About Us

We're 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.

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
General Public
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

We work to engage the digital generation: We are 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.

We aim to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting for everyone. Our publication follows academic standards, but written in an easy-to-read manner with students and the general public in mind.

Ancient History Encyclopedia is entirely run by dedicated contributors and volunteers from all over the world. Our multi-cultural team is as neutral and as objective as possible, which is why we’re a completely independent organization.

Our Goal

Ancient history is only the start: We are working 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.

We also plan to make our content available in other languages and other formats, such as printed books.

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, etc.)
  • Read more about our audience in our media presentation.


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

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 website on ancient history on the internet.