Spotlight on new Ancient History series: Translated Texts from Antiquity and Liverpool Studies in Ancient History

As LUP continues to celebrate its 120 anniversary year, during History month, we shine the spotlight on two new ancient history series.

Liverpool Studies in Ancient History demonstrates both LUP’s strong commitment to Classics and Ancient History and our mission to publish high quality research for the academic community. Working broadly within the chronological range of 800 BC to 400 AD, the series aims to capture the complexity and diversity of the ancient Greco-Roman world, and to trace trends and transformations within and across regions and time. Within that framework key themes are politics, economy, culture and society.

Series editor Dr Cristina Rosillo-López, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, explains more about the series’ approach:

For me, ancient history is one of the most exciting fields in history right now for several reasons. First of all, the quantum leap had been enormous in the latest decades; my own area of expertise, Republican history, has changed completely its perspectives, approaches, and questions. Orthodoxies have been debated; new questions have been asked; the very ideological foundations of the discipline have been challenged. Furthermore, the whole field of ancient history has engaged in lately much more in-depth with sociological, political and economic new ideas and perspectives. It is also establishing a fruitful dialogue with other periods of history, which provide new challenges and opportunities for dialogue. This new ancient history is what Liverpool Studies in Ancient History is looking for: books that challenge and expand on current thinking and will help to set the agenda for future studies.

First in the series will be Talking to Tyrants in Classical Greek Thought by Daniel Unruh, an original and fascinating study on how ancient Greek writers and thinkers addressed the question of how to communicate with kings and tyrants, whose one-man rule posed direct contradictions with their own democratic systems and philosophy. It raises some pertinent parallels with political discourse today. Second will be Makaira Thessalia: The Identities of a Place and its People from the Seventh to the Second Century BC by Emma Aston. Providing a much-needed up to date study of ancient Thessaly, this richly researched volume will incorporate multiple kinds of evidence to explore Thessaly’s regional identity and its interplay with that of the poleis, with a focus on, first, modes of collective action and interaction, and second, the symbolic means through which a shared sense of identity was expressed.

Translated Texts from Antiquity is a very welcome addition to the Translated Texts series family. It follows the model of the renowned Translated Texts for Historians and Translated Texts for Byzantinists series, extending the reach of these much-used translations back into antiquity, including not just hard to access Greek and Latin texts, but also those from Egypt and the Near East.

General Editor for the series Dr Colin Adams, University of Liverpool, elucidates further:

The Translated Texts from Antiquity Series aims to publish texts and documents from Egypt, the Near East, and the Classical World to AD 300, not readily accessible for historians of these and other periods either because they have not been translated into English before or existing translations are out of date.  Volumes include translations with short commentaries, and extended introductions placing texts in their historical and scholarly context. The series will shine a light on currently more obscure and esoteric texts that will be a valuable and long-lasting resource. Examples currently being worked on include Pomponius Mela and Pliny’s Panegyricus. Proposals for the series are very welcome, see here for more information.

As well as these two new series, LUP also publishes the long-standing Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series which provides accessible editions with text and facing-page translation and commentary of important texts in classical literature.

Proposals for Classics and ancient history titles, either within these series or standalone titles, are very welcome; see series pages for more information or contact commissioning editor Clare Litt.


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