Journal of Ancient Civilizations


ISSN: 2097-2296 (old: 1004-9371) // CN 22-1428/K (old: CN 22-1213/K)

The JOURNAL OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS (JAC) is published annually in two fascicles by the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China).

The aim of JAC is to provide a forum for the discussion of various aspects of the cultural and historical processes in the Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean world, encompassing studies of individual civilizations as well as common elements, contacts, and interactions among them (e.g. in such traditional fields as Assyriology, Egyptology, Hittitology, Classics, Byzantine Studies, and Sinology, among others). Hence, we publish the work of international scholars while also providing a showcase for the finest Chinese scholarship, and so welcome articles dealing with history, philology, art, archaeology, and linguistics that are intended to illuminate the material culture and society of the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean region, and ancient China. Articles discussing other cultures will be considered for publication only if they are clearly relevant to the ancient Mediterranean world, the Near East, and China. Information about new discoveries and current scholarly events is also welcome. Publishers are encouraged to send review copies of books in the relevant fields.

JAC is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. Articles must not have been published in, or submitted to, another publication at the time of submission. All submitted articles are first carefully read by at least two editors of JAC, who will give a feedback to the author. Articles (excluding book reviews or research reports) are afterwards reviewed anonymously by at least two referees in the specific field, appointed by the editorial board. The whole peer-review process as well as any judgment is based on the quality of the article and the research conducted therein only. In cases where the reviewers recommend changes in the manuscript, authors are requested to revise their articles. The final approval of articles is at the editorial board. Throughout the whole peer-review process, articles are treated confidentially. In case of (alleged or supposed) interest conflict, misconduct, or plagiarism of any party involved the editor in chief and/or the executive editor in chief (or, if necessary, another member of the editorial board) will pursue the case and should the situation of taking action arise, will notify the respective party. From time to time, we will publish a list of the referees on our homepage (, to make the double blind peer-review process transparent and comprehensible.

All communications, manuscripts, disks and books for review should be sent to the Assistant Editor, Journal of Ancient Civilizations, Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations, Northeast Normal University, 130024 Changchun, Jilin Province, People’s Republic of China (e-mail:, or to the Executive Editor in Chief, Prof. Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. (e-mail: or

JAC Founder: Prof. Zhichun LIN †

Editor in Chief: Prof. Dr. Qiang ZHANG

Executive Editor in Chief: Prof. Dr. Sven GÜNTHER, M.A.

Executive Editors:

Dr. Chiara DI SERIO

Dr. habil. Thorsten FÖGEN

Dr. habil. Takayoshi OSHIMA

Dr. Douglas WHALIN

Dr. Katharina ZINN

Consulting Editors:

Prof. Dr. Gary BECKMAN (University of Michigan)

Dr. Elizabeth BLOXAM (University College London)

Prof. Dr. Angelos CHANIOTIS (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)

Prof. Dr. Wayne HOROWITZ (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Prof. Dr. Hartmut LEPPIN (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main)

Prof. Dr. Xiaodong LI (IHAC, NENU, Changchun)

Prof. Dr. Cécile MICHEL (CNRS / University of Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Robert ROLLINGER (University of Innsbruck)

Prof. Dr. Kai RUFFING (University of Kassel)

Prof. Dr. Ian SHAW (University of Liverpool)

Prof. Dr. Yuhong WU (IHAC, NENU, Changchun)

Assistant Editor:

Dr. Xueliang SHI

ISSN: 2097-2296 (old: 1004-9371) // CN 22-1428/K (old: CN 22-1213/K)

Contact details

Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC)

c/o Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC)

Northeast Normal University

5268 Renmin Street

130024 Changchun, Jilin Province

People’s Republic of China

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