Carly Silver

Carly Silver is a historian, writer, and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. She has written for The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Archaeology, Atlas Obscura,, and History Today, among other publications.

Stories By Carly Silver

The King Who Ordered a Quarantine to Flatten the Curve 4,000 Years Ago

Little was known about the mystery disease that was ravaging the ancient kingdom of Mari. But King Zimri-Lim knew the key to stopping it was social distancing — and no small amount of patience.

This Corrupt Boss Was Charged With Sexual Harassment—3,000 Years Ago

The astonishing legal record of a village in ancient Egypt shows that men using their power to hurt women is a tale as old as time.