Instructions for Authors

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CP is a peer-reviewed journal, and aims for a ten-week turnaround period for refereeing submissions.

Statement of Editorial Policy
CP is devoted to publishing the best scholarly thought on all aspects of Greek and Roman antiquity, including literature, languages, anthropology, history, social life, philosophy, religion, art, material culture, and the history of classical studies. We also welcome contributions on the reception of classical antiquity, as well as on the interaction of Greece and Rome with other ancient cultures. CP is committed to both rigorous scholarship and the development of new approaches, and seeks to represent the full range of intellectual diversity across the field. Traditionally, we have published both longer articles and short notes. The length of contributions varies with the subject matter, but we do not normally consider submissions above 45 double-spaced pages. Authors are limited to one manuscript submission to CP per year.

A.  Submitting a Manuscript:
It is the policy of Classical Philology not to review papers that have been published elsewhere or that are being evaluated for publication elsewhere; in addition, a paper may not be submitted elsewhere so long as it is under consideration by CPCP sends out all submissions to be reviewed anonymously. Please observe the following guidelines when submitting a manuscript:

  1. The entire text must be double-spaced and typed in a 12-point font. There should be ample margins, and pages should be numbered. Notes should be formatted as footnotes (no endnotes, please); include a list of literature cited. The author should submit either a PDF or a doc file, or send a printed copy.
  2. The author's name and affiliation should appear only on the cover letter that accompanies the submission.  No indication of the author's identity should appear in the submission itself; references to the author's own work should take the same form as references to the work of others; acknowledgments or other remarks that could reveal the author's identity should be withheld until the paper has been accepted.
  3. Please send an abstract of 100 or fewer words along with the paper. This is intended for the purpose of locating referees.
  4. Transliteration of Greek, if used, should be limited to single words or phrases of two or three words; longer phrases or sentences should be typed in Greek.
  5. All Greek and Latin quotations should be accompanied by a translation, and the translator should be identified. 

Please submit all manuscripts via Classical Philology's Editorial Manager Website.

For any questions about the submission process, please contact the journal office at

B.  Preparing an Accepted Manuscript for Publication:
It is understood that, in return for publication, Classical Philology has the exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right of first publication and the non-exclusive continuing right to reprint, republish, display, distribute, license, archive, and use the contribution in any language, format, or medium, either separately or as part of a collective work. After a manuscript has been accepted, the Managing Editor will send directions to the author on how to prepare the manuscript for publication. General editorial principles follow The Chicago Manual of Style16. Following are basic guidelines:

1.  Greek proper names may be spelled in either the Greek or the Latinized form, provided that the form chosen is used consistently within the paper (except in quotations).

2.  Quotations in any language that are longer than two lines of verse or several lines of prose should be presented as indented double-spaced extracts (block quotations).  Long extracts should be avoided unless the precise wording of the passage quoted is crucial to the argument.  Authors should incorporate all quotations smoothly into their own texts. Translations of longer passages of Greek or Latin should be included and the source(s) of the translations noted.

3.  Italics should be reserved to distinguish words and phrases in foreign languages (including all Latin not in block quotations) and the titles of ancient works or modern books and journals.  The use of italics for emphasis should be avoided.

4.  The author is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all references to primary and secondary materials.

5.  References to primary sources should be treated as follows:

a.  In the body of the text, references should include, where appropriate, the unabbreviated name of the author, the full title of the work (in italics and with the first letter capitalized), and the book, line, or other necessary numbers.  Arabic numerals should be used throughout.  References must be inclusive, with first and last lines, etc., cited; "f." and "ff." should be avoided, e.g.:

Aeschylus Agamemnon 14-27, 100-106, 1125-30.
Thucydides 2.40.2-3.
Aristotle Metaphysics 1087a29-b4.
Jerome Contra Rufinum 1.25-30.
Codex Theodosianus 13.3.11.

b.  In parenthetical references and in the notes, the author's name and the title of the work should be abbreviated according to the list of abbreviations found on pp. xxix-liv of the Oxford Classical Dictionary4.

To prevent the accumulation of a large number of very short notes, references to primary sources that are not accompanied by additional remarks or citations should normally be given in parentheses in the text.

6.  References to secondary literature should appear only in the notes and only as each item becomes relevant.  Classical Philology’s style of reference for secondary literature is the author-date form of citation, with a list of cited literature at the end of the main text.

Titles of journals are abbreviated using the American Journal of Archaeology list, to be found on its Web site (, under “submissions,” supplemented by abbreviations as in L'Année philologique.

All page references must be inclusive.

a.  A book or monograph is cited in the notes as follows:

Holmes 1923, 297.
Austin 1960, 154-57.
Bassignano 1974, 18 n. 1.
Mandouze 1982, 1: 510-25.

These citations then appear in the list of literature cited, at the end of the article, as:

Austin, R. G., ed. 1960. M. Tulli Ciceronis “Pro M. Caelio Oratio” 3. Oxford.
Bassignano, Maria Silvia. 1974. Il flaminato nelle province romane dell'Africa. Pubblicazioni
      dell'Istituto di storia antica dell'Università degli Studi di Padova 11. Rome.
Holmes, Thomas Rice. 1923. The Roman Republic. Vol. 1. Oxford.
Mandouze, A. 1982. Prosopographie chrétienne du Bas-Empire. Vol. 1, Prosopographie de
      l'Afrique chrétienne (303-533). Paris.

b.  An article appearing in a journal or encyclopedia is cited in the notes as follows:

Szanto 1905, col. 2861.
Collot 1965, 185-221.
Rusten 1985, 121-40, esp. 124-26.

The above articles then appear in the list of literature cited as:

Collot, Claude. 1965. La pratique de l'institution du suffragium au Bas-Empire. RD 43: 185-221.
Rusten, Jeffrey. S. 1985. Interim Notes on the Papyrus from Derveni. HSCP 89: 121-46.
Szanto, Emil. 1905. Ephoroi. RE 5.2: 2860-64.

c.  An article appearing in an anthology or other collective work is cited in the notes as follows:

Clover 1982, 15.
Bloch 1963, 195-96.
Schmidt 1975, 200-20.

The above then appear in the list of literature cited as:

Bloch, Herbert. 1963. The Pagan Revival in the West at the End of the Fourth Century. In
      The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century, ed. Arnaldo
      Momigliano, 195-210. Oxford.
Clover, Frank M. 1982. Carthage and the Vandals. In Excavations at Carthage 1978
      Conducted by the University of Michigan, vol. 7, ed. John H. Humphrey, 1-21. Ann Arbor,
Schmidt, P. L. 1975. Die Anfänge der institutionellen Rhetorik im Rom: Zur Vorgeschichte
     der augusteischen Rhetorenschulen. In Monumentum Chiloniense:  Studien zur
     augusteischen Zeit; Kieler Festschrift für Erick Burck zum 70. Geburtstag,
     Eckard Lefèvre, 183-216. Amsterdam.

C.  Preparing Book Reviews and Review Articles for Publication:
All book reviews and review articles are invited by the Book Review Editor. Authors of book reviews and review articles should use the following style of citation.

1.  The first citation of a book or monograph is as follows:

Thomas Rice Holmes, The Roman Republic, vol. 1 (Oxford, 1923), 297.
R. G. Austin, ed., M. Tulli Ciceronis “Pro M. Caelio Oratio” 3 (Oxford, 1960), 154-57.
Maria Silvia Bassignano, Il flaminato nelle province romane dell'Africa, Pubblicazioni
      dell'Istituto di storia antica dell'Università degli studi di Padova 11 (Rome, 1974), 18 n. 1.
A. Mandouze, Prosopographie chrétienne du Bas-Empire, vol. 1, Prosopographie de l'Afrique
      chrétienne (303-533)
 (Paris, 1982), 510-25.

Subsequent citations of the same work should appear in shortened form:

Holmes, Roman Republic, 1: 297.
Austin, “Pro M. Caelio” 3, 19-37.
Bassignano, Flaminato, 19 n. 17.
Mandouze, Prosopographie, 1: 323-31.

2.  The first citation of an article appearing in a journal or encyclopedia is as follows:

Emil Szanto, “Ephoroi,” RE 5.2 (1905): 2860-64.
Claude Collot, “La pratique et l'institution du suffragium au Bas-Empire,” RD 43 (1965):
Jeffrey S. Rusten, “Interim Notes on the Papyrus from Derveni,” HSCP 89 (1985): 121-40, esp.

Subsequent citations of the same article should appear in shortened form:

Szanto, “Ephoroi,” col. 2861.
Collot, “Pratique,” 191.
Rusten, “Interim Notes,” 133-37.

3.  The first citation of an article appearing in an anthology or other collective work is as follows:

Herbert Bloch, “The Pagan Revival in the West at the End of the Fourth Century,” in The Conflict
      between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century, ed. Arnaldo Momigliano (Oxford,
     1963), 195.

Frank M. Clover, “Carthage and the Vandals,” in Excavations at Carthage 1978 Conducted by the
     University of
 Michigan, vol. 7, ed. John H. Humphrey (Ann Arbor, Mich., 1982), 1-22.

P. L. Schmidt, “Die Anfänge der institutionellen Rhetorik im Rom: Zur Vorgeschichte der
     augusteischen Rhetorenschulen,” in Monumentum Chiloniense: Studien zur augusteischen
     Zeit; Kieler Festschrift für Erich
 Burck zum 70. Geburtstag, ed. Eckard Lefèvre (Amsterdam,
     1975), 183-216.

Subsequent citations of the same article should appear in shortened form:

Bloch, “Pagan Revival,” 200-202.
Clover, “Carthage,” 15.
Schmidt, “Anfänge,” 195-96.