About Us

We are 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

Studying history helps us gain a more nuanced understanding of 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 and interact with other cultures. We help people across the globe gain a deeper, fundamental knowledge of our interconnected human past in order to create curious, open-minded, and tolerant societies in the future.
 

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

Our Work

.eu Web Award

We want to make history engaging and compelling, inspiring our users and visitors to learn more. We target the digital generation by sharing an array of historical topics and narratives through 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 it 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 were the proud winners of the .eu Web Award for education in 2016, and we have organisational and media partners in Europe, North America, and South America. Ancient History Encyclopedia has also received grants from cultural and research organisations in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Our Goal

Ancient history is only the start: Our goal is to create the world’s leading general history resource online, covering all time periods of human history on a global scale. Education is at the core of what we do, which is why we are working to develop more useful tools and resources for teachers and students as well as the general population too.

 

 

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 poor presentations or tainted with a distinct nationalist agenda.

Jan also had the idea that history was 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 in the United Kingdom, 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