Josho Brouwers studied Archaeology & Prehistory (2005) at the VU University Amsterdam. At the same institution, he also achieved a PhD (2010) on warfare in Early Greece. After his PhD, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Thessaly from 2009 to 2011 (NWO Rubicon grant). Following a brief stint as Lecturer, he pursued a career beyond the campus, eventually becoming the editor-in-chief of paper magazines about the ancient world (2012–2017).
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). He also works as a freelance teacher and speaker, and is gainfully employed as assistant-publisher at publishing house Primavera Pers in Leiden.
Josho is editor-in-chief of Ancient World Magazine.
About 18 kilometres west from Naples is the archaeological site of Cuma, which in antiquity was the home of the Cumaean sibyl (oracle).
Recently, two intact chamber tombs have been unearthed at the Mycenaean cemetery of Aidonia, near the ancient site of Nemea.
We’re taking a bit of breather for the next few weeks. But have no fear: we’ll be back to our regular schedule on the 12th of August.
An examination of some early Greek texts suggests that the term epikouros requires a more complex definition than just “mercenary”.
A life-size statue in Naples is described as “Fortuna-Isis restored as the younger Faustina in the clothes of Ceres.” What does that mean?
Ancient heroes and divinities, like Heracles, are recognizable by their physical appearance and, especially, their attributes.
In classical architecture, we recognize five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. What is this classification based on?
Sculptures featuring the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) crouching were popular in the Graeco-Roman world. Why would that be?
The Maison Carrée (“Square House”) in the French city of Nîmes is considered the best preserved temple of the Roman world.
Did the ancient Greeks name their ships? The answer to that is yes. And with rare exception, the ships were given female names.