Welcome to Port Ancient, SASA's Partner Project Gallery!
Below, you will find a variety of projects, from purely scholarly work, to podcasts and even operas, which SASA believes help pave the way to Save Ancient Studies and make them more accessible.
Accessible Art History
Accessible Art History is all about creating an accessible space for art history lovers, students, or anyone who is curious to learn about art history and its importance. This is accomplished through social media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook), a blog, and curriculum creation.
Analisa - Founder. Analisa founded Accessible Art History in 2019 to share her passion of art history and education with others. She graduated in 2013 with an honors bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a Master's in Secondary Education with an emphasis in the Humanities from Grand Canyon University. Analisa's speciality is Early Christianity through Medieval art, with an emphasis on pilgrimage and relics/reliquaries.
Archaeologists Anonymous is a YouTube show that makes learning about the Archaeology of the ancient world fun, engaging and informative. Are you interested in learning how the ancient Romans did their hair? How the Persians won a battle against Egypt using cats? Then check out Archaeologists Anonymous, a safe space to be an Archaeology nerd!
Down and Dirty with Naomi
Down and Dirty with Naomi seeks to photograph and document museums and cultural heritage sites around the world in an effort to make the arts and culture accessible to all. With the goal to bring inclusion to those who cannot afford the cost of such trips, entrance fees or other travel costs, or to those who would not be able to physically experience the location. Naomi seeks to record these locations to provide a guideline for the accessibility, to enlightening those who would visit, while also creating open-source 3D renderings of art and artifacts to be made more widely accessible.
Naomi is a Digital Heritage Specialist and a TV/Film Expert with the agency Past Preservers. She is a staunch advocate for intersectional studies and the techniques used to digitize and document the ancient past into a more accessible world. Her main area of interest is the Late Antiquities period of the Mediterranean, with a focus on temples, religious worship, and archaeoastronomy. Naomi’s ultimate goal is to film and document the ancient past, providing tours with accessibility features, as well as create open-sourced 3D renderings and models of artifacts for future researchers. Naomi is a multi-racial woman with hearing aids, fluent in English, American Sign Language, and British Sign Language, and she is dedicated to making the arts and culture accessible to all.
Heygo is a virtual travel platform with the simple goal of making global travel—in all its glory—accessible to anyone, anytime. Introduce your community to live, interactive tours—from Cuzco to Petra—and connect to a global network of guides & Heygoers sharing the places and perspectives they love.
John Tertan is CEO and co-founder of Heygo, a live-streaming travel platform that offers guided, interactive experiences in more than 450 destinations around the world. Inspired by his love of travel and exploration, John and his co-founder Liam Garrison, a classmate at Oxford, created Heygo to bring different cultural experiences to people around the world, all from the comfort of their homes. John was raised in Canada and after graduating Oxford with a law degree, became a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before leaving to build Heygo.
Moan Inc. (which stands for MOdern ANcients) acts as the middle man between the myths we are told as children and the university lecture space everyone tries to avoid. By bringing the ancient world into the familiar light of the 21st century, Moan aims to show our viewers that the ancient world isn’t as tough or complicated to study as one may think.
The creator of Moan Inc. is Erica Stevenson (hi!). I received my Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilisation from New York University in 2017 after graduating in 3 years.
Queer and the Classical
The objective of the Queer and the Classical research network is to bring together young researchers and artists interested in the intersections of queerness and classical material, broadly defined. We aim also to foster new and radical ways to imagine future engagements with the queer and the classical both inside and outside of academia, with a particular focus on creative responses and receptions. This work is not limited to the field of Classics but is necessarily interdisciplinary and even antidisciplinary.
Marcus Bell (he/they), Marcus works on choreographing tragedy at the turn of the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on queer theory and performance studies.
Eleonora Colli (she/her), Eleonora studies the role played by the figure of the simile in disturbing the gender binary, both across classical literature and its modern receptions.
Nicolette D'Angelo (she/her), Nicolette studies the reception of ancient Greek medicine and its receptions, especially with regard to ancient and modern conceptions of gender and sexuality.
The Ozymandias Project
Founded in 2020, The Ozymandias Project LLC strives to connect modern societies to ancient worlds through public outreach initiatives. We provide coaching & consulting services and introduce our audience to game-based learning through Archaeogaming streams and videos via Twitch & YouTube. We also design custom Archaeogaming videos and lesson modules for classroom usage.
Join host Lexie Henning on our podcast Ancient Office Hours, as she chats with thought leaders in academia and the entertainment industry about how they got into their field, their current research/projects, and how the ancient world inspires them. Together they strive to connect modern societies to ancient worlds, examine the practicality of going into ancient studies, and talk about why it’s important to fund the humanities. Our goal is to increase access to information about the ancient world and the people who are influenced by it.
Alexandra "Lexie" Henning - Founder/CEO & Podcast Host
Daniel Maday - Co-Founder & Executive Producer
All About the Ancient World
AATAW is an online lecture series which hosts free, accessible, educational video presentations about the ancient world. We’re like an academic conference -- but online, ongoing, and without any of the fees and constraints which 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. AATAW is dedicated to promoting the voices of early career researchers (ECRs), so all of our presenters are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or have graduated in the last two years. We also welcome submissions from ECRs at non-academic research institutions.
AATAW Team: Emily Prosch, Sierra Schiano, Kristine Mallinson, and Donovan Heidler. All team members have graduate backgrounds in Classics and archaeology
By Jove Theatre Company
By Jove tell old stories in new ways. We take myths, pull them apart, and weave them back
together for a contemporary audience. We elevate women and LGBTQ+ artists, and work to make theatre more representative for all.
By Jove have staged several productions based on ancient Greek tragedy and myth over the ten years we have been working together, including new versions of Medea, Bacchae, the Oresteia and others. We present innovative theatre, poetry and other media with immersive, engaging elements to encourage new audiences to experience these ancient stories.
The company, who work collaboratively on all projects, are: Marcus Bell, SJ Brady, David Bullen, Sinead Costelloe, Susanna Dye, Wendy Haines, Christine Plastow, James Potter, Nicole Savin, Alexander Woodward, Vivienne Youel.
Egyptology State of the Field
The Egyptology State of the Field is an independent, collaborative, international project staffed by volunteers with backgrounds in Egyptology and Egyptology-adjacent fields. This comprehensive analysis of demographic, educational, and occupational data will obtain a snapshot of what Egyptology in the United States is, who Egyptologists are, and where they work. The Egyptology State of the Field is working towards publishing their findings as an open access source with hopes to invite additional voices to suggest improvements and reforms to the field.
Creator and Team Lead of the project is Professor Stacy Davidson is an Egyptologist and ancient historian at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The names and bios of each team member can be found on the project website https://egyptologystats.wordpress.com/our-team/
Immortals Re-enactment aims to bring awareness to the fascinating history of Achaemenid Persia. We do in-person events where we interact with members of the public and offer a tactile experience of what Achaemenid Persian life was like. We also create displays where we recreate ancient battles involving the Achaemenids. We are also experimenting with online sessions for the public and for our members.
Dr Ellie Bennett - Chair: I love the history of the ancient Middle East - in fact, I'm studying for a PhD in it! I love teaching people about the history, and on the field you'll see me with a bow and arrow!
Dr Erik Jellyman - Treasurer: Even though I'm a physicist, I really enjoy the Persian history and culture. You will usually find me with a spear and a sword on the battlefield.
Edward Rowson - Secretary: I became a reenactor when I was 12, and the passion I found the hobby has followed me through my degree and into the exciting world of Immortals Reenactment! You'll always find me with the biggest shield and silliest hat!
Paizomen is a work-in-progress database of video games set in classical antiquity. Its goal is to catalogue all video games set in or based on ancient Greece and Rome as well as to provide a heuristic, methodological resource for the emerging study of antiquity in games. It is an open access website where anyone interested in video games and antiquity can find useful information, academic bibliography, and a blog series where scholars discuss the ancient world in video games, as well as games they are creating themselves.
Alexander Vandewalle is currently a Joint PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp & Ghent University (Belgium), where he studies the characterization of ancient Greco-Roman heroes & gods in video games set in the ancient world. He previously studied Literature & Linguistics: Latin & Greek at Ghent University (MA 2017), as well as Film Studies & Visual Culture at University of Antwerp (MSc 2018). He is the founder and (currently) sole member of Paizomen (2020).
Religion For Breakfast
Religion For Breakfast is a YouTube channel dedicated to the academic study of religion and improving the public's religious literacy. Many Religion For Breakfast videos examine the history and archaeology of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern religions.
Dr. Andrew Henry is a scholar of religious studies. His research focuses on religion in the late antique Mediterranean world.
The Philagora Review
This is one of the leading teenage journals of the Classics, a forum for young scholars to discuss, analyze, and learn. In light of the versatility of our digital platform, we strive to publish various non-textual media offerings alongside traditional written publications. Publishing a quarterly journal for scholars interested in longer articles, we utilize both external submissions as well as internal contributions.
Beyond the simple translations in the classroom, Philagora holds a larger mission for the Classics Community: Revitalize the Classics. We plan on achieving this goal through a equitable, scholarly environment for all students. Our main outputs include articles posted on our website, zoom Q&A's, and a written journals.
Aaron Chung, Co-Founder/Editor in Chief. Julian Dahl, Co-Founder/Editor in Chief. Hamilton Gundlach, Co-Founder/Director of Multimedia.
Altminster is a platform for studying academic subjects outside of the university that matches independent academics with independent students. For students, we provide a listing of online courses and private instructors available. For academics, we provide help in finding students. We also have a growing library of free resources, including large sections dedicated to the ancient world, with lots of material to help those studying ancient history and languages.
Colin Gorrie is a linguist working on making the field accessible to those outside academia through the power of the internet.
Angélica Isa is a museum conservator focused on bringing heritage conservation to the forefront and into the public sphere.
Digital Hammurabi is a public outreach and digital humanities project, the creative brainchild of Assyriologist Megan Lewis which she begun in April 2018. The project consists of a YouTube channel, podcast and animated videos to make the ancient Near East accessible. Megan is ably assisted by a number of friends and colleagues.
Megan Lewis, E. L. Meszaros, Sara Mohr and Dr. Joshua Bowen
Harappa.com: The Ancient Indus Valley Civilization
Harappa.com has been the major website on the ancient Indus or Harappan Civilization (3500-1700 BCE) since 1995. Leading scholars from India, Pakistan, the US, UK, and Europe have published their work in slideshows, essays and articles that cover the basic facts and the latest research.
Too little is understood about the ancient Indus civilization in India and Pakistan. Its unread script makes it hard to be sure about so many things - not the name of a single ruler, place, or even word is known.
In a vacuum, fictions flourish. Yet the pace of discoveries has never been quicker, the number of investigators never larger. We are here to tell you what is really going on.
Omar Khan, Nadine Zubair, Ilona Aronovsky, Jeff Turner, with major contributions by Dr. Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, RIchard H. Meadow and other leading Indus archaeologists and the Harappa Archaeological Research Project.
Mesoamerican Studies Online
The goal of Mesoamerican Studies Online is to help make reliable research about Ancient Mesoamerica more accessible to the general public by creating blog posts and podcast episodes in which we share thematic information (in English and Spanish) about the ancient cultures of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. On the podcast we also interview scholars about their recent projects and we offer free and paid courses for those who wish to learn more. We also believe that it is important to prioritize giving a voice to frequently underrepresented and/or marginalized communities in academia; people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and graduate/undergraduate students.
Catherine Nuckols-Wilde, Founder. Catherine is a Mesoamerican art historian who specializes in the art and writing of the Classic Maya.
Per-Hay Studio brings ancient Egypt to life with two video documentary series on YouTube. Ancient Egyptian Object Stories examines ancient Egyptian artifacts with the goal of teaching the casual viewer about Egypt through objects. Ancient Lives on the Nile examines ancient Egyptian themes with the goal to present ancient Egyptian personhood, focusing on interpersonal relationships and the Egyptian voice, and combatting sensationalist perspectives and interpretations found in mainstream television documentaries.
Briana received her PhD in Egyptian art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2021. Her dissertation examined the spread of Aten cult throughout Egypt and Sudan. Briana's main research interests are the Amarna Period, Egypt's international relations, and archaeogaming.
The American Institute for Roman Culture/Ancient Rome Live
The American Institute for Roman Culture works tirelessly to preserve and protect Rome’s extraordinary and unique cultural legacy through education, outreach, and action.
Dr Darius A. Arya (CEO of the American Institute for Roman Culture) works tirelessly to promote Roman culture and history via digital mediums including social media (Twitter, Instagram) and live-streaming (Periscope, Facebook Live).
The Queer Classicist
The Queer Classicist site was created to share how weird, colourful, and sexual the Ancient World really was. As a Queer student of Classics, Yentl Love was increasingly annoyed by both the heteronormativity and elitism of the field, and so created The Queer Classicist to share research about often overlooked parts of ancient history, in a fun and accessible way. With posts ranging from how antiquity appears in the music videos of Lil Nas X and Harry Styles, to exploring evidence of ancient Transgender lives, The Queer Classicist brings together Classics, Pop Culture and Politics to entertain and educate.
Yentl Love (She/Her) is an independent researcher of Ancient History, and the creator of The Queer Classicist in which she writes about how sexy, weird, and relatable Ancient History can be.