The Birth of Hesperia: A View from the Archives

by Jack L. Davis

Hesperia, Volume 76, Issue 1
Page(s): 21-35
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25068010
Year: 2007


Edward Capps understood the need for a periodical such as Hesperia and promoted its establishment as part of an overall program of reform that he introduced early in his tenure as chairman of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (1918-1939). Since its first appearance in 1932, the journal has succeeded where previous efforts at creating a periodical for the American School failed. In this essay, the author discusses the motivating forces that between 1927 and 1932 prompted the creation of Hesperia, and considers several of the longer-term consequences of its editorial policies for the research program and intellectual life of the School.