Shaping 2019: Introducing the Cambridge Philological Society Prize
As the year draws to its conclusion, the Cambridge Philological Society was pleased to see that three articles in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (published between 2015 and 2017 in our society journal – The Cambridge Classical Journal) featured among the most downloaded papers of 2018! It’s fair to say that the journal is a place where exciting, cutting-edge research on ‘all’ aspects and materials relating to the Classical World can be presented and discussed.

To this end, we recently established the Cambridge Philological Society Prize; the prize will be awarded – in both 2019 and 2020 – for the best article by a graduate or early-career researcher published in the journal and belonging specifically to the field(s) Classical Archaeology and/or Ancient History. It is intended to encourage the journal’s long-standing tradition of publishing high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of Greek and Roman studies, from all scholars – something we’ve been doing since our very first issue back in 1882.

The closing date for 2019 submissions is 15 January 2019, so time is of the essence! The winner will be announced at the Cambridge Philological Society’s Annual General Meeting (usually in May) and awarded £1,000, shared equally between the authors of a jointly-authored submission.

Celebrating 2018: A retrospective look at our ground-breaking research
The Cambridge Classical Journal is well known for pieces that have helped to alter the direction of the field. To celebrate both the work of our contributors and the commitment of The Cambridge Classical Journal to fostering excellence in research and opinion, the articles below will be made freely available to download during the coming break (21 December 2018 to 4 January 2019): they include the three articles in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History mentioned above, plus another one which was featured in our latest issue.


Nathan Arrington’s Talismanic practice in Lefkandi: Trinkets, Burials and Belief in the Early Iron Age dealt with trinkets found in Early Iron Age burials at Lefkandi and showed that they were meaningfully and deliberately deposited with children as talismans or amulets.

In Damnatio Memoriae or Creatio Memoriae? Memory Sanctions as Creative Processes in the Fourth Century AD, Adrastos Omissi considered how memory sanctions, far from being a mere process of destruction and erasure, could in fact be quite generative as emperors used oratory, ceremony and triumphal architecture to memorialise their fallen enemies.

P.A. Davies’ Articulating Status in Ancient Greece: Status (In)consistency as a New Approach demonstrated the descriptive and interpretive usefulness of the notion of status (in)consistency by applying it to two case studies from the Greek world.

In, Style and Personhood: The case of the Amasis painter, David Wheatley explored the benefits derived from the application of notions of personhood and agency to the crucial discussions of style within Classical Archaeology.


Wishing everyone a wonderful start to the New Year, happy reading and happy holidays!

Alessandro Launaro, Editor


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