Distant Worlds Journal

About the Journal


The Distant Worlds Journal (DWJ) was a peer-reviewed online journal that seeked to provide a platform for early-career researchers to present their findings and perspectives on cultures of the ancient world. It had its inspiration in the Munich Graduate School for Ancient Studies ‘Distant Worlds’, which currently incorporates Prehistorical Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Philology, Byzantine Studies, Ancient History and Philosophy, Theology, Egyptology, Biblical Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Hittite Studies, Indology, Tibetology, and Sinology. The aspiration of Distant Worlds was to draw together scholars from a variety of disciplines and to engage in interdisciplinary discussion regarding broader questions surrounding the study of the ancient world. In this manner, the DWJ aimed to cultivate a forum with which to engage the wider scholarly community.


Each edition of the Journal was centred on a specific thematic issue that could be engaged in by a diversity of disciplines and considered from a variety of methodological approaches. The individual theme therefore acted as a fulcrum around which a range of individual topics may be discussed. Each paper engaged with the specific theme in question whilst simultaneously dealing with the current issues within an individual specialism or considering broader theoretical and interdisciplinary issues. We envisaged that each paper will further the broader dialogue in studies of the ancient world by engaging in critical and shared questions. It was only by the breaking of boundaries that fresh ideas could be developed; through this journal we hoped to especially empower doctoral and postdoctoral scholars to voice their views at an international level.  



With the closing of the Graduate School Distant Worlds in 2021, this journal came to an end with a final issue (Special Issue 3) dedicated in gratitude to all those who have contributed with their work to the establishment and functioning of the Graduate School Distant Worlds in Munich.

The journal was discontinued in 2021.


Download the  Special Issue:

1st - Erzeugung und Zerstörung von Sakralität

2nd - The Semantics of Space in Greek and Roman Narratives

3rd - Distant Worlds and Beyond


Contact: dw-journal@mzaw.lmu.de

Current Issue

No. 5 (2020): Ideologie und Organisation: Komparative Untersuchungen antiker Gesellschaften
Published: 2020-11-30