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A break for the summer

2020 edition

As is our custom every year, we’re taking a break for a few weeks to relax without the pressure of writing for the website. We’ll be back on the 10th of August!

Written by Josho Brouwers on

The coronavirus is still wreaking havoc in large parts of the world, but at least here in Europe we are slowly returning to something that has a faint resemblance to whatever passes as normal nowadays. In previous years, we always took a break during the summer and we’re doing that now, too, though many of us are staying put.

If you haven’t checked it out already, consider registering for the Wolfson (Ancient) Warfare Wednesdays, a webinar series that showcases recent research into ancient Greek warfare. Contributors Owen Rees, Joshua Hall, and Roel Konijnendijk have each given a lecture as part of this series in the past few weeks, and I will be giving a lecture entitled “Greek warfare and Homer” on the 22nd of July. More information is available on the Wolfson College website, and you can also watch recordings of all the lectures.


With regards to Ancient World Magazine, we’ve published a large number of articles over the past year, and I would like to draw attention to some of them in case you haven’t been keeping up with our output. Especially worth your time, I believe, is what I wrote about the “Cult of Ignorance” and the fact that statues are not mere symbols. My co-editors joined me in tackling a bad-faith argument against the toppling of statues by protestors. We should all strive for a society that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, and sustainable. Black lives matter.

As you may recall, my wife and I visited Crete last summer, and as a result I have written a large number of articles about the island, with a particular focus on the Bronze Age. Even if you’re not able to travel to the Mediterranean yourself this summer, you can read those articles and vicariously experience Crete that way.

We’ve also continued to write about warfare in ancient Greece, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. A special page collects all of our articles that deal with the ancient Greek hoplite and the phalanx. New articles have been published that deal with the Chigi Vase and the notion of the phalanx in Early Rome.

Ancient World Magazine has also attracted new contributors. These include Chris Adamson, who has written about Knossos during the Early Iron Age, and Mauro Poma, who has contributed an article on how the Romans acquired the wild animals that they led into the arena. Be sure to reach out if you, too, would like to write for us.

I am also very happy that we were able to do a few more episodes of our irregular podcast. We did an episode on mercenaries, one on Greek sanctuaries, and then talked for so long about sculpture in the ancient Greek world that we had to cut that episode into two (part one, part two).

When we get back to work in August, I hope that we’ll be able to release new episodes of the podcast on a more regular basis. We’re toying with the idea of doing solo episodes, where it’s just one of us talking for half an hour or so about something. I’ve been working on a script and hope to release such an episode in the not-too-distant future.

And in between working on Ancient World Magazine we also found the time to launch a brand new website: Bad Ancient. I wrote about the website here, its origins and its purpose, and I would encourage you to visit the website yourself. That website won’t be updated as frequently as Ancient World Magazine, but we hope that over time it can grow into an important reference work in its own right.


As always, if you’ve been enjoying Ancient World Magazine (and/or Bad Ancient!) and you would like us to do more, please consider supporting us via Patreon. You can help out for as little as $2 a month.

Finally, if you have any comments or suggestions for us, feel free to get in touch. We also hope that you’ll have an enjoyable summer, wherever you may be, and that you may spend it with the people you love. We’ll be back to our regular schedule in August. See you then!