A New Home for Discentes

A New Home for Discentes


Salvete, Omnes!

Welcome to Discentes, the Classics Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. Where Discentes previously existed as a printed volume of select undergraduate work, we now publish work on our new online platform, https://web.sas.upenn.edu/discentes/, on a rolling basis.

There are several benefits to Discentes’ online relocation. For one, the journal will save on paper, mass printing, and other department resources. Discentes will also now be able to expand the genre of work it accepts to include video, photojournalism, and other multimedia projects. Most importantly, however, the journal will no longer have to make extensive cuts to submitted work in accordance with limited page space. With our new platform, we intend to open Discentes up to a wider range of voices in the field while maintaining high standards of research quality and originality.

In extending the scope of work that Discentes accepts our hope is that the journal will reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of Classical Studies. We encourage authors to submit work that examines the interactions between Classical Studies and fields as diverse as Political Science, Cinema Studies, and Geology, or that otherwise pushes the boundaries of what we consider relevant to the study of the ancient world. Do not hesitate to submit work not traditionally research-based, such as translations, videos, or book reviews. After all, discentes is a Latin present active participle from the verb disco, to learn. We are always in the process of learning about the ancient world and what it means to our peers.

In short, it is our pleasure to introduce you to the new Discentes. Please do not hesitate to email us at penndiscentes@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.