Josho Brouwers studied Archaeology & Prehistory (1998-2005) at the VU University Amsterdam. At the same institution, he also wrote a PhD thesis (2010) on warfare in Early Greece (Late Bronze Age to Archaic). He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Thessaly from 2009 to 2011 (NWO Rubicon grant). Among other things, he was editor-in-chief of print magazines about the ancient world from 2012 to 2017.
Josho’s dissertation was published in a revised and more accessible form as Henchmen of Ares: Warriors and Warfare in Early Greece (2013). He also wrote a book on Greek mythology, which was published in Dutch by Athenaeum in Amsterdam (2014). Among other things, he works as a freelance teacher and speaker, giving courses and lectures about a wide variety of topics related to the ancient world.
Josho is Editor-in-Chief of Ancient World Magazine.
Back in 2018, Josho Brouwers, Matthew Lloyd, and Joshua Hall started a podcast and website on speculative fiction called Pod Bay One. The website (and podcast) no longer exist, but we do get the occasional request to make the episodes available again, so here they are!
In ancient stories, including Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan prince Troilus is killed at a young age by the Greek champion Achilles. In the Middle Ages, he became the lead character in a love story that paired him up with a young woman called Cressida.
On the occasion of his retirement, Brent Davis and Robert Laffineur have put together a Festschrift to honour the life and career of Aegean archaeologist John G. Younger. Josho discusses the book and highlights some of his favourite chapters.
Shortly after he had overthrown the Titans, Zeus was challenged by a monstrous creature: Typhon. The offspring of Gaia and Tartaros, Typhon was a monster with reptilian characteristics and the ability to breathe fire.
One of the most impressive structures of ancient Rome, the Pantheon was a temple dedicated to all the gods. The main room consisted of a large cylindrical drum topped by a dome, with a central hole or oculus allowing for light and air – and rain! – to pass through.
It’s that time of the year again: we’re going on a short break, so we can relax for a bit and prepare stuff for Ancient World Magazine. We’ll be back to our semi-regular schedule on the 1st of September!