-animal, fully animal, which animals were revered and why? (cat, falcon, ibis, scarab, cow, crocodile, ram, etc.). The discoveries of large numbers of mummified animals at certain sanctuaries such as Tuna el-Gebel. 
  • Woof! Dogs in Greek and Roman culture: used for hunting, for sports, as guard dogs ( Odysseus' dog Argos). Animal tombs to revere loyal four-legged friends.
  • War machines: Horses, elephants, and other animals used in ancient warfare.
  • Animals for sport: Arenas and games
  • Animal husbandry and food production
  • Hunting in the ancient world
  • Mythological beings: Centaurs, Sphinx, Lamassu, Unicorns, Chimaera, Cerberos, Ammit, Pegasus etc.
  • Greek and Roman gods and their animal attributes: the owl of Athena, the eagle of Zeus, the hunting dog and stag for Artemis etc.
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