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New Novel: Secrets of Hominea

Friday, 26 July 2019 by

Dear friends, My new novel just went on sale! Secrets of Hominea is a magical middle grade fantasy: a tale of giants, gnomes, queens, and adventurers — and of science and history. It’s for readers age 9 to 14. I hope you’ll buy a copy and help spread the word. You can get a paperback

The Jericho River just got a wonderful review/endorsement from Ancient History Encyclopedia! To read it, just click the headline or the image below … Get Your Kids Interested in World History!  

This should grab most kids’ attention — and teachers’ too. Usually, we publish our own articles, but CNN did a great job describing this. Just click the photo to go to the CNN article …

I’m delighted to announce that Ancient History Encyclopedia won at the 2018 Lovie Awards! In fact, we won twice — both the People’s Choice Award and the Silver Medal for Schools & Education. The Lovies are sponsored by Google, and they recognize excellence in the European Internet community. Ancient History Encyclopedia is a non-profit company publishing the

The Real Destruction of Atlantis

Friday, 06 July 2018 by

The ancient Greeks believed an island empire ruled the sea in the distant past. The lords of Atlantis built a mighty civilization, but their pride eventually angered the gods, who destroyed their island with earthquakes and fire, sending it beneath the sea. Atlantis in Comic Books, Fantasy … and History? The Atlantis myth has fascinated

New Excerpt from The Jericho River!

Thursday, 05 July 2018 by

We’ve posted a new excerpt from The Jericho River! It’s an exciting scene where Jason and his companions stumble into Minoan Crete — that odd, ancient land hovering between the Middle East and Greece/Europe. And it’s one of many great examples of the book’s use as a supplemental text for social studies classes — at

I wanted to offer something fun for teachers and students — and for anyone who loves history as much as I do. That’s why I created The Jericho River History Quiz. It’s an interactive educational experience. Test your knowledge, learn revealing truths, and enjoy the colorful graphics, giving you a window into the past. If

The Black General in 18th Century Europe

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 by

Revolutionary France had a black general. His name was Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. He was born in Haiti, the son of a French nobleman and an African woman enslaved on his plantation. Haiti was a French colony then, and young Dumas was a slave under French law. In fact, his father actually sold the boy when he was

Speaks Yoda Olde English?

Friday, 26 January 2018 by

Says Yoda things like: “Powerful have you become; the dark side I sense in you.” Sounds it like speaks he English from the olden days — Shakespeare’s English, maybe. Yet uses not Yoda “thou hast” or “erstwhile” or “thee” — or any other term found no longer in English. Old English does not speak Yoda,

The Magic of History – See the Video

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 by

A little while ago, I spoke at a TEDx conference — to an audience of smart, motivated high school students. My topic was the magic of history. I told the students many of my favorite short stories from past times. I wanted to reveal history’s endless well of fun, excitement, and humor, and to explain

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