What is AATAW?

Who are we?

All About the Ancient World (AATAW for short) is an online platform that hosts educational video presentations on any topic related to the ancient world.

While the members of our core team all have graduate backgrounds in classics, archaeology, history, and philology, we aim to place these fields in a broader context of disciplines that deal with the ancient world at large.

Our presenters are early career researchers (ECRs), which we define as anyone who is currently enrolled in, or has graduated in the last three years from, a graduate program (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., post-bacc, etc.). We also welcome submissions from ECRs currently working/studying at non-academic research institutions, such as museums and laboratories.

If you’re interested in being a part of AATAW, you can find our call for papers here, along with directions on how to submit here.

If you’re interested in being a part of AATAW, but not sure if you qualify as an ECR, please contact us using the form available here for more information.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about the team behind AATAW, you can find our team page here.

What do we do?

We host free, accessible, educational video presentations on any topic related to the ancient world on our YouTube channel. AATAW is like an academic conference – but online, ongoing, and without any of the fees and additional constraints that often make traditional conferences inaccessible. Our presentations are aimed at a non-specialist, general audience, so they may be enjoyed by academics and non-academics alike. We always include bibliographies and related resources with each presentation to encourage further research and conversation between fellow ECRs, more seasoned academic professionals, undergraduates, secondary school students, and anyone else interested in the ancient world. Because AATAW is not focused on any specific region or culture, our presentations encourage an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to conceptualizing the ancient world.

What are our goals?

  • Promote the voices of early career researcher, especially in the humanities
  • Encourage cross-cultural, global, and interdisciplinary consideration of the ancient world.
  • Foster skills in communicating to a general, non-specialist audience.
  • Make the humanities engaging, relevant, and accessible to the public.

We’re pleased to partner with Save Ancient Studies Alliance