About Us

About

We're a small non-profit organisation dedicated to giving highest-quality history content to the world's history enthusiasts, teachers, and students for free.

Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website.

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We're a small non-profit organisation dedicated to giving highest-quality history content to the world’s history enthusiasts, teachers, and students for free. Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website.

The AHE Team Our team is passionate about history: We want to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting. Here you'll find high-quality articles, videos, interactive maps, and books on ancient history. All contributions are reviewed by expert volunteers who wish to share their knowledge.

Ancient History Encyclopedia is entirely run by volunteers from all over the world. We hail from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Germany, and Italy. We're always looking for people from all walks of life to join our team. 

Key Facts

  • All content is reviewed by our team of expert editors, ensuring highest quality
  • Trusted by teachers around the world as set reading for their students
  • More monthly traffic than the British Museum or the Louvre, and more monthly readers than the world's most popular history magazines
  • Engaging the digital generation: We're telling the exciting stories in history, using all media types (text, image, map, video)
  • Read more about our audience in our media presentation.

Timeline

 

2015 12,200,000 unique vistors
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

 

Our Story

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. 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 website on ancient history on the internet.