Classical Archaeology


Classical Archaeology is concerned with the material and visually conceivable heritage of Greek and Roman culture. It comprises its precursors (e.g. the Mycenean culture during the Bronze Age), its aftermath (e.g. early Byzantine Art) and its connections to neighbouring cultures. Geographically, the subject concentrates primarily on Greece, Asia Minor and Italy; furthermore it includes the Roman provinces of the Roman imperial period. Classical Archaeology also uses preserved source material, such as antique literature and inscriptions, to interpret archaeological findings and discoveries. In this way, insights into different areas of ancient history, especially political, social and economic matters, as well as ways of life, religion and myth are obtained.   

Classical Archaeology in the Specialized Information Service for Classical Studies (FID) – Propylaeum

Heidelberg University Library now maintains the former special field collection 6.14 “Classical Archaeology” in Propylaeum.

The scientific advisory board Propylaeum is represented by Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Heidelberg University) and Prof. Dr. Martina Seifert (University of Hamburg).

Current Focus of Activity

The main foci during the current project phase (2016-2018) are stock development, i. e. the acquisition and provision of the latest research literature, and the expansion of publishing activity in Classical Archaeology. For this purpose, and in cooperation with several publishers, further subject related key journals, e.g. “Bonner Jahrbücher”, “Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt”, “Germania” or “Würzburger Jahrbücher für Alterumswissenschaft”, are made available as open access e-journals. Monographs, collected volumes, complete series ( e.g. “Archäologischen Berichte” or “Corpus der minoischen Siegel”) and articles are issued online on the publication platforms Propylaeum-eBOOKS and Propylaeum-DOK. At the same time, historical literature from the 18th -20th centuries is gradually being digitized  and being made available online.

In an additional work package, an efficient tool for further dynamic collaborative work will be developed. The pilot application, functioning as a prototype, is the “Biographisches Lexikon zur Archäologie in Deutschland”: this is a cooperative project of the Romano-Germanic Commission (RGK), the “Verband der Landesarchäologen in Deutschland” (en. Association of State Archeologists in Germany), Trier Landesmuseum, RGZM Mainz, GNM Nürnberg and of KAFU. Moreover, an open-access-aggregator for reviews on new publications in Classical Studies will be established.

In order to improve the access to licensed eBooks on a supraregional/national level, the first products are being provided via “FID-licenses” throughout Germany.

Furthermore, a new user service is under construction: Upon registering to this service, Propylaeum users can create individual profiles and determine if they would like to be informed on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis about new accessions via email or RSS feed.

Do you have further questions?

Please contact us if you need more information about our services or are interested in the publishing possibilities we offer. It is also possible to arrange dates for information sessions at your institute or organization.