Jiří Bartůněk comes from a town near the Ještěd mountain, where he completed his secondary studies at a technical school specializing in the building industry. Having moved to Brno, he went on to graduate in Classical Archaeology from Masaryk University; he gained his doctorate in Ancient History. He has lived in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Iceland. He works as an archaeologist and historian with interests in technical, social, military, eschatological and other, lesser-known aspects of ancient civilizations. His main professional purpose is popularization of history for the general public, which he achieves by his publications, exhibition-related work at museums, and practical demonstrations including fencing shows.