On Wednesday, March 10, “Antigone”, an English-language, online journal targeting young people and non-specialists, was launched to popularize ancient culture and classical studies. The first 6 articles generated a wide response in the Anglo-Saxon world, both on social media and in the press.
There was a mention in The Times and an article in the Times Literary Supplement by the popular classical philologist, Professor Mary Beard, referring to one of the texts. Among the authors of the first articles are such world-renowned figures as Stephen Fry (award-winning British actor and author of books popularizing ancient culture) and Tom Holland (eminent historian and bestselling author combining scholarly skill with mesmerizing narrative).
Already during the first week, the website https://antigonejournal.com/ was visited daily by 1000-2000 people from 75 countries, and several hundred people became permanent subscribers of the magazine. A new article is published every other day, and the authors are not only eminent scholars from all over the world, but also PhD students, undergraduates, and people who have become fascinated by Latin, Greek, and ancient culture in an age that values the modern over the ancient.
The project was created by a group of classical philologists from Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Poland. One of the creators of the journal is Prof. Mateusz Stróżyński, PhD, Director of the Institute of Classical Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University.
AMU Institute of Classical Philology Director
Professor Stróżyński is a classicist, philosopher, psychologist and psychotherapist. He defended his Ph.D. devoted to the philosophy of Plotinus at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (2007) and obtained a habilitation degree on the basis of the book: Philosophy as Therapy in the works of Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, and Augustine (2014). He is interested primarily in Neoplatonism (Plotinus and Augustine), especially spiritual exercises and contemplation, and in medieval mysticism (Angela of Foligno). He conducts a private psychotherapeutic practice. In 2021 he was appointed as the Director of AMU Institute of Classical Philology.
(photo credit: Adrian Wykrota)
Antigone and Ismene-Emil Tesschendorff 1883