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The American Office of l'Année philologique (APh) is pleased to begin including bibliographical listings for books and articles on reception studies in the online Brepols database, following the authorization of the governing body of APh, the Société internationale de bibliographie classique.

Over the course of the last two years, the American Office has conducted a pilot project to create notices for articles and books on reception studies when these appear, or are reviewed in, periodicals regularly excerpted by the American Office. Reception studies is defined as the scholarly study of receptions of classical antiquity in every medium and in any period after late antiquity. Subjects include, for example, Renaissance receptions of ancient philosophy; Russian receptions of Homer and Vergil; popular 19th-century receptions of ancient costume; early modern understandings of Cicero’s political theory; the influence of classical architecture; receptions of the ancient world in film, TV, video games, manga, and pop culture in general.

Institutional and individual subscribers to the Brepols APh database ( can access all reception studies entries by conducting a Simple search. Under "Thematic search", choose "Subject tree". In the dialog box that opens, click on "Modern reception", and then "Insert/Close" (at the top right corner of the box). Then click on "Search". All 466 receptions studies records that have been added so far will be displayed. Subscribers can also access individual records by searching in the usual way for subjects, authors, titles, or other criteria.

The latest update to the Brepols database includes reception studies material gathered during the first two years of the pilot project. This online database is updated quarterly. We welcome feedback at the email addresses below.


Lisa Carson, Ph.D.

American Office, APh

Shirley Werner, Ph.D.

American Office, APh

Mackenzie (Mack) Zalin, Ph.D.

Chair, Advisory Board of the American Office of APh to the Society for Classical Studies

Librarian, Johns Hopkins University

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