Ancient History Blog

  • Teaching Greek mythology

    Since 2006, I’ve regularly given courses and lectures on a variety of topics related to the ancient world for various institutions specialized in adult education... Read more
  • The purpose of an archaeological museum

    Last year, I visited an exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum here in Leiden. The exhibition was on the Merovingians. One of the display cases... Read more
  • Themes and content

    If you know AHM’s sister (or is that brother?) magazines Ancient Warfare and Medieval Warfare, you’ll be familiar with our themed setup. A large part... Read more
  • Creating a cover

    Starting a magazine is quite an adventure, especially if you’re like me and your only experience is a series of students’ magazines. I find it... Read more
  • Ancient History Magazine: the survey

    If you’re not Apple, Inc, it’s a pretty basic rule that when you plan to launch a new product – or in our case, a... Read more
  • The joy of history (2)

    We were the first, after a millennium or two, to visit the site and know what had happened there. Early in the morning, we had... Read more
  • The world of Homer

    The ancient Greeks believed that a poet named Homer composed the epic poems that we refer to as the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer’s floruit is nowadays usually dated around 700... Read more
  • The joy of history (1)

    I don’t remember the date, but it was at least an hour past midnight… no, this story needs a different beginning. For some time, my... Read more
  • Useful links on the ancient world

    While not everyone has a well-stocked library at home or access to a decent public or academic library, there is still a wealth of good... Read more
  • The happiness of King Croesus

    In his Histories (1.29–34), Herodotus claims that when Croesus, the king of Lydia (r. 560–ca. 547 BC), had established his dominion over western Anatolia, all the wise... Read more

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