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Polis journal Announcement

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 ( 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)

Associate Editors

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)

JHP Prizes for Work in the History of Philosophy

The editor at the Journal of the History of Philosophy have requested that we post the following:

Dear colleagues,

As editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, it is my pleasure to announce the following prizes for recent scholarship in the history of philosophy.

The JHP Board of Directors has instituted an annual prize of $3000 for the best published book in the history of philosophy. The winner of the prize for 2007 is Terence Irwin’s The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study, Volume I: From Socrates to the Reformation (Oxford University Press, 2007).

The JHP Board of Directors has instituted an annual prize of $1500 for the best contribution to the Articles section of the Journal. The prize for 2008 is Richard Foley’s “Plato’s Undividable Line: Contradiction and Method in Republic VI” (vol. 46: 1–24).

For more information, please visit the Journal’s website,

Tad M. Schmaltz, Editor
Journal of the History of Philosophy

ANIMUS Call for Papers on Greek Tragedy

The 2009 issue of Animus will be devoted to the theme of Greek Tragedy. In the Poetics, Aristotle remarks on the philosophical nature of tragedy, in part due to the fact that, like philosophy and unlike history, tragedy deals with universals. At its peak in fifth-century Athens, the performance of tragic drama was an important part of the polis’ religious life, and the dramas themselves often reflected religious and political concerns. The plays explore both theological questions about the relationship between the various gods, between the gods and humanity, and the relation of both humans and gods to the necessity of fate, as well as politico-ethical questions concerning the institutions of state and family, social roles (of foreigners, slaves, and women), the variety of possible ends or goods to be pursued, and virtues of character – in other words, the very questions that would come to be addressed in another form by philosophy.

Animus invites articles which address the literary, religious, political and philosophical meaning of Greek tragedy. We are especially interested in philosophical commentary on particular plays, but will also welcome studies on problems that occur or recur within particular plays. Since tragedy has maintained a lasting impact throughout various epochs of Western thought, we also invite submissions which explore the reception and interpretation of Greek tragedy in subsequent periods.

For further information, please visit our website:

A Call for Papers poster can be downloaded as a PDF here:

Deadline for Submissions: May 01, 2009

Submissions should be sent electronically by email attachment to the address
All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract, maximum length 100 words.

Journal of the History of Philosophy

Tad Schmalz, editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy, requested that we post the following letter to encourage scholars in ancient philosophy to submit to the JHP.

Dear colleague:

I write in my role as Editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy to draw the attention of scholars and students of ancient philosophy (including the philosophy of late antiquity) to JHP. The Journal has an established tradition of publishing excellent peer-reviewed articles, notes, reviews and discussions across the breadth of the Western philosophical tradition. This work has included seminal articles on ancient philosophy. Though there are of course several reputable journals that specialize in ancient philosophy, publication in JHP allows authors to reach not only specialists but also a more general audience that includes those who do not work primarily in this area but who find scholarship on ancient thought to be valuable.

Recent JHP articles on ancient philosophy include:

  • Christine Thomas, “Inquiry Without Names in Plato’s Cratylus
  • Richard Foley, “Plato’s Undividable Line: Contradiction and Method in Republic VI”
  • Hye-Kyung Kim, “Metaphysics H 6 and the Problem of Unity”
  • Jean De Groot, “Dunamis and the Science of Mechanics: Aristotle on Animal Motion”
  • Mark L. McPherran, “Socratic Epagôgê and Socratic Induction”
  • Miriam Byrd, “The Summoner Approach: A New Method of Plato Interpretation”
  • Thornton Lockwood, “Is Natural Slavery Beneficial?”
  • Glenn Rawson, “Platonic Recollection and Mental Pregnancy”
  • Pauliina Remes, “Plotinus’s Ethics of Disinterested Interest”
  • Lloyd P. Gerson, “What is Platonism?”

JHP also has a special Current Scholarship series, which comprises invited critical reviews by senior scholars of the recent literature on various figures or topics in the history of philosophy. Recent and forthcoming contributions to this series that pertain to ancient philosophy include:

  • Mary Louise Gill, “Aristotle’s Metaphysics Reconsidered” (July 2005)
  • Jan Opsomer on Late Ancient Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • Patricia Curd on Presocratic Philosophy (forthcoming)
  • Francesco Fronterotta on Plato’s Republic (forthcoming)

The Journal prides itself on a quick turn-around from submission to decision; in 2007–08, the average time between initial submission and final decision for manuscripts reviewed externally was just 68 days. The average time between final acceptance and publication is now approximately one year. For further information about JHP, please visit our online site at

I hope that you and your students will keep JHP in mind when considering an apropriate venue for your articles on ancient philosophy.  Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions concerning the Journal.


Tad M. Schmaltz

Editor, Journal of the History of Philosophy