I’ve just opened today’s mail, and found volume 1, number 1 of The Journal of Late Antiquity.
“The Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA) is the first international English-language journal dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity writ large. The journal provides a venue for multi-disciplinary coverage of all the methodological, geographical, and chronological facets of Late Antiquity. All of Late Antiquity will be represented–from the late and post-classical world up to the Carolingian period, and including the late Roman, western European, Byzantine, Sassanid, and Islamic worlds, ca. AD 250-800. JLA is essential, not only as a space for scholarship dealing with practical and theoretical issues, but, in particular, to bridge the gap between literary and material culture scholarship. One of the primary goals of the journal is to highlight the status of Late Antiquity as a discrete historical period in its own right.”
I note that the second article is by someone I’ve actually had dinner with, Edward James. (A first for me. Most medievalists–late antiquarians??–are just photons and electrons floating in the ether. Very kind, helpful, knowledgeable photons, it’s true, but not entirely real to me.)
The journal looks wonderful. I can’t wait to dig in.