Future themes? Send us yours!
In the first years of Ancient Warfare it was a fun exercise to canvass the readership for theme suggestions. It's a way for me to pick your collective brains and consider if they're practicable. It occurs to me we haven't done this for quite some time, so let's revive this tradition right now.
There are rules? Well, yes, there are a few rules that I at least have to keep in mind, and it would be helpful if you did so too.
- The first rule is that it has to be 'doable'. I too am fascinated by the questions we just can't answer because the sources don't tell us, but that makes for a thin theme indeed! We're happy to try and track down the latest research on a topic (in fact, I would hope we're getting better at doing so than in the earlier issues of AW), but I'm sure you understand there are limits.
- The second rule is that the theme has to be new or, if we've tackled it before, a new angle has to be possible. That might be great fun, actually, so if you do suggest well-trodden ground, feel free to bring up new questions that weren't answered before. Need an overview of past themes?
- Third, we want variety. Everyone has their preferences, but we can't have six themes about the Roman imperial navy in one year (did I just show my hand?) ;-) So mix it up!
- Finally, we have to be able to illustrate it. Ancient Warfare is a visual medium and, I believe, our image researchers are pretty good at digging up artefacts, locations, and generally relevant imagery for each article. But these things have to exist. You'd be surprised how difficult the second century BC can be...
That's it. If you tl;dr-ed the rules, that's fine too. I can't guarantee I'll take you up on an idea, but I do love hearing them. Post away below!