Created 2005/04/06 (April 6)

Main Attractions

  • Timelines Don't know what you're looking for?
    Browse our timelines by era and / or geographic region. Find something interesting or just explore!
  • Reference Shelf Looking for something specific?
    Locate a topic quickly in Chronicle Subjects, find a page you've visited before in our Site Index, or try any of our reference volumes.
  • Get Involved! Express Yourself at the Roman Forum!
    Find all the ways you can get involved with Earth Chronicle, or learn more about us.
History is Now

Welcome to Earth Chronicle – we're building the best public domain library on Earth. Browse our collection, see what you like. Our articles and media are thoroughly checked for quality and accuracy. And since it's all public domain, you can use anything you find without the need to ask anyone's permission. No copyrights, no copylefts, nada. You can trust what you see, and use what you trust. Period. Earth Chronicle is that simple.

We also invite you to contribute articles and other content to Earth Chronicle; we accept material on almost every topic imaginable. Earth Chronicle is dedicated to history, but really... what isn't part of history? So if you'd like to help out with your own special expertise, check out all the ways you can help, whether it be football, photography info or a collection of images, music in any form or media, cooking, math and science, or the kind of history you read about in history textbooks. All our articles and media files come from you, we all build Earth Chronicle together. You can think of us like Wikipedia except that we rigorously review everything before it's posted; or like Encyclopedia Britannica except that everything is public domain, or like National Geographic except that you write all the articles and take all the pictures. To make this as simple as possible, we include a contact form at the bottom of every page. So contact us if you know another fact about the topic, or find a typo, if you have something to add, find something wrong, or have a question or comment. Get involved if you want to share your knowledge, if you have a collection of your best photographs, if you've created some beautiful artwork, if you'd like wider exposure for your newest font, if you've made some killer musical loops, or a fantastic set of videos. Support Earth Chronicle by helping us build a better site and a larger library, so find out how you can volunteer your special talents and make this the best site ever.

While we hope you can help us achieve this broad vision, we currently specialize in world history, the kind you find in textbooks. We've even developed a simple summary that makes world history more simple and comprehensible. While it's great to study Napoleon and Caesar, the US Civil War and the Industrial Revolution, it's hard to see how everything relates when all you have is names and dates. Our timelines help condense history into sensible eras that give you a place to start. Once you understand that broad outline, it serves as a mental framework for world history, like a bookshelf with labels that helps you store all those dates and names; so the next time you read about the Mongols and the Mughals, you can keep them straight because you know where in your mental bookshelf they go (e.g. the Mongols go on the Medieval era shelf, but the Mughals belong on a shelf with Renaissance India facts). Check out our Timelines to see how all those pieces fall into place.

And as you'd expect for a sophisticated website, we have expertise in a wide variety of internet technologies. Check out our information on programming, including advice and best practices. Or stop by and learn from our projects at Earth Chronicle Beta; we'd love to hear your feedback on our next generation of upgrades.

New!

Check out our new OO - CSS references and galleries. [chroniclemaster1 2010/10/09]

Coming Soon

Our Timelines are coming on line as we speak; check out what we have up. We're busily revising and fleshing out several years of notes in order to get everything ready for you. :D

:D Hurray! We've found public domain Mercator maps compiled from elevation data taken by NASA and JPL's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in beautifully intricate color detail. These will form the core of Earth Chronicle Atlas, and be posted as soon as we can.

Check out what we're in the process of designing at our Beta website. We'd love your feedback.

See what we'd like to design (especially if you'd like to help!) on our Website Log.

Or just keep your eyes open. Do you have anything to add to an article? Find a typo, or a factual error? Have a question or a comment? Use our contact form to get in touch.

"Stars fade like memory the instant before dawn. Low in the east, the sun appears golden as an opening eye. That which can be named must exist. That which is named can be written. That which is written shall be remembered. That which is remembered lives."

Ellis, Normandi, trans. Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press, 1988. 43.