About Us

Amphora is an independent, peer-reviewed open-access journal that welcomes contributions from researchers working in a diverse range of fields, including Classical Studies, Ancient History, Reception Studies, Digital Humanities, Egyptology, and Archaeology. The journal is run by a voluntary editorial collective with members from across Australia and New Zealand.

All articles submitted to Amphora undergo a rigorous peer-review process that accords with the standard prescribed by the Department of Industry.

Amphora Volume 1

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Vol. 1 2018


This first edition of Amphora: An Ancient World Journal signals a new beginning for the journal. As our first publication as an independent collective, this volume aims to highlight the work of Australiasian scholars involved in the study of the ancient world. 

In both the ancient and the modern world there have always been topics that are considered ‘unspeakable’ due to their illicit, embarrassing, or divergent nature from the cultural norm which we loosely call ‘taboo’. These can range from familial, social, religious, political, or economic taboos placed on those in the ancient world. In this volume of Amphora, our contributors explore subjects considered taboo for the people of the ancient world, and the modern people who study them.

Amphora is proud to be an open-access journal. Linked PDF files for the entire volume and each individual article are available below. Hard copies are also available upon request. Please see our Subscriptions page for more information. 

Volume 1 (Full download PDF)

Front Matter [PDF]

Letter From the Editors [PDF]

Feature Articles

Tim Parkin (U Melbourne): Were There Sexual Taboos in Antiquity? [PDF]


Lauren Murphy (La Trobe U):  Identifying Individuals: The Decline of Connoisseurship [PDF]

Exhbition Reviews

Jarrad W. Paul (U Melbourne): Angela Brennan’s Forms of Life [PDF]

Annelies Van de Ven (U Melbourne): Travelling with the Scythians across the Eurasian Steppe [PDF]

Book Reviews

Dan Qing Zhao (U Melbourne): Dragon and Eagle: The Rise and Fall of the Chinese and Roman Empires [PDF]

Katherine Prouting (Australian National U): Athentian Prostitution: The Business of Sex [PDF]

Featured Artworks

Lauren Murphy (cover artwork)

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