Ancient History 46
Release: October 2023
Theme: Oracles and divination
The gods were omnipresent in the ancient world. The ancients believed they controlled every aspect of people's lives, from the weather to whether a fisherman had a good or bad catch that day. The ancients also believed they could learn what they needed to do — where to fish, what day to travel — to achieve the best result by asking the gods. How the ancients contacted the gods and what they might ask them is the subject of Ancient History issue 46 — divination!
Ancient History 47
Release: December 2023
Theme: Greeks and Scythians
In the seventh century BC, Greek ships landed on the northern shore of the Black Sea to found new colonies, as many had done so before throughout the Mediterranean. There, they met a people unlike any they had ever met - the Scythians, nomadic pastoralists who wandered the Eurasian steppe from the Danube to the Altai mountains. In this issue, we will explore Greco-Scythian cultural relations, from their first meetings to Greco-Scythian art to the enigmatic Amazons.
Ancient History 48
Release: February 2024
Theme: The Hunt and Hunting in Antiquity
Hunting in antiquity was commonly conceived of as a passtime of high esteem, an elite activity. However, how people thought about the act of hunting was different for each and every culture. Some, such as the ancient Greeks, saw hunting as a part of military training. Others, such as the Romans, saw hunting purely as a sport, erecting vast game reserves and hosting mock hunts in gladiatorial games. This issue will explore the act of hunting and how it was perceived in many different cultures throughout the ancien world, from Bronze Age Egypt to the Iron Age Celts.
Ancient History 49
Release: April 2024
Theme: Diplomacy in the Hellenistic world
The Hellenistic period began with the division of Alexander the Great's empire among his generals, rivals, and enemies, into vast kingdoms. For nearly three hundred years, these kingdoms existed in a complex web of interconnecting relations, sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent. The history of the Hellenistic period is full of mentions of embassies and marriage alliances involving these kingdoms, and the many states they interacted with. This issue will examine diplomacy in the Hellenistic period.