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.
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!
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.
We aim to connect the ancient world to the world we live in today by doing the opposite of what is normally done: instead of taking our audience back to the cobbled streets of Athens or the senate house in Rome, we’re going to bring those histories to the bars of London and parks of New York City. It's undeniable that the study of ancient civilisations needs a good revamp, and hopefully this project is shaking up educational system to encourage more people to delve into the classics.
Our main audience is on our youtube channel, which has over a thousand subscribers (our instagram is really used to promote this material, along with links to website articles). Moan Inc is very casual, being more conversational in how we approach ancient topics. We use pretty much zero scholarly language and aim to simply make fun of absolutely everything. The idea is to spoon-feed the ancient world to those who are intimidated by it, and hopefully make it way more fun and relatable for them. The end goal is to get people back into the classroom and through the doors of museums, so if we can give them a couple of basic facts to walk in with and make them feel more confident being in that environment, then we've done our job.
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. I was also awarded the "Bluma Trell Prize" for outstanding contribution to classics upon graduating. Prior to that I had been studying since I was thirteen in the British educational system, taking classical civilisation for both GCSE and A-Level. I started Moan because throughout my education, I always felt like the ancient world was taught too seriously, causing many people (including myself) to want to shy away from it. There are a plethora of teachers and examination boards putting emphasis on memorising a specific date or the details of someone's clothing in various myths, rather than allowing students and newbies to just really enjoy the mythologies and histories of the ancient world.
Since graduating and leaving academia altogether, I've been managing a pub. Since February of 2018 I chose to work in the service industry in order to have enough spare time to devote myself fully to creating this project. The pub has given me a better understanding of who Moan's audience is - even allowing me to test out topics on our regulars to find what the general public are really interested in, and what ancient stories really get them excited! Connecting with these people has reminded me that everyone wants to learn about the ancients, it's just a question of how to engage them.
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
The Ozymandias Project
Our goal is to improve and expand the accessibility of the ancient studies for all, by facilitating conversations about the ancient world through the lens of contemporary storytelling; and to analyze the achievements of the ancient world, our future aspirations, and the actions we can take to make the ancient studies more relevant to a modern audience. We will be fostering conversations with scholars and entertainment industry professionals through our bi-weekly podcast, social media post, promotional ads & archaeogaming videos.
Alexandra "Lexie" Henning - Founder/CEO & Podcast Host and Daniel Maday - Executive Producer & COO
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 so that the public can become more familiar with what's going on in academia and can find ways to access new research in a reliable way. We offer free and paid courses for those who wish to learn more in a more private or focused format. We also believe that it is important to prioritize giving a voice to frequently underrepresented and/or marginalized communities in academia, including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and graduate and undergraduate students.
Catherine Nuckols-Wilde, Founder. Catherine is a Mesoamerican art historian who specializes in the art and writing of the Classic Maya. She is currently pursuing a joint PhD in Art History and Latin American Studies at Tulane University, and holds degrees in Art History and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and Brigham Young University. She is passionate about learning and teaching, and believes that scholars have a responsibility to disseminate their research in a way that is accessible to the public.
The Philagora Review
Welcome to 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.
Our Mission: 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.