Friday, October 21, 2022

Open Access Journal: Pons Aelius

Aims and Scopes

Pons Aelius, published bi-annually, is designed to be a platform for postgraduate students and early career researchers to present their research to a new, wider audience.  It seeks to include work related to all areas and periods of history and archaeological study. The journal’s theme is decided by the editorial board with the intention to match current themes relevant to current academic interests. It aims to be as inclusive as possible, with themes being chosen which will appeal to a broad range of researchers.  As part of this inclusive ethos, we also encourage MA and non-PhD postgraduates to submit papers.  Our editorial team distributes a ‘call for papers’ and papers are selected for inclusion based on their merit and the appropriateness to the annual theme. The journal is geared towards both academic and public readership. As such, all articles included in each edition include contextual information and avoid specialist terminology (unless clearly defined). 

Pons Aelius does not accept repeats/variations of already published articles and does its utmost to tackle plagarism (though it does not possesses specialist software to do so). Submissions must be the authors own work and feature a degree of originality. Questions regarding the research of particular papers included in the journals should be directed to the authors.  The contact details of the author are always included at the head of the paper.

 14th edition of Pons Aelius (2022)


Christopher Tinmouth, The Significance of the First Crusade to the Institutional Memory of Orderic Vitalis’ Ecclesiastical History. 1-15.

Paul Davy, Political Violence in the Second Spanish Republic. 16-30.


Arnau Lario-Devesa, A Quest for the Ancient World. The appropriation of the proto-historic and Roman heritage by contending national and regional political movements in the nineteenth-century Spain. 31-46.

Teifion Gambold, Culture of Conflict? Trans-Rhenish Exchange and the Transformation of the ‘Roman World’. 47-66.

Gary Watson, Palmyra’s Roman Revolution: How Rome Enabled the Palmyrene Empire. 67-79.

Editor’s Comments

The theme of this edition is ‘conflict’, chosen to address an ever present theme in our society. Conflict is often devastating for everyone involved, warping personal identities and leaving a trail of destruction behind it. However, conflict also brings the chance to understand others and to adapt; the latter being of great worth today, where the world changes dramatically day after day. These ideas are reflected in the collected papers of this edition of Pons Aelius, whether that is seen during the First Crusade, in 19th century Spain or in Ancient Rome. You will find arguments that tackle how conflict of the past can be used to build a society and how memories of war can be transformed into a new identity. The papers take us from Ancient Rome and beyond, all the way to 19th century Spain, where conflict was, and still is, shaping the world of the past and the present. We must remember to keep our minds open during this process; conflict cannot always be avoided but we can ensure, if it is neccesary, that it is used productively. Not for material gain, or to harm others, but to promote understanding and acceptance in the wake of it.

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