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Aisthesis: the Undergraduate Journal

Aisthesis Vol. 6 cover

Aisthesis: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical Studies seeks submissions from undergraduate authors at any university. Papers are peer-reviewed by a staff of Stanford undergraduates, and the journal is published in both print and online formats. We distribute the journal at Stanford and send it to over 100 other universities to revitalize interest in and spread knowledge of classical subjects and values.


The submissions deadline for the Spring 2018 volume is 11:59 PM on December 31, 2017. We accept critical essays in a classical context within fields including Linguistics, Philosophy, Literature, History, Drama, Art, and Archaeology. We also accept translations of Greek and Latin.

A submission consists of an email to with subject heading “submission title, field.” Within the email please include two files: one with contact information (including full name, title of submission, university, class year, daytime phone number), and one that is the essay with an abstract. To facilitate blind review, please remove all identifying information from the essay. Papers should include a 200-word abstract and may be formatted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

The maximum suggested word count is 10,000 words or about 30 double-spaced pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Longer papers may be accepted if the additional length is justified by the content matter. The paper is to be formatted in Chicago style, but submissions prepared using other standard bibliographical formats will still be reviewed on the condition that the author will reformat the paper in Chicago style if it is accepted for publication.

Two submissions are allowed per author. Authors must be current undergraduates or have graduated within one year of the time of the submission deadline, and they must not be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of publication. Papers received after the deadline may be deferred to the subsequent volume.

If you have further questions about the journal, please contact the editors at

Past Journals:

Volume 1 (2012)

Volume 2 (2013)

Volume 3 (2014)

Volume 4 (2015)

Volume 5 (2016)

Volume 6 (2017)