Histos, the on-line journal of ancient historiography, was founded in 1996 by John Moles, then of the University of Durham, who was also its Editor, supported by an Editorial Board of scholars from the UK and North America. Four issues appeared from 1997 to 2000, and many of the articles that appeared during those years have since become standard works in the study of ancient historiography. The website for Histos was hosted by the University of Durham from 1996 to 2011.


In 2010 a decision was made to re-start Histos, under the editorship of John Moles, now of Newcastle University, and with the addition of John Marincola, of Florida State University, as co-editor. The new site, now hosted by Newcastle University, was launched in June 2011, and the earlier material from volumes 1 to 4 was transferred to the new site, the older contributions having been converted from HTML format to PDF.


On 1 January 2015 Christopher Krebs of Stanford University became co-editor of Histos, and the American branch of Histos moved from Florida State University to Stanford. John Marincola remained a key member of the established Histos team, becoming supervisory editor of the Supplement Volumes.


The brief of Histos is rapid publication of high-quality articles and notes on all aspects of ancient historiography and biography (including Jewish historiography, the Gospels and later Christian material) and of in-depth reviews of recent publications in the field. It is not our intention to publish material which is per se historical, unless it illuminates the qualities of ancient historians or biographers (this will be a matter of balance and judgment). All submissions will be anonymously refereed by experts. We aim for a turn-around time of a maximum of three months. We publish in English, French, German and Italian.


Histos is listed as an 'international title' in ERIH Plus - European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is ranked as a "Classe A" journal by the Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR) of the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research for sectors D1 (Storia antica), D2 (Lingua e letteratura greca), D3 (Lingua e letteratura latina) and D4 (Filologia classica e tardoantica).


Histos is available online, in a full open-access version (in PDF form). Readers' responses are welcomed.


In response to readers’ requests we have made the site more navigable by the introduction of a ‘search’ facility and of direct links to Jewish, Christian, and Byzantine material.




Last updated: 21.08.18


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