AHE Interviews

By Ancient History Encyclopedia www.ancient.eu | A selection of our exclusive interviews with historians, archaeologists, museum curators, and history writers.

The Jericho River: An Interview with David Tollen

In his first work of fiction, the novel The Jericho River ($12.88 on Amazon/ $9.94 on Bookdepository) David Tollen tells a vivid story by beautifully …

The Merovingians in Paris

The <b>Merovingian kingdoms</b> were arguably the most important polities to emerge after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, blending Gallo-Roman art …

Artistic Creativity in Six Dynasties China

The Six Dynasties period from the third to sixth centuries CE was one of the most dynamic periods in Chinese art history, akin to the European …

The Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland Project

In 2012, <b>Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE)</b> profiled the work of the <b>Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland Project</b>. The central aim of this project was to …

Ancient Indian Flavors – Ancient History et cetera

The flavors and aromas of ancient Persia and India converge in Parsi cuisine. In this exclusive interview, <b>Niloufer Mavalvala</b>, author of <i>The Art of</i> …

The Nabataeans of Ancient Arabia – Ancient History et cetera

Known the world over for their hauntingly beautiful cities of <b>Petra</b> and <b>Mada’in Saleh</b> and engineering acumen, the Nabataeans of ancient Arabia were the …

Samarkand: Recipes and Stories

Filled with ancient, simplified recipes as well as photographs and essays, <b>Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus</b>, written by …

The Librarians of Timbuktu

<b>The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu</b>, by journalist <b>Joshua Hammer</b>, tells the incredible story of <b>Abdel Kader Haidara</b> — a mild-mannered archivist and …

"For the Most Beautiful"--A New Novel

Boldly imagined and exquisitely written, <b>For the Most Beautiful</b>, a debut novel by classicist <b>Emily Hauser</b>, chronicles the defeat of Troy through the …

Egyptian Relations with Canaan

The <b>Israel Museum</b> in Jerusalem is giving the public an unprecedented opportunity to explore ancient Egyptian relations with Canaan during the second …

Visiting The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Español: <i>Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino</i>) in Santiago, Chile is a jewel among the world’s museums and a …

Women Writers in Ancient Japan

The immense cultural achievements of women writers in ancient Japan — <b>Murasaki Shikibu</b> (c. 973 or 978-c. 1014 or 1031 CE), <b>Sei Shonagon</b> (c. 966-c. 1017 …

Virtual Rome: an Interview with Dr. Matthew Nicholls

Luthieros Music Instruments: creators of the Lyre 2.0 Project

Nikolaos and Anastasios Koumartzis of Luthieros music instruments. Photo © Luthieros music instruments.<p>For the ancient <b>Greeks</b>, music was viewed, quite …

Viking Age Food and Cuisine

A Viking reenactor drinking ale. (Photo by Lovisa Olsson.)<p><i>An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey</i> by Daniel Serra and Hanna Tunberg …

Roman World

<i>Tetradrachm</i> with <b>Apollo</b> from Leontini, 435-430 BCE. The American Numismatic Society (1997.9.121). Greek adult men would ritually cut their hair and …

Gold Artifacts from the Ancient Philippines

Vessel in the form of a Hindu <b>kinnari</b>. Surigao Treasure, Surigao del Sur province. Ca. 10th–13th century. Gold. H. 4 ¾ x W. 2 15/16 in. (12 x 7.5 cm). …

Beyond Dubai

<i>“Dubai tries so hard to promote this image of an ultra-modern city that they almost seem to suppress its past.”</i><p>Dubai is a city that elicits sharp …

Nick Brown on 'The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae'

Nick Brown’s latest novel, <i>The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae</i><p>Jan van der Crabben, CEO & Founder of <b>Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE)</b>, recently sat down …

Rediscovering Ancient Colombia's Rich Past

Despite the popular appeal of the legendary city of El Dorado, our collective understanding of ancient Colombia’s history remains largely obscured by …

How Global Heritage Fund Saves Cultural Treasures

Since its founding in 2002, <b>Global Heritage Fund</b> has protected, preserved and sustained the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in …

The Ancient Minoans of Crete

A detail of the dolphin fresco, the Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete, (c. 1700-1450 BCE). Photograph taken by Mark Cartwright for Ancient History …

Traveling in Israel on a Budget

On the shores of the Mediterranean sea, Israel is a country with a rich archaeological and religious history. As a land of great significance for …

Volunteering for History

Unlike Europe, Australia does not have many great structures that need protecting or preserving. It’s ancient history lies in the natural and social …

Everyday Life in Pompeii

Two thousand years ago, <b>Mount Vesuvius</b> – a stratovolcano located close to the Gulf of Naples – erupted with tremendous force and little warning. …

The Aztecs of Mexico

Wings outspread, jagged talons projecting front and back from his knees, his face emerging from an eagle’s beak, this is an eagle warrior. Templo …

The Berthouville Treasure at the Getty Villa

Mercury, 175 – 225. Roman. Medium: Silver and gold. Object: H: 56.3 x Diam.: 16 cm, Weight: 2772 g (22 3/16 x 6 5/16 in., 6.1112 lb.). D: 24 cm (9 …

What Caused the Mysterious Bronze Age Collapse?

The urge to find a single explanation as the cause for such calamitous events seems to come from a modern human need for an easy explanation as often …

The Power and Pathos of Hellenistic Bronze Sculpture

<b>Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World</b> underscores the power, prestige, and pre-eminence of ancient sculpture during the …