Dear Colleagues and prospective authors,!

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the annual collection of articles on the history of ancient pedagogical culture. Each issue combines scientific articles, original texts, translations of foreign scientific works on the topic and reviews. This allows us to present the reader to a wide range of opinions belonging to representatives of various scientific schools and research areas, and to initiate an interdisciplinary field for scientific discussions on the history of ancient pedagogical culture. The conception of each issue is organised around the indicated theme and is obligatorily discussed with potential authors.

The theme of the fourth issue is "Ancient Education of the Warrior" (materials and proposals are accepted until March 11, 2020). In the Greek and Roman cultures, military prowess and military skills were viewed as decisive factors of what it meant to be a citizen and, in general, a Greek or a Roman. Military memorabilia and trophies were everywhere: on monuments and tombs, in the sculptural decoration of temples and even in the dining halls of private houses, where offensive and defensive weapons hung on the walls, and elegant dishes were decorated with military scenes. The military theme was present in the theater and at the popular assembly, in councils and courts, in markets and at funerals. Antique education always went hand in hand not only with physical education, but also with “literary education,” which implied the study of Homer and other poets who praised military prowess. It was the Latin word “virtus” that, along with the ancient Greek word “ἀρετή”, characterized a man and suggested civil and military service to the state. The fourth issue will be devoted to the pedagogical dimension of military conflicts, the themes of war and peace in the tragedies and comedies by mentors-playwrights (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Terence, etc.), as well as the specifics of the military leader and ephebe education, which is reflected in the material culture and a wide range of texts (Plato and Xenophon’s dialogues, Cicero’s speeches and letters, Herodotus and Thucydides’ writings, the texts by Varro, Onesandrus, Josephus, Vegetius, etc.).

The theme of the fifth issue is “Educational Texts in Antiquity” (materials and proposals are accepted until March 11, 2021). We invite colleagues to study and show what ancient Greeks and Romans as well as people living in the territory of entire ancient oecumene were reading and cramming, what they were developing, applying and using for teaching purposes until the 6th century AD.  This issue of the journal is supposed to embrace three parts. Part 1 “Works of Pedagogues” will include articles exploring specifically compiled educational texts: glossaries, grammars, dialogues, written exercises, collections of aphorisms, textbooks written to study a particular subject, for example, Euclid’s Elements, On Mathematics by Theon of Smyrna, or the books by Vitruvius and Boethius, Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory, Stobaeus’ Anthology, compendia to study rhetoric, philosophy, medicine, law, geography, etc. Part 2 “Pedagogical Works” will address the texts of the literary and didactic canon employed as educational. They originated not as pedagogical essays, but their roles in education were sometimes more important. Among the monuments of the second group are The Iliad, The Odyssey, Euripides’ dramas, Plutarch, Virgil, etc. It is not always easy to directly characterize such essays as educational texts. One of the criteria is the citation by one or another ancient author of the works he read during his own studies. Another criterion is the excerpts from these works preserved on school papyri. Of course, the research tools are not limited to these two criteria. Part 3 “Works of the Descendants” will be devoted to the articles examining the most important and unexplored issues of the use of ancient educational texts after the end of Antiquity.

If you are interested, please inform us of your desire to become a publishing editor or author of the issue by sending an approximate topic and amount of material in printed sheets. Publication process is free for all authors. Please note that the editorial team do not distribute hard copies to the authors and members of the editorial board, and do not distribute the journal by subscription, either. The author can receive his hard copy at the editorial office.