Brill’s Companions to Classical Studies is a leading series providing graduate-level synthesis of debate and the state of scholarship on key authors and subjects from Antiquity. Each volume contains an up-to-date general bibliography. Volumes published have covered authors such as Ovid, Herodotus, Cicero, Callimachus, Thucydides, Sophocles and Seneca, and themes such as Ancient Macedon, Ancient Greek Scholarship, Hellenistic Epigram, and Hellenistic Astronomy. Forthcoming titles include Euripides, Cassius Dio, and Theocritus.
The most successful Companion volumes focus on authors, genres or themes on whom or on which there has been recent scholarly attention that has provoked new perspectives and new questions on which there is ample scope for debate. Ideally, Companions look backwards at a history of scholarship that might include the very emergence of a field, and forwards to future questions and lines of enquiry. Successful Companions regularly raise explicit questions about the boundaries of genres or themes, but it is hard to put together a coherent volume on a field that is as yet poorly defined.
The aim of a Companion is not to be exhaustive, but to give a lively sense of current debates, and to encourage participation in future debates. Editors should commission and curate articles that offer the target, graduate-level audience insight into the most pertinent questions that are and should be asked about the author, genre or theme on which the volume is focused. Editors should frame the volume with an introduction and sections that make these questions explicit, and they should make every effort to ensure that individual essays are participating in conversations that are shared across the volume. It is therefore important to insert cross-references where articles complement each other or where they disagree with one another.
“Brill’s Companions offer up-to-date surveys and scholarship on anything from Greek comedy – one of the unmissable volumes – to Aphrodite, Ovid, and the Greek and Latin pastoral. They are not only valuable for their authors’ individual approaches and chosen themes: they are backed by notes and bibliographies, which are among my first resorts when embarking on a new project or returning to a well-loved subject. Brill set the standard for classical Companions; they have yet to be surpassed by others.”
Robin Lane Fox, University of Oxford
“Brill’s Companions consist of not just one series but a set of series, dedicated to Classical Studies, Classical Reception, the Christian Tradition and other fields of research, including literature, history, and philosophy. Together they present a truly impressive number of highly useful reference works, which scholars can consult to quickly acquaint themselves with a particular subject. As a classical scholar I often use Brill's Companions to Classical Studies, with great satisfaction.”
Franco Montanari, University of Genoa