New Series Announcement / Brill Academic Publishers

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New Series Announcement / Brill Academic Publishers


Series: Companions to Classical Reception
Overseeing Editor: Professor Kyriakos Demetriou
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The rationale: why a new series? Interest in the Subject

“Companions to Classical Reception” is a new series launched by Brill dedicated to exploring every aspect in the history of classical reception as well as the life and work of eminent classical scholars (for the sake of brevity hereafter called ‘classicists') in an all-inclusive and comprehensive way. Our aim in launching the Series is (a) to provide a forum for researchers in the field of classical studies, philosophy and intellectual history and fill bibliographic gaps in the history of classical reception studies, and (b) to contribute effectively to the flourishing area of research in the field of Classical Reception Studies. Thus scholars actively engaged across the whole spectrum of classical studies and intellectual historians, as well as those working on sub-disciplines of classical studies are expected to jointly engage in well-defined projects serving the raison d'être of the Series.

Major Topical Issues and Masters in Classics:

Whereas several studies have so far focused on providing general inventories or historical outlines of representative classicists who pursued outstanding careers, enriched and variously influenced classical studies worldwide by means of pioneering research, discoveries, novel interpretations and methodologies, there is no series entirely devoted to individual classicists who had actually left an enduring legacy to the history of classical scholarship. Previous studies on the subject have been sporadic, occasional and unsystematic, thus the lives and works of many distinguished figures remain until now largely unexplored and, as a result, scraps of them are still pursued in anecdotal memoirs, national biographical resources and encyclopedias.

The Series, that is, standing at the critical interdisciplinary junction of classical studies/ reception studies/ philosophy, intellectual history / history and history of historiography and cultural studies, is intended to implement an ambitious large-scale exploration of undetectable biographical, anecdotal and literary details related to famous classicists, schools of thought and intellectual currents pertaining to the appropriation/interpretation of the classics (Greek and Roman). Edited volumes should aim to offer well-structured multiplicity of expert information and debate about certain classicists and major topical issues.

The Companions should be seen as reference works to which people turn to learn the “basics and then some more” about the subject. Companions therefore need to give as complete an overview of the field as possible, and be in some way predictable about what type of areas will be discussed.

Expected value of the Series (contribution to scholarship)

The Series will fill a widely acknowledged bibliographical need, in terms of (a) providing “Companions” to neglected, un-neglected (and yet insufficiently dealt with) or under-developed fields or areas of studies related to the history of classical reception/appropriation, (b) offering full documentation and analytical accounts of eminent classicists and their influences, and (b) suggesting theoretical frameworks and areas for further research on the history of classical studies.

In conducting their research, contemporary classical scholars inescapably read the history of their own subject. “Companions to Classical Reception” (of Greek and Roman antiquity) is designed to provide to the specialist and the non-specialist scholar, the researcher and the student, comprehensive accounts of that history and thus while learning in more depth the history of their own subject, they will come to terms with the continuity and the fascination of an endless process of classical appropriation within new social and cultural frameworks and transformed imaginaries. Digging into the history of classical scholarship, by means of specific studies of single classicists, is precisely a means to captivate the spirit and modes of thinking that still animate classical studies, while giving new impetus to further research.

To whom the Series is expected to appeal?

The Series is intended to serve non-specialists as well as specialists by providing accessible and yet highly professional and systematic accounts of distinguished classical authors (Greek or Roman) and explorations of their Legacy. Proposals for Companions to “Masters in Classics”, i.e. famous classicists, like George Grote, Moses Finley, Leo Strauss et al. are also welcome.

More specifically, the Series will appeal to people working on a wide range of classical studies, intellectual historians, philosophers, political theorists and cultural historians.

Editorial Policy

Each volume would be a commissioned volume on a classical author or general major topic aiming to provide graduate-level synthesis of debate and the state of scholarship. Expected length is 150-240,000 words, i.e. ca. 400-600 pages. Volumes will be in English and ideally aimed at specialist and non-specialist scholars and graduate (or otherwise advanced) students in classics, ancient history, intellectual history and various other disciplines depending on the subjects of the individual volumes.

As a collective work, each volume is normally expected to be an approximately 3 to 4-year project:

· 6-9 months to set it up (1. basic chapter list / prospective authors and contract to editor, 2. def. list of contributors and Brill's contract authors),
· 2. 18 months to write it (we give the authors 12 months and expect delays)),
· 3. a year to edit it and fill gaps (someone is bound to drop out or fail to deliver) and
· 9 months to copy-edit and publish it.

Volume editors would be asked to propose a plan for the volume using the guidelines set out by Brill with the help of the overseeing editor, and solicit individual chapters.

Proposal Submissions

Prospective Editors should submit a proposal for the Publisher's approval. This proposal should comprise a proposed Volume title, a rationale/synopsis, a table of contents including names of (confirmed) contributors, a short abstract of each chapter, a word count and a time-frame.

More specifically:

1. Aims & Scope
A 1-2 page overview of the work and how it contributes to scholarship. Competitive works should be mentioned.

2. Table of Contents
List of contents including the names and affiliations of (confirmed) contributors. Indicate if any of this information is subject to change.

3. Length
Provide an estimate of the length of the project (number of words including footnotes, number of illustrations, maps and tables). The series will not consider Companion projects of fewer than 120,000 words.

4. Time Schedule
Proposed submission date of the completed manuscript.

5. Market
Prospective readership.

6. CV
Please include a resume of your work experience and publication history.

7. Manuscript Questionnaire
If additional information is needed your will hear from the overseeing editor.

Tentative List of “Companions to the History of Classical Reception” (Proposals on other research areas are welcome; forthcoming volumes contracted)

1. Companion to the Reception of Xenophon, Forthcoming, ed. D. Gish

2. Companion to the Reception of Cicero, Forthcoming, ed. W. F. Altman

3. Companion to George Grote, Forthcoming, ed. K. Demetriou

4. Biographical Dictionary of Women Classicists, Forthcoming, ed. Judy Hallet and Graham Whitaker

5. Companion to the Reception of Homer in Hellenistic Age and Late Antiquity, Forthcoming, ed. C.-P. Manolea

6. Companion to Medieval and Early Modern Platonism, Forthcoming, ed. G. Giglioni and A. Corrias

7. The Classics, Fascism and Nazi Ideology. A Companion, under consideration, ed. Luca Asmonti.

8. Leo Strauss' Classical Studies: A Companion, Forthcoming, ed. Tim Burns

9. Companion to British and Irish Platonism(pending proposal)

10. Companion to the Reception of the Sophists(pending proposal)

11. Ancient and Modern Democracy (under consideration)

12. Classical Influences and the Politics of Utopia. A Companion(under consideration)

13. Companion to the Reception of Euripides(under consideration)

14. Companion to German Platonism

15. Alexander the Great: the Alexander Legend in Western Thought (under consideration)

16. 18th and 19th- century Greek Historiographers and the Classical Tradition

17. Classical Scholarship and the formation of Political Ideologies

18. Neoplatonism, Paganism and the Shaping of Religious Thought

19. Aristotle's Influence in the development of Republican Ideology

20. Greek and Roman Stoicism and its Influence on the Enlightenment

21. Greek Mythology, Philosophy and Latin Poetry

22. German Classical Scholars, Culture and Ideology (1900-1950)

23. (German and British) Romantic Poets and the Classical Tradition

24. Classical Art and its Influences

25. Classical Drama and its Influences

26. The Classics [Greco-Roman] and Economic Theories

27. Companion to the Reception of Thucydides


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