About Us

We're a non-profit company publishing the world's most-read history encyclopedia.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve history education worldwide by creating the most complete, freely accessible and reliable history resource in the world.

Our Vision

History is fundamental for understanding the world we live in today. Our knowledge and interpretation of history shape how we define ourselves as nations and as cultures, and it influences how we see other cultures. We help people across the globe gain a deeper knowledge of our globally connected human past, in order to create a more open-minded and tolerant world in the future.

We help teachers, students and schools by providing them with reliable, easy-to-read and high quality educational history resources entirely for free.
General Public
Public Awareness
By creating an engaging and exciting encyclopedia, we have inspired millions to learn more about other cultures and our shared human past.
Cultural Heritage
History is hugely important for understanding the world today. It shapes how we define ourselves as societies and how we view other cultures.

Our Work

.eu Web Award

We want to make history engaging and interesting for everyone, inspiring them to learn more. We target the digital generation by telling exciting historical stories using text, video, interactive features, social media and mobile apps.

Every submission to the encyclopedia is carefully reviewed by our editorial team, making sure only the highest quality content is published to our site. Our publication follows academic standards but is written in an easy-to-read manner with students and the general public in mind. As a result, our publication is recommended by many educational institutions including: 

We're also proud winners of the .eu Web Award for education in 2016.

Our Goal

Ancient history is only the start: Our goal is to create the world’s leading general history resource, covering all time periods of human history, freely accessible on the internet. Education is at the core of what we do, which is why we aim to provide more useful tools to teachers and students, such as interactive content, videos, mobile apps, and teaching resources.



Our Story

Ancient History Encyclopedia was founded in 2009 by Jan van der Crabben. He realized that the internet was missing a reliable and comprehensive resource for ancient history. What was available online was either scattered across various websites, illegible due to bad presentation, or had a distinct nationalistic agenda.

Jan also had the idea that history was not linear (as it’s taught in most school coursebooks), but rather a very parallel type of story, where everything is interlinked. After much programming on a netbook during daily train rides from London to Horsham, the site was launched to the public in August 2009. Since then, it has grown from a small history website to the largest and most popular history encyclopedia on the internet.

2016 16,700,000 unique visitors
2015 12,200,000 unique visitors
2014 6,700,000 unique visitors
2013 2,600,000 unique visitors
2012 872,000 unique visitors
2011 307,000 unique visitors
2010 43,000 unique visitors
2009 6,000 unique visitors