About the Journal
The American Journal of Philology (AJP) was one of two foundational publications responsible for launching Johns Hopkins University Press. Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve founded AJP in 1880, two years before the Press would publish its first book. He would edit the Journal for forty years. Gildersleeve is generally considered to be the most significant American classicist of his time. In addition to AJP, he instituted the first Classics program in the United States at Johns Hopkins University. His ambition for AJP was that it would provide "a medium of philological intercommunication" for classical scholars in the United States, who he believed worked largely in isolation from one another.
Gildersleeve's significant contributions to American classical scholarship and specifically to AJP, however, have been tarnished by his record of expounding uncompromisingly bigoted views and ideologies. He unfortunately authored numerous editorials that supported the racist agendas of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow era. This regrettably is a part of AJP's history and must be acknowledged as such.
AJP's influence in shaping American classical scholarship endures. The Journal is a forum where classicists and philologists can engage both specialist and wider audiences by publishing original research in Greek and Latin literature, philology, and linguistics as well as in Greek and Roman history, society, religion, philosophy, and cultural and material studies. AJP remains dedicated to excellence in research, content selection, editing, and production. Both the editors of the journal and Johns Hopkins University Press are committed to serving a broad and diverse audience of students, scholars, and other interested readers. [End Page iii]