Ancient History Encyclopedia is a non-profit educational website with a global vision: to provide the best ancient history information on the internet for free.
We combine different media, subjects and periods in interactive ways that will help readers understand both the "big picture" and the detail. Editorial review is a key component in our process to ensure highest quality.
We pay for our expenses mainly with the help of donations from our readers, but a small part also comes from advertisements and book referrals. All money we receive is invested in improving our service to the world as a free educational digital humanities website.
The Ancient History Encyclopedia's mission is the presentation of materials related to ancient history via the Internet to a diverse audience for free. With in-depth definitions, high-resolution illustrations, a broad range of articles, searchable timelines, an interactive map of ancient history (in development), and a continually updated catalogue of ancient history books, the Ancient History Encyclopedia envisions itself as a guardian and supplier of exceptional resources, enhancing the public's knowledge of the ancient world.
We are a community of exchange, a community of passion, and a community devoted to the promotion of a comprehensive take on the ancient world.
Find out more about our goals and what motivates us on our vision statement.
At the Ancient History Encyclopedia, we employ technology as a means to cultivate an appreciation of the distant past. In addition to our growing presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn), we offer our own app via the Google Chrome Web Store and are constantly retooling our interactive features. With an audience of over 100,000 visitors a month, the Ancient History Encyclopedia continues to grow while attracting new followers and talent.
Ancient History Encyclopedia was founded in 2009 by Jan van der Crabben. As a designer of historical computer games, Jan realized that the internet was missing a reliable and comprehensive resource for ancient history information. Most information was either scattered across various websites, was nearly illegible due to bad presentation, or had a distinct nationalistic agenda.
At the same time he had the idea that history is not linear (as it is taught in most school coursebooks), but rather a very parallel type of story, where everything is interlinked. He envisioned a website where pieces of information were shared across different but relevant subjects, and where each page is built automatically, taking precisely the information that is relevant for that subject from a vast database of historical data.
After much programming on a netbook during daily train rides from London to Horsham and several months later, the first working version of Ancient History Encyclopedia was born. Again a few months later, in August 2009, it was launched to the public. Since then, it has grown from a small history website to perhaps the largest and most popular website on ancient history on the internet.
In March 2012 Google selected us to be a featured app on the Google Chrome Webstore. In June 2012, Jan van der Crabben, Joshua Mark, and James Wiener registered Ancient History Encyclopedia as a non-profit company in the UK.