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Classics Ireland Journal

About Classics Ireland
Classics Ireland is a peer-reviewed, Dublin-based journal for the study of the ancient world, in particular ancient Greece and Rome and their modern legacy. It is published by the Classical Association of Ireland, which was founded in 1908. Classics Ireland has been published annually since 1994. It publishes articles on all aspects of the ancient world, though it maintains a particular focus on articles on the classical tradition in Ireland and the Celtic world. Submissions of both academic and general interest are welcome.

ISSN 0791-9417

Notes for Contributors
Contributions are welcome on all aspects of the language, history, archaeology, and literature of Greek and Roman antiquity, especially if there is an Irish dimension. Contributions should to be scholarly, but not technical. All Greek and Latin must be translated. Minimal footnotes are preferred. Articles should not normally exceed 5,000 words and will be independently refereed before formal acceptance for publication. Copyright remains with the author. Authors will receive one copy of the journal in which their article appears. Reviews should not normally exceed 1,000 words. Please address all manuscripts and books for review to Shane Wallace, Department of Classics, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland (

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Access to Classics Ireland and the JStor 'Ireland Collection here

Classics Ireland is available in both print and electronic form. Previous issues are available on JSTOR to subscribing institutions and individuals (

If you would like to subscribe to Classics Ireland please contact the membership secretary, Prof. Andrew Smith (, or the editor, Dr. Shane Wallace (

€30 – Ordinary Subscription
€20 – Student and Retired Subscription

Current Volume: Classics Ireland 26 (2019)


Caolán Mac An Aircinn: ‘How to Use Giant Sheep to Prove the Gods Are Dead’, 1-24
Alexandra Madeła: ‘The Sacred Island: An Ancient Name for Ireland’, 25-29
Andrew Breeze: ‘Verolamium “St Albans” and Old Irish Ollam “Poet”’, 30-45
Andrew Breeze: ‘Vectis “Isle of Wight” and Latin Vectis “Door-Bar”’, 46-57
Ralph Moore: ‘Empire without End at the Ends of the Earth: Ireland and Thule in Roman Imperial Ideology’, 58-85
Brian Arkins: 'Horace in Two World Wars', 86-97

Michael Lloyd: ‘Greek Tragedy in Ireland 2019-2020’, 98-114

Tom Seaver: ‘A Century of Classics in Ireland’, 115-141


Brian McGing: ‘Why Bother with the Classics in the Twenty-First Century?’, 142-157

GAUTIER DALCHÉ, P., La Géographie de Ptolémée en Occident (IVe-XVIe siècle) (A. Breeze)
HARLOE, K., NEAGU, C., and SMITH, A.C. (eds.), Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman’s Library (D. Roberts)
HEIDEGGER, M., Heraclitus. The Inception of Occidental Thinking and Logic (K. Begley)
LEWIS, D.L., Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c. 800-146 BC (D.C. Snell)
O’HARA, J.J., Vergil Aeneid 8 (D. O’Rourke)
PAGÁN, V., Tacitus (J. McNamara)
PETROVIC, A., PETROVIC, E., and THOMAS, E. (eds.), The Materiality of Text (P. Liddel)
RHODES, P.J., Periclean Athens (M.L. Skuse)
SHEEHAN, S., A Guide to Reading Herodotus’ Histories  (V. Zali-Schiel)
SLANEY, H., Seneca: Medea (J.A. Smith)
JEFFREY TATUM, W., Quintus Cicero: a Brief Handbook on Canvassing for Office (E. Shaw)
WALLACE-HADRILL, A., Augustan Rome (A. Walter)

Current and previous volumes of Classics Ireland are available on JSTOR:

Shane Wallace (Trinity College Dublin)

Editorial Board
Isabella Bolger (Classical Association of Ireland)
John Curran (Queen's University Belfast)
Martine Cuypers (Trinity College Dublin)
Andrew Erskine (University of Edinburgh)
Edward Herring (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Fiona Macintosh (University of Oxford)
Maeve O’Brien (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Arryn Penn (Classical Association of Ireland Teachers)
Alexander Thein (University College Dublin)
Catherine Ware (University College Cork).

Advisory Editors
Jo Day (University College Dublin)
Raoul McLaughlin (Classical Association in Northern Ireland)
Conor Trainor (University of Warwick)

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