Why Study Ancient History? Introduction.
My name is Thomas Malone. I became interested in ancient history about three years ago when I was driving to a nearby national park by myself. I was feeling rather ruminative at that moment so I decided to listen to an audio reading of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible. While I was listening to the stories in the Book of Genesis I began reflecting on how influential the Bible has been throughout history. Despite the fact that it was written 2,000 years ago, its impact has shaped the modern world in many ways. Christianity actively changes the world every day because there are 2.8 billion followers of Christianity in the world today. The impact of the Bible has also shaped circumstances the people in the modern world have inherited by influencing the course of human history. This is because what humankind is is in a sense a continuation of what it was in the past, and can never truly divorce itself from its history. Just like individuals often use their memories to determine their behavior in the present, the choices made in societies may reflect societal history. As I sat listening to stories that I had heard throughout my entire life, I became very curious about the social, cultural, and material context of the time period in which the Bible was written. That curiosity has remained with me. My interest in ancient history has flowered into a passion about that period in which developments such as writing systems, centralized governments, social stratification and organized warfare first emerged. The ancient histories of the entire world, including Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, the Americas, and all of the other land masses of the world help us to understand humanity, as well as to make sense of the present. The purpose of this website is to share why I believe the study of ancient history is constructive and valuable for everyone.
Here's a list of what you can learn from ancient history!