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recensio.antiquitatis is a service provided by the Specialized Information Service Classics – Propylaeum and offers…

  • an international multi-language research and publication portal for reviews of publications from all fields of Ancient Studies.
  • permanently free access to all of its content ­­­– recensio.antiquitatis is committed to the principles of Open Access.
  • highly improved visibility to journals and a central starting point to users, helping them to find reviews of specialized literature.


Open Access aggregator for reviews in the field of Ancient Studies

recensio.antiquitatis aggregates a broad choice of reviews from journals for all areas and subjects of Ancient Studies.

Print and online journals can publish their review sections with enhanced visibility on recensio.antiquitatis whether or not they have already been published before (preprint or postprint). Users can browse each journal individually on its respective sub-page, also containing general information on the journal, or search it along with all other journals.

The editorial team of recensio.antiquitatis enhances all reviews with metadata (subject headings, classification information regarding time, region and topic of the title reviewed etc.) to improve their findability and to provide the means for browsing by subject. If they do not already have one, each review will be given a citable DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

All reviews are searchable in full text and available for download on recensio.antiquitatis or via link to the respective journal’s own website.

The portals's navigation languages are English and German; the reviews themselves are written in a variety of languages, but mostly in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.


Long-term archiving and reference in other search portals

The Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) provides for the reference and linkage of the reviews in the cooperative library catalogue of the federal states of Bavaria, Berlin and Brandenburg (directly at the entry of the books reviewed), and cares for long long-term archival storage.

The database of recensio.antiquitatis is also integrated in PropylaeumSEARCH, the central search portal of the Specialized Information Service Classics – Propylaeum.


Cross-portal search

recensio.antiquitatis is based on the concept and software of, the review platform for European History. This allows you to conduct a cross-portal search concurrently in the databases of recensio.antiquitatis, and recensio.regio.


Publishing reviews

You are editor of a journal for Ancient Studies and you would like to make your review section available on recensio.antiquitatis?
Feel free to contact us!