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Guide For Contributors

All Manuscripts should be sent to:

The Editor

Classics, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
Memorial Tower Building G019

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Howard College

Republic of South Africa


E-mail: JLHILTON@webafrica.org.za; hilton@ukzn.ac.za


Fax: +27 +31 2602698



  1. Acta Classica publishes contributions on any aspect of Classical Studies, but also considers submissions on Patristic and Byzantine themes, especially where they relate to Africa.

  2. The Editorial Committee assumes that the submitted contributions are the original work of the author(s).

  3. Acta Classica is accredited by Thomson-Reuters (ISI) and the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). All submissions are judged anonymously by two referees appointed by the Editorial Committee. In cases where the referees recommend changes in the manuscript, authors will be requested to make such adjustments as are deemed necessary by the Editorial Committee.

  4. Articles should normally not exceed 7 000 words.

  5. Acta Classica also publishes Miscellanea on a specific topic or problem which should ideally not exceed 2 500 words.

  6. The journal publishes reviews of books relevant to research in the field of Classics in Southern Africa, especially those written by Southern African authors.

  7. Authors will receive a PDF version of their contributions.


  1. For its font Acta Classica uses GR Cambridge. Contributions should be submitted in this or any other Unicode font or in Betacode transliteration.

  2. Articles should be submitted by e-mail as an attached document, preferably in an editable electronic format. For articles containing large amounts of Greek, an additional version of the article in pdf-format, is required. Please note: Do not use preset formatting (page size, style-sheet), preset tabs or paragraph-markers.

  3. An abstract (maximum 150 words) of the article must accompany the submission.

  4. The title of the article, author's name and affiliation should be provided on a separate page, and the title alone should be repeated on the first page of the article.

  5. The identity of the author must not be revealed in the manuscript itself. Acknowledgements or other indications of identity may be included in the final version.

  6. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively in the text.

  7. In general Greek words should be used in their original form. Extra care should be taken with regard to the form and placing of accents, breathings and subscript iotas. Greek words and phrases may be used in transliteration. Such words and phrases should be given in italics with the long vowels indicated by means of a macron on top of the vowel (e.g. graphē paranomōn).

  8. In general, contributors should avoid including too many or excessively long quotations in Latin or Greek in their articles. If a quotation in Latin or Greek consisting of more than one sentence or three lines of text is the central focus of the article, or is deemed to be essential to the argument, it should be placed in a separate, indented paragraph as a block quotation, followed by a translation of the quotation into the language in which the article is written. If the translation is not that of the author, the translator's name and the date of publication of the translation should be supplied in parenthesis. In footnotes, quotations in Latin or Greek consisting of more than one sentence or three lines of text should be followed by a parenthesis containing the reference to the source, together with a translation of the quotation into the language in which the article is written. Familiar words, phrases and single sentences shorter than three lines in Latin or Greek need not be translated unless their meaning is contested or unclear. The guiding principle should be to make the article as readable as possible by supplying translations for Latin and Greek quotations, provided that they do not extend the length of the article unnecessarily. Contributors are advised to consult a recent issue of the journal.

  9. The reports of the anonymous referees will be forwarded by e-mail to the authors for any recommended corrigenda or addenda. The author must then submit a final version to be sent by e-mail as an attached document.

  10. The Editor will communicate by e-mail with the author on all corrections or problems. A print-ready copy of the article will be sent to the author for final proof-reading.

  11. All final corrections are subject to the jurisdiction of the Editorial Committee.

Editorial conventions


In order to save time and expense, contributors are requested to adhere as closely as possible to the following editorial conventions. Deviations required by specific needs (e.g. the language-medium or nature of the article) are permissible.

  1. Italics must be used for the following, in full or abbreviated form: the titles of books and periodicals; the names of classical works; Greek and Latin technical terms; foreign terminology (e.g. Sturm und Drang, tour de force); shorter quotations in Latin, both in the text and in the footnotes.

  2. Single quotation marks must be used for quotations other than Greek or Latin, the title of an article, chapter or contribution in a book. Double quotation marks must be used only for an interior quotation. Where a passage quoted is more than a few lines long, it will be set without quotation marks as a separate paragraph, in smaller type. Such quotations should be indented in the manuscript in order to make their presence clear.

  3. Abbreviations of ancient authors and works should be those listed in the latest edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary. If no abbreviation is found in this publication, then the forms given in the Oxford Latin Dictionary, Liddell-Scott-Jones' Greek-English Lexicon (9th edition), or the Byzantinische Zeitschrift should be used. Latin titles, not Greek or English, are preferred in abbreviations of ancient texts: for instance, Vesp. not Wasps; Carm. not Odes. References to unfamiliar names and titles of ancient authors and texts should be written in full. Names written in full in the text may be abbreviated in the footnotes. In all cases clarity rather than economy of space should be the first consideration.

  4. Abbreviations of periodicals should be those used by L'Année Philologique. All other journal titles should be given in full.

  5. In the citation of ancient texts, Arabic rather than Roman numerals should be used, and a full stop be placed after book, volume and chapter numbers. The first letter of titles should be capitalised. Where a writer's full name is given, a comma must separate it from the name of the work. For example, Thuc. 6.71.2; 7.14.3-4; Hor. Serm. 3.2.275-77; Vitr. De Arch. 2.3.3; but Themistius, Orat. 3.4 (p. 31.15 ed. Dindorf). If the edition is rare or unfamiliar, add date and also place: (p. 31.15 ed. W. Dindorf, Leipzig 1831).

  6. Books cited in the article must be listed alphabetically in a bibliography at the end of the contribution, in the format: the surname(s) of the author(s), initials, date of publication, title and place of publication. Reference to these works in the text or footnotes is then to be made by author's surname, date of publication, and specific page number(s). For example:

    Hammond, N.G.L. 19863. A History of Greece to 322 B.C. Oxford.

    Referred to as Hammond 19863:6-12. 

    Compound surnames of Dutch or German origin should be alphabetized according to the particle not the name (e.g. Van der Blom, H. not Blom, van der H.). For multi-volume works the date of the volume consulted should be provided. For example: 

    Martindale, J.R. 1980. The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire. Vol. 2: A.D. 395-527. Cambridge and New York.

    Saddington, D.B. 1975. 'Race relations in the Early Roman Empire.' In W. Temporini and P. Hasse (edd.), Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, 2.3:112-37. Berlin. 

    When citing more than one volume of the same work, refer to the date, volume number and page number(s). For example: 

    Mitchell, S. 1993. Anatolia: Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor. 2 vols. Oxford.

    Referred to as Mitchell 1993:1.94. 

    In referring to a later edition of a work, contributors may wish to add the date of the first edition. This should be in the following format: 

    Rohde, E. 19143 [1876]. Der griechische Roman und seine Vorläufer. Darmstadt.

  7. In the case of cited articles, contributions in collections, and entries in reference works, the following must be provided: the surname(s) of the author(s), initials, date of publication, title of the article, name and volume of the journal or reference work and full page numbers must be supplied. For example:

    Lloyd, G.E.R. 1968. 'Plato as a natural scientist.' JHS 88:78-92. Referred to as Lloyd 1968:84.

    Hankinson, R.J. 1999. 'Determinism and indeterminism.' In K. Algra, J. Barnes, J. Mansfeld and M. Schofield (edd.), The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy, 513-41. Cambridge.

    Note: In referring to modern works, page or column numbers must be given in full. The use of f. or ff. (or equivalents) should be avoided if at all possible.

  8. Translations of ancient works must be given in the following format:

    Lattimore, R. (tr.) 1951. Homer: The Iliad. Chicago, Ill.

  9. Translations of modern works must be given in the following format:

    Maurach, G. (tr. D. Nardo) 1990. Enchiridion poeticum: Introduzione alla lingua poetica latina. Brescia.

  10. Editions of ancient works to be given as:

    Zimmerman, M. (ed.) 2012. Apuleius: Metamorphoseon Libri XI. Oxford Classical Texts. Oxford.

  11. Readily recognisable works can be cited in brief form: CIL 15.3579; IG 2215, line 87; ILS 212, col. 2; BMC Imp 3.303 no. 507; TLL 5.1.448, line 41 (use 'line' or 'lines' rather than l. or ll., which may be confused with numerals); Jacoby, FGrH 115 F 153; LIMC; LSJ; OLD.

  12. All quotations and references should be verified against the original source, and the Editorial Committee does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of any citations.

  13. The New Oxford Spelling Dictionary serves as the guide on matters of spelling and hyphenation.