Ancient History Blog

  • Heroes 7: the chronological debate

    Two weeks ago, I blogged about Nanni of Viterbo (1437-1502), the man who claimed to have rediscovered several ancient texts that confirmed what the bible... Read more
  • Ancient aristocracy

    The term ‘aristocracy’ derives from the Greek and means literally kratos (‘rule’) of the aristoi (‘the best’). However, our ideas of what constitutes an aristocracy... Read more
  • Heroes 6: the master hoaxer

    Today, I am resuming my series on the great scholarly heroes who were fundamental to the study of Antiquity. (For earlier instalments, go here: 1... Read more
  • Piecing together the history of Greek art

    If you follow a course on ancient Greek art history, you’ll probably be told that figurative art all but disappeared entirely in Greece in the... Read more
  • Caracalla

    Although we still have to publish the first issue of Ancient History Magazine, we’re already busy with the second one. We have been considering “the... Read more
  • Titanic Titans?

    Before Zeus and his siblings seized control of the cosmos, the world was ruled by a group of gods referred to as the Titans. The... Read more
  • More addictive than cocaine

    Some time ago, Valley Games re-released The Republic of Rome. In the mid-1990s, we used to play this extremely complex board game for hours and... Read more
  • Hercules the drunk

    A few months ago, I visited the Carthage exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities here in Leiden (which is now closed till December as... Read more
  • Moving forward

    Three weeks ago, the Kickstarter campaign to launch Ancient History Magazine came to an end. As you may remember, we received all the money we... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 7: Renewal

    When Synesius died in 413 AD, he feared that Cyrenaica would be conquered and completely destroyed by Laguatan nomads. “They have taken the land as if... Read more

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