Guidelines

Want to write for antigone?

The hundred-plus writers who have volunteered as Antigone contributors cover a broad range: students, schoolteachers, lecturers, professors, and public intellectuals, spread across the UK, several other European countries, North America, and Australasia. Our articles will therefore necessarily channel a wide range of perspectives. But we hope that contributors will write in a spirit that reflects the main aims of the site:

  • to introduce the world of Graeco-Roman antiquity to readers who may not have had the benefit of studying these subjects in their own education.
  • to show that engaging with these cultures can be exciting, constructive, rich and rewarding for people based anywhere in the modern world.
  • to provide the tools and information to help people immerse themselves in this material: we do not seek to cordon off certain areas as ‘too difficult’ or ‘experts-only’, nor to avoid exploring the more complex and debated aspects of antiquity.
  • to build and support informal links internationally between Classics students, something that cannot currently be very well done outside the university system.

With these aims in view, articles for Antigone should interest the reader who is curious about the ancient world but who may have no formal education in the subject. In particular, we hope that our articles are readable and thought-provoking to readers in the age bracket 15-30 worldwide, as well as to anyone else who finds themselves fascinated by the subject. Our articles nevertheless seek to be lively and interesting enough to reward Classics students and teachers.

Although length is negotiable based upon the topic, most of our articles will be between 800 and 1200 words in length. Shorter paragraphs are desirable to aid readability online. We will illustrate all pieces with several images to break up the text, and would be glad to receive any suggestions you may have in this regard.

We welcome direct and detailed engagement with Greek and Latin texts where relevant. Please include English translations with any ancient language you cite. It is entirely your choice whether you wish to provide your own translations, or to credit a published version.

We encourage engagement with the arguments of other scholars, past and present. If an article or book is openly available online, please provide a link to it; if not, please summarise the argument clearly and/or cite their work directly (and, if necessary, at length), since we cannot guarantee that our readers will be able to chase up the reference.

Our articles should provide readers with the necessary details to join the debate, and to pursue the subject further elsewhere. If applicable to your topic, please list a few pieces of further reading at the close of your piece. Footnotes can be hosted – but we do not seek to republish formal academic articles just under a jauntier title!

We understand that new visitors to the world of the Classics will not necessarily have to hand a map that tells them what to look for. We therefore hope to index our pieces with half a dozen keywords of a simple format (e.g. ‘Greek Literature’, ‘Philosophy’, ‘The Future of Classics’). Please do provide a list of the terms that best suit your piece.

Finally: we are unfortunately not in a position to pay for contributions, but welcome with open arms those who are willing and able to write for the love of the subject and the good of its future.