Since 1978 Polis: the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought has published ground-breaking scholarship on classical Greek political thought, its history, and its later reception. The journal’s Editorial Board would like to inform the academic community about some important developments in the structure, coverage and organization of the journal.
First, as of 2018, Brill will increase the frequency of Polis from two issues to three issues annually. This will offer authors the opportunity to publish their work in a distinguished journal in a timely fashion; furthermore, the additional issue will allow Polis to publish more book reviews for a field of scholarship that has experienced a robust growth over the last few decades.
Second, Polis will broaden its research domain to include articles on all aspects of Hellenistic and Roman political thought and their subsequent reception. Recent decades of scholarship have demonstrated that the Greek polis and civic political thought, far from dying at Chaironeia, remained vibrant in the centuries after Alexander, both preserving traditional features and developing in new directions. Polis will now provide a forum for debate about citizenship and civic ideals across the Hellenistic world. The new scope of the journal will also encourage studies, not only of the Greek polis across its history, but also of the different political structures and theories of both the Hellenistic dynasties and the Roman civitas. The continuities and differences between all three forms of political institution offer fruitful opportunities for inquiry, both within each historical period, comparatively, and in relation to the reception of those institutions in subsequent historical periods. Our goal is to make Polis a preeminent source for theoretical, historical, and reception-orientated scholarship on both Greek and Roman political institutions and thinkers.
Third, in conjunction with these important developments, three new associate editors have joined the editorial board: Carol Atack will oversee submissions on Greek political thought, Benjamin Gray will oversee submissions on Hellenistic political thought, and Daniel Kapust will oversee submissions on Roman political thought.
Examples of Polis’ published scholarship can be found at the journal’s website (www.brill.com/agpt). The editorial board looks forward to publishing ground-breaking scholarship and book reviews not only on the polis, which gave birth to concepts such as democracy and tyranny, but also on the civitas, which both developed and offered novel alternatives of political organization to the polis. The scholarly field of Greek and Roman political thought has reached a level of sophistication and academic seriousness that calls for a journal commensurate with the academic promise of that field’s scholars. Polis takes these major editorial steps in order that it become the preeminent source of publication for this exciting and growing research domain.
Yours sincerely, with best wishes
Executive Editor of Polis
Kyriakos N. Demetriou (University of Cyprus)
Carol Atack (University of Oxford)
Benjamin Gray (Birkbeck College, University of London, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Daniel Kapust (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Rosanna Lauriola (Randolph-Macon College)
Peter Liddel (University of Manchester)
Thornton C. Lockwood, Jr. (Quinnipiac University) (Book Reviews)