The Classical Studies area of OHO aims to offer high-quality scholarly coverage of all major fields and sub-fields of contemporary research into Classical and ancient Mediterranean culture. While Greco-Roman language, literature, history, religion and philosophy continue to be dominant areas of scholarly interest which are fully represented in this module, every effort is also made to cover dynamic growth-areas of research, especially in material culture, epigraphy and papyrology, art and architecture, the sciences, engineering and technology, reception studies, and gender studies. Interaction between these various disciplines is reflected in the overt emphasis on interdisciplinary coverage within the contributions that the module commissions. The overall aim is to provide a state-of-the art research tool which, because it is produced on-line, can be updated to reflect ongoing developments within Classical studies.
Editor in Chief, Gareth Williams, discusses the interdisciplinary nature of OHO: Classical Studies.
|Gareth Williams has a BA in Classics, Cambridge 1983; a PhD in Classics, Cambridge 1990 (thesis on Ovid’s exilic poetry). His main areas of research and publication are in Latin literature and philosophy. He is the author of four books, two on Ovid’s exilic poetry, two on the first-century philosopher and politician Seneca; his most recent book is The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca’s Natural Questions, published by OUP in 2012. He has taught Classics at Columbia University since 1992.|
OUP: Why did you become involved with this project?
Williams: My involvement in Oxford Handbooks Online was motivated above all by the opportunity that I saw for (a) the development of a valuable collection of state-of-the-art research articles across the breadth of classical studies, and (b) the capability to supplement, modify and revise those contributions over time because of the evolving electronic format in which they would be assembled. In this respect the OHO promises to be a truly dynamic enterprise which is at the cutting edge of scholarship while also retaining continuity with established knowledge and traditional research methodologies.
OUP: What excites you most about Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews?
Williams: One of the most exciting aspects of the project is its flexibility and lack of static parameters: additions and updates can always be made to subject-areas as well as to subfields within given volumes, so that the OHO definition of what constitutes classical study is itself open-minded, creative and adaptable to the shifting contours of the discipline.
OUP: How does the editorial board help you to meet the challenge of maintaining balanced and up-to-date coverage of the discipline?
Williams: A board of senior editors assists the editor in chief in reflecting on possible additions that could be made to existing volumes in classical studies, in identifying suitable contributors for articles, and in determining the future direction of the project. It is a privilege to work closely with a distinguished team of experts drawn from across the full spectrum of contemporary classical studies; and that collective effort also offers a model of collaborative teamwork in an era when interdisciplinary approaches are transforming the direction and relevance of classical study.
Learn more about Williams' involvement in the project.
New York University
A specially curated collection of peer-reviewed articles that discuss cutting-edge research and ensure comprehensive and timely coverage of ever-expanding disciplines.
We want to hear from you.
Oxford Handbooks Online is a partnership between the publisher and the academic community, and we invite your questions about the content. Please feel welcome to email Ben Leonard, our Classical Studies editor, with comments, suggestions, or questions.