About the Journal

Editorial statement (mission and content strategy of the journal)

Acta Classica Universitatis Debreceniensis (ACD) was established in 1965 by Stephanus Borzsák, a late professor of the University of Debrecen. It has appeared annually since then under the supervision of an international editorial board. ACD is published by the Department of Classical Philology and Ancient History at the University of Debrecen. ACD aims to publish scholarly papers in all areas of classical studies, including philology, history, literature, philosophy, religion, linguistics, archaeology and culture of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds.



ACD is a peer-reviewed academic journal, which welcomes contributions on any topic directly related to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Articles should make a new and interesting contribution to our understanding of classical antiquity. ACD is keen on publishing papers carefully thought through and clearly argued. Papers should be of interest to both a broad range of classicists and a general academic readership. Manuscripts submitted to the ACD are reviewed by editorial board members and also by outside experts. Most submissions are read by two scholars. ACD does not reprint material already published, except for those published elsewhere in Hungarian. ACD publishes articles circa 20,000 words in length (but there is no absolute maximum or minimum length), including footnotes and bibliography. ACD is open to contributions from any country. The language of publication is English, but submissions in French, German, Italian and Latin are also welcome.


Access and sale

ACD is committed to open access for academic work; therefore, all articles are available on the internet for all users within a year after the date of publication. You can order the current and previous issues of ACD by contacting the:

Department of Classical Philology and Ancient History
Institute of History, University of Debrecen
Debrecen, Hungary
P.O. Box 400

Klasszika-filológiai és Ókortörténeti Tanszék
Történelmi Intézet, Debreceni Egyetem
Pf. 400



ACD publishes in accordance with the rules laid down in the Chapter III of the Code of Conduct of the University of Debrecen (https://mad-hatter.it.unideb.hu
) and the Regulation of Scientific Research UD (https://mad-hatter.it.unideb.hu/portal/displayDocument/id/2012896)


Authors’ guidelines for ACD

Authors are advised to closely follow the authors’ guidelines and consult recent back issues of ACD to determine if their submission is appropriate in terms of general content.

A short English abstract of the article (10 lines long) and a list of English keywords are required to be provided at the beginning of the paper.

Authors should provide their status, institution and their own e-mail address at the beginning of the paper.

Passages from ancient languages should always be translated.

References to specialist literature should be given in footnotes; references to ancient sources should appear in the main text.

A list of cited works (Bibliography) should be given at the end of the paper in alphabetic order, according to the following pattern:

The format pattern to be followed for citing in footnotes is the following: author’s surname, year of publication, comma, page number(s). E.g. Alföldy 1975, 83–138.

To distinguish between several items published by the same author and in the same year, authors should use lowercase letters both in footnotes and in Bibliography.

The pattern for references to classical authors is the following: Hor., Sat. 1,1,29–30.

Names of classical authors and their works should be abbreviated according to OLD while the title of periodicals should appear according to L’Année Philologique. Periodicals not mentioned here should be indicated with their full title.