Every year, we take a break for a few months to recharge and prepare for the coming year. Normally, we schedule our break in July, but this year we decided to do so in August. We get to relax for a bit and prepare articles – and hopefully more! – for the months ahead.
The coronavirus pandemic is still with us and has claimed the lives of many people, including some within our own personal circles. The only way to combat the disease is to remain vigilant, to keep your distance, wear masks whenever possible, and to get vaccinated. Please, stay safe.
On a positive note, we’ve grown quite a bit since last summer. Dr Owen Rees, the driving force behind our sister website, Bad Ancient, has joined the core editorial team here at Ancient World Magazine and has contributed a number of articles. I am also very pleased that the eminent Dr Jo Ball has joined the team as contributing editor; she has also penned an article on the Varus Disaster that will be published in September.
Back in November of last year, we announced that, thanks to our supporters on Patreon, we could finally start paying at least one contributor a month. We were actually able to pay a few more. As a result, we published a number of paid articles on a variety of subjects, including the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gandalf and the ancient deity Mithras, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, Benito Mussolini’s role in preserving ancient Roman monuments, archaeological projects on the web, a discussion of the musical Hadestown, a deep dive into the Odyssey, a discussion of Aristotle’s model of correct and deviant government, and, most recently, an article on Nisus and Euryalus, two characters from Virgil’s Aeneid. We also published a number of articles as part of this year’s Black History Month.
Our slush pile contains a fair number of articles and proposals from contributors both old and new, including some who have previously written for Bad Ancient. Our hope is that we can get a fair number of these processed in August, so we can start releasing them from September onwards. And we have the Early Rome essay contest: the winner will be announced in September, too.
We’re also looking forward to receive more submissions. If you have an academic background in the ancient world and a good idea for an article, we encourage you to write for us. From September onwards, every month has a particular theme, but feel free to submit a proposal on any topic that you feel is interesting. Ancient World Magazine has a large readership, so our website offers an excellent opportunity to reach a lot of people.
As always, if you’ve been enjoying Ancient World Magazine and/or Bad Ancient, please consider supporting us via Patreon. Our patrons enable us to pay contributors from outside of the core editorial team, adding valuable fresh voices to the site. You can help us out for as little as $5 a month.
And finally, if you have any comments or suggestions for us, feel free to get in touch. We also hope that you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your summer with the people you love.
We’ll be back to our semi-regular schedule in September. See you then!