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Timeless Travels Magazine Review

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TT_LogoTimeless Travels magazine is a cutting-edge publication combining narratives of personal travel with in-depth history. It provides a reader with travelogues, historical narratives, reviews of museum exhibits and tours, and the latest news on archaeological excavations and their significance. The magazine is a must-read for anyone interested in history, travel, or the world at-large and is available in stunning print editions or online in easy-to-use formats.

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Behind the Scenes

AHE won the .eu Web Award

With immense pleasure and excitement, I can announce that Ancient History Encyclopedia has won the .eu Web Award 2016 in the Laurels (education) category! This is great confirmation that providing accurate and easy-to-read history information for free is appreciated not only by teachers, students, and history enthusiasts around the world but also by major institutions within the European Union.

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All of the 2016 .eu Web Award winners on stage in Brussels, Belgium. Jan and James from Ancient History Encyclopedia are in the background on the left hand side of the picture.
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Sulaymaniyah Museum Honours AHE’s Osama Muhammed

It is with great pleasure that I report the honour bestowed upon Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin, one of the key contributors to Ancient History et cetera: In conjunction with International Museum Day on 18 May 2016, the Sulaymaniyah Museum honoured Osama’s contribution to the development of the museum, through the publication of several articles detailing the museum, its artefacts, and its discoveries here on AHetc.

We’re incredibly proud of Osama’s achievement, and grateful for his unique and highly interesting contributions to this site, giving us a glimpse of the treasures of Iraq, which are otherwise inaccessible to most of us.

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Interviews

Sumer: A Digital Board Game with an Ancient Twist

Sumer is a digital board game inspired by M.U.L.E. and the Epic of Gilgamesh. Race across the Ziggurat in ancient Sumer to harvest barley, herd goats, and sacrifice to the great goddess Inanna. Sumer draws on modern Eurogame design elements like worker placement, territory control, and auctions. Its unique innovation is to place these into an action video game.

In this exclusive interview, Jan van der Crabben, CEO and Founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE), sat down with developers of Sumer at Game Developer’s Conference 2016 in San Francisco as they walk us through their accomplishments.

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Inanna being worshiped. Photo © Sumergame.com
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Travel

Our Rome Visit in Photos

In late January 2016, Jan (CEO) and James (Communications Director) went to Rome to present at the EAGLE 2016 Conference at La Sapienza University. The conference was about Latin epigraphy and the Europeana project, and our presentations were about how academics, historians, and archaeologists could reach a wider audience. But when in Rome… one has to see the city! We could not help being pulled in by the Eternal City, drawn to wander around and explore its ancient heritage. When it comes to history, Rome is like the mother lode… very few cities in the world (if any) have such a concentration of historical sites and buildings!

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Behind the Scenes

Happy Holidays & 2015 Summary

Happy Holidays Wide

Dear Readers!

Once again, it’s that time of year. Most of our readers are ready for the festivities of Christmas, gathering with their families, and enjoying a festive moment. Most of our team will do the same, and we wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

2015 in Review

It’s time to look at what we’ve achieved in 2015… Quite a lot, in fact! It’s been a very good year for Ancient History Encyclopedia.

Let’s have a look at some numbers, with comparisons to last year:

Reach

  • We’re now the #1 ancient history website and the #4 general history website in the world
  • Surpassed 1,000,000 monthly unique readers, currently 1.7 million
  • Served a grand total of 12,184,308 unique readers on Ancient History Encyclopedia, helping them learn about ancient history (+82%)
  • Served a grand total of 65,442 unique readers on Ancient History et cetera, sharing our love of history (+216%)
  • Grew our newsletter to 5,100 subscribers (+200%)
  • Our content has been widely and repeatedly cited by publications such as:
    – National Geographic
    – BBC
    – New York Times
    – Time
    – CNN
    – Huffington Post
    – Guardian
    – American Spectator
    – Vox.com
    – IFL Science

Content

Organisation

  • We have five new team members, more than in any other year
    – Dominique Chapman – Photo Editor
    – Fiona Richards – Advertising Sales
    – Ibolya Horvath – Editor
    – Jade Koekoe – Blog Editor
    – Milad Alshomary – Programmer
  • More than doubled our monthly revenue

Social Media

  • 30,000 followers on Twitter (+500%)
  • 19,200 followers on Flipboard (+380%)
  • 13,000 followers on Tumblr (from zero)
  • 10,000 followers on Instagram (from zero)
  • 6,000 followers on Google+ (+140%)

Now we’re eagerly looking forward to 2016, as we’ve already got exciting plans for the next year, focussing on more, better, and more diverse content!

Thank you for following and supporting Ancient History Encyclopedia!

Happy Holidays!

Kind regards,

Jan van der Crabben
CEO & Founder
Ancient History Encyclopedia

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Planet Knowledge Partnership

Planet Knowledge

The AHE team is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Planet Knowledge, a company that you will certainly be interested in. They are a free to watch documentary video on demand channel, available on smartphones and tablets (iOS & Android), Samsung SmartTVs, and even FreeviewHD in the UK and Ireland.

They don’t just cover history, but also nature, culture, science & technology, travel, and children’s documentaries… and their selection is growing every month! Most videos are free and supported through advertising, but similarly to AHE, you can pay a small monthly fee to watch ad-free.

To start this partnership, we’ve published two full-length documentaries on Ancient History Encyclopedia:


The Lost Gods: The Maya

The Lost Gods: The Romans

 
Expect more to come in the future, and watch out for AHE content on Planet Knowledge in early 2016!

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Behind the Scenes Education

Our Little-Known but Amazing Tools for History Buffs

With several thousand pages, Ancient History Encyclopedia is huge! There are a few features on our site that most people don’t know about, but which are absolutely amazing! So come give our amazing tools for history buffs a try:

Searchable Timeline
We’ve got a searchable timeline of ancient history. Just enter a date range and a few keywords and you’ll see a list of timeline entries. You can even search by event category, such as warfare or philosophy. By searching the world timeline, relationships between events appear that you never knew were there.

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Interviews

Novelist Nick Brown on ‘The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae’

Nick Brown’s latest novel, The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae

Jan van der Crabben, CEO & Founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE), recently sat down with Nick Brown, a teacher of archaeology and now novelist, to discuss his latest title: The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae. Brown’s book is a work historical fiction centred on the battle of Thermopylae, as told from the perspective of a foot soldier.

AHE: Mr. Nick Brown, thank you for granting AHE this interview. In a few sentences, what is the basic plot of The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae ?

NB: Wooden Walls follows on from Luck Bringer and is a research-based novel. I wanted to fill in the gaps with evidence based conjecture to flesh out a great narrative. The Athenians have won their battle at Marathon and Athens is a city seething with fear and treachery as it awaits the revenge of Xerxes, king of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. It tells the story of the desperate alliance between Sparta and Athens, and how it led to Thermopylae and the destruction of the city of Athens. It also gives a flavour of the experience of the men and women who lived through these years, providing an answer as to how the three hundred Spartans came to die in the pass of the Hot Gates.

AHE: What is it that fascinated you so much about this particular period in history?

NB: I cannot understand why this period with its range and excitement is neglected in fiction when compared to Rome. I have been fascinated by this period since studying ancient history at university. Early on, I had to produce a piece of work on the Athenian general, Miltiades, who led the Athenians at Marathon. I found it amazing that a renegade like Miltiades managed to persuade the hostile Athenian politicians to leave their city and face what looked like certain death on the beach at Marathon. Within two years the Athenians tried and convicted Miltiades for acts against the city.

What happened? This period of Greek history is the foundation of Western culture, but in 490 BCE this nascent democracy looked unlikely to survive.  And yet in a period of about fifty years, modern politics, philosophy, architecture and drama were born. The story of those years is one of sacrifice, courage and innovation unrivalled by any other time.

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New Record: 1 Million Monthly Readers

It’s an immense pleasure to tell you that we’ve just surpassed a major milestone this month: We now have over 1,000,000 monthly unique visitors on Ancient History Encyclopedia! A million! Every month. Wow… mind blowing.

This is by far the biggest success we have ever celebrated here at the AHE team in our six-year history. This makes us without a doubt the world’s #1 ancient history website: We were already ranked the world’s 11th history website overall on July’s data where we only had 675,000 unique visitors, with no website specific to ancient history in front of us. Now there’s no possible doubt that we’re the #1 for ancient history!

When I launched AHE over six years ago, I had no idea we would ever reach such heights. It was just a little side project… Now it’s a non-profit organisation with 14 amazing team members (all very dedicated volunteers), countless contributors from all over the globe, members & donors who support us financially, and partnerships with many other reputable organisations. We’ve become kind of a big deal now, and we get more traffic than all but two of the world’s top 10 museums. I’m immensely proud of the amazing team we have, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.

Literally millions of students, teachers, and history enthusiasts worldwide rely on us to learn about this amazing time period. Thank you all for your continued support. Whether you’re a reader, contributor, member, donor, or a part of the team: Without your help, none of this would have been possible! You all help us in our ongoing mission to publish the best ancient history information on the internet, for free.

Thank you all for making this success story happen!

Jan van der Crabben
CEO & Founder
Ancient History Encyclopedia