The History Problem

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."
- George Orwell

In every country of the world the school curriculum presents history with an agenda; every history curriculum has its own national angle, giving a different understanding of what happened. In many countries facts are left out or even changed, often for nationalistic reasons. How can we understand the present if our understanding of the past is flawed?

At Ancient History Encyclopedia we believe that ancient history is too important to be found in expensive books, on private homepages with a nationalist agends, or less reliable Wikis. The internet is available in every country on earth, and it deserves reliable high-quality educational history information.

What We Publish

We are a digital humanities educational website with a global vision: to provide the best ancient history information on the internet for free. Our information is balanced for different points of view, as we want to present history from every angle. We publish definitions and articles presenting the ancient past along lines commonly-accepted enough to enable a student to reference them in coursework and for an instructor to accept them without question. At the same time, we are keen to present new historical research with novel approaches, as long as it falls within the realm of serious academic research.

Everything we publish must be easy to read and understand, but at the same time well-researched, academically referenced and up-to-date with the latest historical findings. To that end, editorial review is a key component in our publication process. In short: We aim to be the best, widest, most accurate and most user-friendly ancient history resource there is.

"Story" is a key component in the word "history".

We also believe that history is exciting. "Story" is a key component in the word "history", and we aim to convey in all our published content our belief that history is the greatest story ever written. Students, enthusiasts, and educators alike will hopefully find our material not only informative but also engaging.

Digital History: Interlinked

Despite being a story, history is not linear -- it is parallel: What happens in one part of the world has an impact on other parts. This is why digital media are much better-suited to history education than books of the dead-tree type (which still have their place, of course). All our content is interlinked automatically, as articles, images, and timeline events are often relevant to more than a single subject.

We combine different media, subjects of study and historical periods in ways never seen before that will help the understanding of both the "big picture" and the detail. Our content is constantly expanding, as new material is added and old material is revised; and in the process new connections are made all the time.