Roots of the Ancients

The Journey from Crimea to Troy

Welcome to the official website of Roots of the Ancients, a video game designed to transport you back in time to the age of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. 

By following the adventures of two twins, Gwen and Lucas, you will interact with the locals in their native tongue, perform epic quests for the gods, and battle monsters from the folklore of the rich Indo-European tradition.

This project is produced by Andrew Miles Byrd, Brenna Reinhart Byrd, both of the University of Kentucky, and George Landon, the head of the EKU Gaming Institute, along with the help of whole host of scholars and gaming experts from around the globe.

Click on the links below for more information!

Development Team

Excerpt from Lucas’ Journal

Concept Art & Music

Roots of the Ancients has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.