Press Release (10 March 2021)

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce today the launch of Antigone, a new online publication in Classics, Ancient History and related subjects. The website aims to serve as a platform to promote Classics worldwide, opening it up especially to those who have not been able to study the subject formally.

The primary aims of Antigone are:

  1. To introduce any interested reader to the world of Greek and Roman antiquity;
  2. To show how engagement with these cultures can be exciting, constructive, rich and rewarding for people based anywhere in the modern world;
  3. To provide the tools and information to help people immerse themselves in this material: to assist readers in their exploration of the literary texts and material culture of Ancient Greece and Rome; and to aid, encourage and promote study in the technical aspects of the discipline (such as the Greek and Latin languages, linguistics, epigraphy, palaeography, textual criticism, numismatics, visual analysis and archaeology);
  4. To assist professional Classicists in promoting and disseminating their research, in an accessible manner, among the general public.

The contributors to Antigone are united by a love of Classics and a desire to share that enthusiasm with others. Our writers – a mixture of academics, students and writers spread across the world – seek to uphold some of the ideals that found expression thousands of years ago, especially open enquiry, robust debate and the unfettered exploration of ideas.

Our site is now live here, where the first six pieces can be found:

Stephen Fry – The Ghost of Classics Yet to Come

Althea Sovani – Nose Knows Best: How Latin tricks Italians

Tom Holland – Caesar and Sopranos: the Shadow of Suetonius

Anika Prather – Understanding Friendship through the Eyes of Aristotle

Josey Parker – How to be a Classical scholar – and a woman – in the fifteenth century

Edmund Stewart – Why We Need Antigone

A new article will be published every other day. To subscribe to Antigone, sign up here.

We welcome contributions from all interested readers – current students, school and university teachers, and any enthusiast outside the academic world. Please make contact if you would like to suggest writing a piece for us.

Kind regards,

Dobrinka Chiekova (The College of New Jersey)

Gavin McCormick (North London Collegiate School)

Edmund Stewart (University of Nottingham)

Mateusz Stróżyński (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Outreach and Publicity, Antigone