HISTORY

The ideas behind Big Ancient Mediterranean were first discussed by Sarah Bond and Paul Dilley in Fall 2014; soon after this discussion, Bond joined the Classics Department at the University of Iowa.  Both were already closely involved with Digital Humanities, in complementary areas: Bond’s specialties are geospatial data and text encoding, while Dilley’s focus is textual analysis and social networks. Bond and Dilley were intrigued by the possibilities of leveraging the ancient world’s impressive and growing body of linked data to provide an innovative platform for research and teaching. While exploring possibilities for BAM’s interface, Bond and Dilley reached out to Ryan Horne, then the acting director of UNC’s Ancient World Mapping Center and PhD candidate in ancient history, to join the team as lead developer. Horne has now received his PhD and is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, Institute for Arts and Humanities, and the History department.