Klio (magazine)

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Klio. Contributions to Ancient History is the oldest scientific journal for ancient history , founded in 1897, first published in 1901. It is named after Klio , the muse of historiography . However, it did not have the name from the beginning, rather the first five volumes appeared only as contributions to ancient history .

The first editor was Carl F. Lehmann ; Ernst Kornemann joined the third year in 1903 . The editors were supported by numerous renowned experts, including Karl Julius Beloch , Georg Busolt , Benedikt Niese , Ettore Pais , and Michael Rostovtzeff .

From the very beginning, the main topics have mainly been problems of the history of Greece and Rome from Archaic to late antiquity, but the relationship to the ancient Orient and the results of special research areas such as epigraphy , papyrology , archeology and numismatics are also taken into account. In addition to problems of political history, topics from the fields of culture, science and society were also increasingly included. Maps, photographs and drawings complete the contributions, which are written in German, English, Italian, French or Spanish. Brief reviews and a list of books received by the editorial team provide an overview of the latest specialist publications.


The Klio was published from 1901 to 1944 by Dieterich Verlag in Leipzig . After the first series of the magazine had been numbered consecutively from 1901 to 1923, a "New Series" was opened in 1925, which began with number 1 and was published in 1944 with number 18 for the last time. In 1959 the East Berlin Academy Publishing House published the first post-war volume with number 37 (so one continued counting from 1901 in direct succession), while in 1950 the magazine Historia was founded in West Germany as a replacement . Since 1971, the yearbook Chiron has been published as the third “big” journal for ancient history . The importance of the pre-war series is also evident from the fact that the entire sentence was reprinted as early as the early 1960s, although no longer in the format and on the excellent paper of the original publication.

The Klio was published by the Central Institute for Ancient History and Archeology until 1992 . However, it was not only open to East German researchers, Western ancient historians also published here; in some cases there were also contributions in Russian. Even after 1959 important articles appeared in the Klio . However, the publications of East German scholars at that time were not always up-to-date and at the level of international research due to the shortage of foreign currency and the resulting lack of access to current specialist literature as well as the centralized bureaucracy in the GDR , and some articles were also scientifically unacceptable of socialist ideas embossed.

Since 1993 the journal has had a new editorial board. The editors are currently the ancient historians Manfred Clauss (Frankfurt am Main), Hans-Joachim Gehrke (Freiburg / Berlin), Peter Funke (Münster) and Christian Mann (Mannheim). The Klio is currently published in two “booklets” (in fact, two books with a hard cover, each several hundred pages thick) per year by Walter de Gruyter (Berlin and Boston). It is not only one of the most important historical journals in Germany. The editorial team has been based at the University of Mannheim since 2018 .

From 1903 to 1944 and again since 1999 (in a new series ) the Klio supplements also appear ; these are ancient historical monographs , mostly university publications . The booklets were also reprinted.

Editors and editors of the Klio


New episode (= 3rd episode)

tape author title year ISBN
01 Hartmut Leppin Thucydides and the Constitution of the Polis. A contribution to the history of political ideas in the 5th century BC Chr. 1999 ISBN 3-05-003458-0
02 Anne Kolb Transport and message transfer in the Roman Empire 2001 ISBN 3-05-003584-6
03 David Boehringer Hero cults in Greece from the geometric to the classical period. Attica, Argolis, Messenia 2001 ISBN 3-05-003643-5
04th Axel Gebhardt Imperial politics and provincial development. Investigations into the relationship between emperors, armies and cities in Syria in the pre-Severian period 2002 ISBN 3-05-003680-X
05 Bruno Bleckmann The Roman nobility in the First Punic War. Investigations into aristocratic competition in the republic 2002 ISBN 3-05-003738-5
06th Hans-Ulrich Wiemer War, trade and piracy. Studies on the history of the Hellenistic Rhodes 2003 ISBN 3-05-003751-2
07th Winfried Schmitz Neighborhood and village community in archaic and classical Greece 2004 ISBN 3-05-004017-3
08th Johannes Hahn Violence and religious conflict. The disputes between Christians, Gentiles and Jews in the east of the Roman Empire (from Constantine to Theodosius II.) 2004 ISBN 3-05-003760-1
09 Peter Eich On the metamorphosis of the political system in the Roman Empire. The emergence of a “personal bureaucracy” in the long third century 2005 ISBN 3-05-004110-2
10 Hans Beck Career and hierarchy. The Roman aristocracy and the beginnings of the cursus honorum in the middle republic 2005 ISBN 3-05-004154-4
11 Peter Franz midday Antiochus IV. Epiphanes. A political biography 2006 ISBN 3-05-004205-2
12 Ralf Behrwald The city as a museum? The perception of the monuments of Rome in late antiquity 2009 ISBN 978-3-05-004288-6
13 Christian man The demagogues and the people. On political communication in Athens in the 5th century BC Chr. 2007 ISBN 978-3-05-004351-7
14th Christian Mileta The king and his country. Investigations into the rule of the Hellenistic monarchs over the royal territory of Asia Minor and its population 2008 ISBN 978-3-05-004474-3
15th Timo Stickler The role of Corinth and its colonies in the power structure of classical Greece 2010 ISBN 978-3-05-004666-2
16 Fabian Goldbeck Salutationes. The morning greetings in Rome during the republic and early imperial times 2010 ISBN 978-3-05-004899-4
17th Denise Reitzenstein The Lycian federal priests. Representation of the imperial elite of Lycia 2011 ISBN 978-3-05-005061-4
18th Markus Beyeler Gifts from the emperor. Studies on the chronology, recipients and items of the imperial gifts in the 4th century AD. 2011 ISBN 978-3-05-005175-8
19th Johannes Wienand The emperor as victor. Metamorphoses of triumphant rule under Constantine I. 2012 ISBN 978-3-05-005903-7
20th Marco Vitale Koinon Syrias. Priests, grammar schoolchildren and metropolis of the eparchies in imperial Syria 2013 ISBN 978-3-05-006436-9
21st Alessandra Bravi Greek works of art in the political life of Rome and Constantinople 2014 ISBN 978-3-05-006458-1
22nd Johannes Christian Bernhardt The Jewish Revolution. Investigations into the causes, course and consequences of the Hasmonean uprising 2017 ISBN 978-3-05-006482-6
23 Thomas Blank Logos and practice. Sparta as a political example in the writings of Isocrates 2014 ISBN 978-3-11-034251-2
24 Gunnar Soul Day Archaic Crete. Institutionalization in Early Greece 2015 ISBN 978-3-11-036846-8
25th Christian Igelbrink The cleruchies and apoics of Athens in the 6th and 5th centuries BC Chr. 2015 ISBN 978-3-11-044625-8
26th Angela Ganter What holds the Roman world together. Patron-client relationships between Cicero and Cyprian 2015 ISBN 978-3-11-043123-0
27 Michael Rathmann Diodor and his "library". World history from the province 2016 ISBN 978-3-11-048143-3
28 Filippo Carlà-Uhink The "Birth" of Italy. The Institutionalization of Italy as a Region, 3rd-1st Century BCE 2017 ISBN 978-3-11-054478-7
29 Benedikt Boyxen Strangers in the Hellenistic Polis of Rhodes. Between proximity and distance 2018 ISBN 978-3-11-057268-1
30th Christoph Michels Antoninus Pius and the role models of the Roman princeps. Sovereign action and its representation in the High Imperial Era 2018 ISBN 978-3-11-057453-1
31 Francisco Pina Polo The Quaestorship in the Roman Republic 2019 ISBN 978-3-11-066641-0
31 Janett Schröder The polis as the winner. War memorials in archaic-classical Greece 2019 ISBN 978-3-11-063711-3

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