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Bringing ancient history into the 21st century

  • Date26 October 2018

A professor at Royal Holloway has develop a brand new website dedicated to bringing ancient history into the 21st century for students and teachers alike.

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Richard Alston, Professor of Roman History at the Classic Department, created the Ancient Roman History website to enable teachers and A-Level and undergraduate students studying classics and ancient history as a one-stop-shop where they can source all the information needed for their studies.

This means there is no real need to buy copious amounts of heavy and sometimes, expensive, text books, as well as not being able to find reference books at their local libraries.

The website focusses on the political and social history of the period from the Battle of Actium in 31 BC to the death of the Emperor Trajan in AD 117 and aims to guide students and teachers through this complicated period of history.

The site provides links to key visual and written resources and offers core historical information. In addition, it suggests ways in which people might approach the period and its core issues.

Richard Alston, Professor of Roman History at Royal Holloway, said: “I decided to create this website as classical history, especially Roman History, can be very difficult to navigate, and it is not always easy for students or teachers to find the information or references they need.

“I wanted to give the users information to be confident in finding their own answers, and perhaps even to ask new and more interesting questions about the historical matters themselves.

“Understanding history is so important and I hope this new website will help with that.”

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