In celebration of Black History Month in North America, Ancient World Magazine is publishing a short series of articles looking at the reception of antiquity in the African diaspora and African peoples in the ancient world.
Following the assault of the Capitol Building in Washington DC last week, comparisons with past events have been made that are generally facile and fruitless. Instead, we should seek to explain how violence worked in the past to understand and change the present.
While 2020 has been a difficult year for most of us, it was also a very successful year for Ancient World Magazine, and we are filled with hope for the future.
Thanks to the generous support of our Patreon backers, we will be able to start paying some of our contributors starting on 1 January 2021. We also intend to schedule our podcast more regularly.
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!
If it’s okay for modern protestors to topple statues commemorating dubious historical figures, some argue, why shouldn’t we wipe the monuments of ancient slave-owning societies like the Romans from the face of the Earth?
The ongoing protests against racism have seen protestors deface and destroy statues celebrating dubious historical figures. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has argued that “we need to tackle the substance of the problems, not the symbols.” But this underestimates the significance of material culture.
After some preparation, we are extremely happy to announce the launch of Bad Ancient, a new website dedicated to fact-checking claims about the ancient world.
We don’t often editorialize, but an opinion piece written by science-fiction author Isaac Asimov back in 1980 – in which he tackled the false notion that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge” – is again eerily relevant today.
A very happy New Year from all of us here at Ancient World Magazine. Let’s take a look back and see which ten articles were read most in 2019.