AHM Upcoming Issues 2022-2023
With the release of Issue 40 of Ancient History Magazine, ‘Building Rome’s Border – Hadrian's Legacy in the North’, now is an excellent opportunity to talk about what the future holds for the magazine. We have some excellent themes for future issues in the works, and we are sure you’ll enjoy them when they release.
No. 41 – Akhenaten and the Amarna Period
The next issue, number 41, is going to focus on the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, better known as Akhenaten. During his less than twenty-year reign, Akhenaten brought about significant, albeit short-lived, changes to Egyptian society. Most significantly, Akhenaten abandoned the traditional polytheistic religion of Egypt, instead worshiping Aten, a sun god. He also founded the city of Akhetaten, modern Amarna, and moved the capital of Egypt there from Thebes, ushering in what modern scholars call the ‘Amarna period’. This issue will provide a thorough overview of Egypt under Akhenaten, discussing artistic developments of the period, the city of Akhetaten, and even what was involved in worship of the Aten.
No. 42 – A Day at the Theatre
The theme of Issue 42 will revolve around the singing and dancing spectacle that was the theatre. The theatre was a core part of life in ancient Greece, with theatres built all across the Greek world, from Sicily to Cyprus, and playwrights writing tragedies and comedies that are still considered masterpieces to this day. The Romans adopted and continued the Greeks’ theatrical traditions, constructing theatres across the Roman Empire, with Nero’s love of the theatre leading him to be dubbed the ‘actor emperor’. This is of course, a monumental topic, with a great many avenues for us to explore, such as the origins of theatre, the appearance of politics within plays, and the mechanics of theatrics, but I am sure it’ll be a fascinating issue.
No. 43 – Feast or Famine – Agriculture in Antiquity
Issue 43’s theme will tackle something that is universally necessary in any society – agriculture. It is often taken for granted that people farmed in the ancient world, that people had food and drink, for without farms and food there would not have been an ancient world! However, we want to explore what life was like for ancient farmers. What techniques did they use? What gods did they think were responsible for a bountiful harvest, and what did they do to ensure their goodwill? What happened when a harvest failed?
No. 44 – Homer, Horses, and Hittites – Western Anatolia in the Bronze Age
Issue 44 will explore this region that is so often treated as the periphery to greater powers. Western Anatolia in the Bronze Age is most commonly thought of as the setting of Homer’s Iliad, as the battlefield where heroes fought and died like lions. However, the region has a rich history of its own, illuminated by the many Hittite documents, and is deserving of further study.
Call for papers
We have plenty of ideas in the works in addition to these coming themes, such as the world of the Phoenicians and aspects of ancient tyranny, with more and more ideas every day.
If you like the sound of these themes, or you have something you’d like to see discussed in future, please let us know!
Proposals and/or papers can be sent to: email@example.com