Ancient History Blog

  • 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
  • The Kickstarter that could!

    And it’s over. Exactly 30 days ago I clicked the ‘Launch Kickstarter’ button. It felt like a momentous thing to do, and it was certainly... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 6: Synesius of Cyrene

    He is one of the most interesting authors from Antiquity: a philosopher, an aristocrat, a traveler, a sophist, a soldier, a bishop, and a descendant... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 5: Simon of Cyrene

    Cyrene was the hometown of many famous Greeks. Eugammon was the author of an important but lost poem about the events after the homecoming of... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 4: Cyrene

    Cyrene was one of the great cities of the classical Greek world, comparable to Athens, Miletus, Syracuse, and Corinth. It was founded by people from... Read more
  • Cyrenaica, part 3: Slonta

    The day before yesterday, Edwin wrote about the Psylloi, and mentioned, at the end of his article, that several ancient authors attribute to the Libyan... Read more

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