Histos, the on-line journal of ancient historiography, was founded in 1996 by John Moles, then of the University of Durham, who was also its Editor, supported by an Editorial Board of scholars from the UK and North America. Four issues appeared from 1997 to 2000, and many of the articles that appeared during those years have since become standard works in the study of ancient historiography. The website for Histos was hosted by the University of Durham from 1996 to 2011.


In 2010 a decision was made to re-start Histos, under the editorship of John Moles, now of Newcastle University, and with the addition of John Marincola, of Florida State University, as co-editor. The new site, now hosted by Newcastle University, was launched in June 2011, and the earlier material from volumes 1 to 4 was transferred to the new site, the older contributions having been converted from HTML format to PDF.


Marincola stepped down as co-editor in 2014, concentrating his efforts on editing the new series of Histos supplementary volumes. Christopher Krebs of Stanford University became co-editor on 1 January 2015. Following John Moles' untimely death on 4 October 2015, Krebs remained on as sole editor, holding that position until 31 December 2017. As of 2018, the co-editors of Histos are Rhiannon Ash (Merton College, Oxford) and Timothy Rood (St Hugh's College, Oxford). Adam Kemezis of the University of Alberta is currently the Reviews editor, having taken over from Federico Santangelo of Newcastle University who did yeoman service from 2013 through 2020. Marincola retired from Histos in 2023. Adam Kemezis now serves as Managing Editor. Thilo Rising assists the editors with copy-editing and formatting, and maintains the journal’s website. The journal is now hosted at an independent site.


The brief of Histos is rapid publication of high-quality articles and notes on all aspects of ancient historiography and biography (including Jewish historiography, the Gospels and later Christian material) and of in-depth reviews of recent publications in the field. It is not our intention to publish material which is per se historical, unless it illuminates the qualities of ancient historians or biographers (this will be a matter of balance and judgment). All submissions will be anonymously refereed by experts. We aim for a turn-around time of a maximum of three months. We publish in English, French, German, and Italian.


We particularly welcome submissions to Histos from scholars belonging to groups that are historically under-represented in academic journal publishing, including women and scholars of colour. We are monitoring our submissions for equality-related considerations, and aspire to achieve the greatest diversity possible in our field of contributors and authors reviewed.


Histos is listed as an 'international title' in ERIH Plus - European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is ranked as a "Classe A" journal by the Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR) of the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research for sectors D1 (Storia antica), D2 (Lingua e letteratura greca), D3 (Lingua e letteratura latina) and D4 (Filologia classica e tardoantica).


Histos is available online, in a full open-access version (in PDF form). Readers' responses are welcomed.


In response to readers’ requests we have made the site more navigable by the introduction of a ‘search’ facility and of direct links to Jewish, Christian, and Byzantine material.


Histos gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of History, Classics, and Religion at the University of Alberta




Last updated: 14.08.23


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