Guide for reviewers


The Editorial Committee of the Opuscula invites publishers to submit appropriate books for review. These should be sent to the ECSI Secretary (Contact information).

We hope to increase the pool of reviewers, especially among foreign colleagues, and invite suggestions and self-nominations of scholars who wish to be considered as reviewers. Ideas on relevant books to be reviewed and on how to improve the form and content of the Books Reviews section are also welcome.

Reviewed works should reflect that of the journal at large. Individual works normally receive up to 1,500 words; for reviews of multiple items, 2,000–4,000 words suffice, depending on the publication in question.

Book reviews are made available Open Access on ECSI Book Order following the publication of the annual volume of Opuscula.

Scope of reviews

The Opuscula invites reviews that combine a succinct presentation of the aims, organization, main results/theses, and scholarly context of the work in question with a reasoned appraisal of its scholarly qualities, including open statements of strengths and weaknesses. The Editor of Opuscula reserves the right to edit for content and length. Opuscula does not print replies or responses to re-views.


Review articles and reviews should be sent to the ECSI Secretary.

The review should be preceded by a heading in standard Opuscula format listing the book to be reviewed, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages and illustrations, and ISBN number:

  1. Hope Simpson & D.K. Hagel, Mycenaean fortifications, highways, dams and canals (SIMA, 133), Sävedalen: Paul Åströms Förlag 2006. 254 pp., 16 figs. and 43 pls. ISBN 91-7081-212-8.
  2. Leonard, Athens in Paris. Ancient Greece and the political in post-war French thought (Classical Presences), Oxford: Oxford University Press 2005. 288 pp. ISBN 0-19-927725-7.
  3. Brenk, Die Christianisierung der spätrömischen Welt. Stadt, Land, Haus, Kirche und Kloster in frühchristlicher Zeit (Spätantike – Frühes Christentum – Byzanz. Kunst im ersten Jahrtausend. Reihe B: Studien und Perspektiven, 10), Wiesbaden, Reichert Verlag 2003. 392 pp., 283 ills. ISBN 3-89500-308-5.

G.R. Boys-Stones (ed.), Metaphor, allegory, and the classical tradition. Ancient thought and modern revisions, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2003. x + 305 pp. ISBN 0-19-924005-1.

Author information

At the end of each review, authors should supply their name, mailing address, and email address.


Avoid footnotes and lists of works (except in a Review Article). References should be kept to a minimum and inserted into the text, as follows:

A large number of Levantine amphoras suggested an increased exchange with this area at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age (173).

The author (ch. 3) emphasises the need of additional work in this area, but concludes that preliminary results suggest a rapid decline in the fourth century BCE.

In short, the results further strengthen the initial interpretation by G. Nordquist in OpAth 27, 2002, 121.


Long quotations should be avoided.


The Editor will email authors a PDF- or Word-file with proofs of the book review. While authors may modify the text in minor ways at this point, no major revisions are permitted. Corrected proofs should be returned to the Editor.


The author of a review accepted for publication in Opuscula will receive a pdf-file of the article free of charge.


The ECSI Guide for reviewers is also available as PDF.

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