Poetica, retorica e comunicazione nella tradizione classica
     topic: antiquity studies  
  • e-ISSN 2724-1564
  • Periodicity biannual
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  • Language de, en, es, fr, it
  • Anvur class A 10A1-N3
Aims & Scope
Since its establishment in 1988, Lexis has declared its fields of interest and aims of study in the subtitle on the title page: Poetics, Rhetoric and Communication in the Classical Tradition. Special attention was given, in the initial phase, to textual criticism understood as hermeneutics of the ancient and modern tradition. The journal gradually opened up to literary, historical and philosophical contributions with reference to the ancient world. Lexis is listed in the international Scopus-Elsevier database. It is also among the scientific journals recognised as Class A in the evaluation list published by ANVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca). Lexis was published, until 2019, by the publisher Adolf M. Hakkert (Amsterdam): https://www.tte.nl/hakkert/. Lexis issues 1 (1988) to 37 (2020) can be found at: http://www.lexisonline.eu/. From 2020 Lexis is published by Edizioni Ca’ Foscari. Lexis belongs to the Department of Humanities and the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University Venice.

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    Vittorio Citti (Direttore) †    
    Stefano Maso (Dir. Responsabile), Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Paolo Mastandrea (Condirettore), Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Enrico Medda (Condirettore), Università di Pisa, Italia    

    Advisory Board
    Elisabetta Cattanei, Università di Genova, Italia    
    Alberto Cavarzere, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    
    Federico Condello, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Italia    
    Lowell Edmunds, Rutgers University, USA    
    Paulo Farmhouse Alberto, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal    
    Paolo Fedeli, Università di Bari, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italia    
    Franco Ferrari, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italia    
    Patrick Finglass, University of Bristol, UK    
    Silvia Gastaldi, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italia    
    Paolo Gatti, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italia    
    Maurizio Giangiulio, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italia    
    Massimo Gioseffi, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia    
    Benjamin Goldlust, Université de Franche-Comté, France    
    Stephen Harrison, Corpus Christi College in the University of Oxford, UK    
    Pierre Judet de La Combe, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, France    
    Liana Lomiento, Università degli Studi di Urbino «Carlo Bo», Italia    
    Carlos Lévy, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, France    
    Giuseppina Magnaldi, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Giuseppe Mastromarco, Università degli Studi di Bari «Aldo Moro», Italia    
    Silvia Mattiacci, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italia    
    Christine Mauduit, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France    
    Giancarlo Mazzoli, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italia    
    Gian Franco Nieddu, Professore in quiescenza    
    Gretchen Reydams Schils, University of Notre Dame, USA    
    Andrea Rodighiero, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    
    Lucia Rodriguez-Noriega Guillén, Universidad de Oviedo, España    
    Wolfgang Rösler, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Deutschland    
    Federico Santangelo, Newcastle University, UK    
    Maria Michela Sassi, Università di Pisa, Italia    
    Andrea Taddei, Università di Pisa, Italia    
    Javier Velaza Frías, Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya    
    Paola Volpe Cacciatore, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italia    
    Bernhard Zimmermann, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Deutschland    

    Editorial Board
    Stefano Amendola, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italia    
    Federico Boschetti, ILC-CNR, Pisa; VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Antonella Candio, Ricercatrice indipendente    
    Laura Carrara, Università di Pisa, Italia    
    Carmela Cioffi, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Carlo Franco, Ricercatore indipendente    
    Alessandro Franzoi, Professore in quiescenza    
    Massimo Manca, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia    
    Roberto Medda, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italia    
    Valeria Melis, Università degli Studi di Cagliari; Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Luca Mondin, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Stefano Novelli, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italia    
    Leyla Ozbek, Ricercatrice indipendente    
    Giovanna Pace, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italia    
    Antonio Pistellato, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Giovanni Ravenna, Professore in quiescenza    
    Giancarlo Scarpa, Ricercatore indipendente    
    Paolo Scattolin, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    
    Matteo Taufer, Ricercatore indipendente    
    Olga Tribulato, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    
    Martina Venuti, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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    The citations follow the abbreviations given by ThlL for Latin (e.g. Hor. ars and not Ars) and by LSJ for Greek (see exceptions in the section below).

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    Aesch. not A. → Aesch. Suppl. Sept. Pers. PV Ag. Ch. Eum.

    Soph. not S. → Soph. Ai. El. OT Ant. Tr. Phil. OC

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    Aristoph. not Ar. → Aristoph. Ach. Eq. Nub. Vesp. Av. Pax Lys. Thesm. Ran. Eccl. Pl.

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    Xen. not X.


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    Journal names should be italicised; they should not be put in inverted commas. The abbreviations of the Année Philologique are generally adopted. Names of journals not included in the Année Philologique should be written in full.



    Parker, R. (1983). Miasma: Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Radt, S.L. (1977). Tragicorum Graecorum fragmenta. Vol. 4, Sophocles. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

    Krumeich, R.; Pechstein, N.; Seidensticker, B. (Hrsgg) (1999). Das griechischen Satyrspiel. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.

    Journal articles:

    Boardman, J. (1975). «Herakles, Peisistratos and Eleusis». JHS, 95, 1-12.

    Armstrong, D.; Hanson, A.E. (1987). «The Virgin’s Voice and Neck. Aeschylus, Agamemnon 245 and Other Texts». BICS, 33, 97-100.

    Volume chapters:

    Harvey, D. (2005). «Tragic Thrausmatology: The Study of the Fragments of Greek Tragedy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries». McHardy, F.; Robson, J.; Harvey, D. (eds), Lost Dramas of Classical Athens: Greek Tragic Fragments. Exeter: Liverpool University Press, 328-61.

    Bibliographic abbreviations ‘Name year’ will be used in the notes, according to these examples:

    Parker 1983, 254-7; Harvey 2005, 328; Krumeich, Pechstein, Seidensticker 1999, 25-30.

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    Ethical Code of Lexis. Poetica, retorica e comunicazione sulla tradizione classica

    Lexis is a peer-reviewed scientific journal whose policy is inspired by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Ethical Code. See the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

    Publisher’s responsibilities  

    The Publisher must provide the Journal with adequate resources and the guidance of experts, in order to carry out its role in the most professional way, aiming at the highest quality standard.

    The Publisher must have a written agreement that defines the relationship with the owner of the Journal and/or the Editor-in-Chief. The agreement must comply with the Code of Behavior for Publishers of Scientific Journals, as established by COPE.

    The relationship among the Editor-in-Chief, the Advisory Board and the Publisher is based on the principle of publishing independence. 

    Editors’ responsibilities 

    The Editor-in-Chief and the Advisory Board of Lexis alone are responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted.

    Submitted articles, after having been checked for plagiarism by means of the anti-plagiarism software Compilatio that is used by the University and is made available to us, will be sent to at least two reviewers. Final acceptance presumes the implementation of possible amendments, as required by the reviewers and under the supervision of the Lexis Editor-in-Chief.

    The Lexis Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board must evaluate each submitted paper in compliance with the Journalʼs policy, i.e. exclusively on the basis of its scientific content, without discrimination of race, sex, gender, creed, ethnic origin, citizenship, or the scientific, academic and political position of the Authors. 

    Allegations of misconduct

    If the Lexis Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board notice (or receive notifications of) mistakes or inaccuracies, conflict of interest or plagiarism in a published article, they will immediately warn the Author and the Publisher and will undertake the necessary actions to resolve the issue. They will do their best to correct the published content whenever they are informed that it contains scientific errors or that the authors have committed unethical or illegal acts in connection with their published work. If necessary, they will withdraw the article or publish a recantation.

    All complaints are handled in accordance with the guidelines published by the COPE.

    Concerns and complaints must be addressed to the following e-mail ecf_support@unive.it. The letter should contain the following information:

    • complainant’s personal information;
    • title, author(s), publication date, DOI;
    • complaint(s);
    • declaration that the complainant has no conflict of interest, or declaration of an actual or potential conflict of interest.

    Authors’ responsibilities


    Authors must follow the Guidelines for Authors to be downloaded from the Lexis website.

    No multiple submissions

    Authors must explicitly state that their work is original in all its parts and that the submitted paper has not been previously published, nor submitted to other journals, until the entire evaluation process is completed. Since no paper gets published without significant revision, earlier dissemination in conference proceedings or working papers does not preclude consideration for publication, but Authors are expected to fully disclose publication/dissemination of the material in other closely related publications, so that the overlap can be evaluated by the Lexis Editor-in-Chief. 


    Authors are strongly encouraged to use their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript. This will ensure the authors’ visibility and correct citation of their work.

    Authorship must be correctly attributed; all those who have given a substantial contribution to the design, organisation and accomplishment of the research the article is based on, must be indicated as Co-Authors. Please ensure that: the order of the author names is correct; the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that affiliations are up-to-date.

    The respective roles of each co-author should be described in a footnote. The statement that all authors have approved the final version should be included in the disclosure.

    Conflicts of interest and financing

    Authors, under their own responsibility, must avoid any conflict of interest affecting the results obtained or the interpretations suggested. The Lexis Editor-in-Chief will give serious and careful consideration to suggestions of cases in which, due to possible conflict of interest, an Author’s work should not be reviewed by a specific scholar. Authors should indicate any financing agency or the project the article stems from. 


    Authors must see to it that all works consulted be properly quoted. If works or words of others are used, they have to be properly paraphrased or duly quoted. Quotations between “double quotes” (or «angled quotation marks» if the text is written in a language other than English) must reproduce the exact wording of the source; under their own responsibility, Authors should carefully refrain from disguising a restyling of the source’s wording, as though it was the original formulation. 

    Any form of excessive, inappropriate or unnecessary self-citation, as well as any other form of citation manipulation, are strongly discouraged.

    Ethical Committee

    Whenever required, the research protocols must be authorised in advance by the Ethical Committee of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. 


    When Authors find a mistake or an inaccuracy in their own article, they must immediately warn the Lexis Editor-in-Chief, providing all the information needed to make the due adjustments. 

    Reviewers’ responsibilities


    By means of the peer-review procedure, reviewers assist the Lexis Editor-in-Chief and Advisory Board in taking decisions on the articles submitted. They are expected to offer the Authors suggestions as to possible adjustments aimed at improving their contribution submission. 

    Timing and conflicts of interest

    If a reviewer does not feel up to the task of doing a given review, or if she/he is unable to read the work within the agreed schedule, she/he should notify the Lexis Editor-in-Chief. Reviewers must not accept articles for which there is a conflict of interest due to previous contributions or to a competition with a disclosed author (or with an author they believe to have identified). 


    The content of the reviewed work must be considered confidential and must not be used without explicit authorisation by the Author, who is to be contacted via the editor-in-chief. Any confidential information obtained during the peer review process should not be used for other purposes.

    Collaborative attitude

    Reviewers should see themselves not as adversaries but as advocates for the field. Any comment must be done in a collaborative way and from an objective point of view. Reviewers should clearly motivate their comments and keep in mind the Golden Rule of Reviewing: “Review for others as you would have others review for you”. 


    Reviewers should report any similarity or overlapping of the work under analysis with other works known to them.