Month: June 2011

New Servers

We have just moved Ancient History Encyclopedia to new servers! The old servers were reaching their limits, and we have now found a load-balanced clustered solution, which spreads the traffic over several servers. Due to the move there have been several errors on the site, as well as some downtime… sorry for that. Hopefully you can now enjoy a faster-loading and more stable Ancient History Encyclopedia! Many thanks to tsohost for helping us with the move!

Exciting Expedition in Bulgaria

There is exciting news from Bulgaria! A team of Bulgarian scientists and archaeologists are excavating an ancient Thracian palace, which dates from the reign of King Teres I (r. 351-341 BCE). The site is located near the village of Starosel vin Hisarya and was at the crossroads of Greek and Thracian influence in Antiquity. Please read more about expedition by clicking here.

Book Review: Atlas of Empires

Peter Davidson’s Atlas of Empires is a very accessible and informative history of all of the world’s major empires, describing the reasons for their rise and decline. Most history books focus on great leaders, battles won, lands conquered, and economies exploited when summarizing the history of an empire.While these are important aspects of empire-building, Peter Davidson uses a different lens to look at empires, as he explains in his introduction:This book, then, defines empire as an unequal relationship between a core state and a periphery of one or more states controlled from the core. To explain how empires have risen, persisted and fallen over the millennia, the core, the periphery and the international situation each need to be examined.The core state is the place to look to find various motives for expansion, from the dream of imposing an imperial peace on squabbling states to the desire for economic exploitation, lust for the glory of conquest or zeal for evangelism, religious or ideological.The periphery is the place to look for crucial resistance or collaboration. Specifically, the …