Rhea Classical Reviews is predicated on the beliefs that: (1) book reviews should be a constructive, conscientious, and helpful evaluation of the work; (2) the current review model in Classics and related fields does not always prioritize these qualities; (3) emerging and alternative scholars, and particularly individuals within equity-seeking groups, would benefit from a review venue that embraces their contributions as authors and reviewers.
Rhea features reviews written exclusively by emerging or alternative academics: pre-tenure, non-tenure track, or contingent faculty; graduate students; independent scholars; and those with academic training who have chosen a career path adjacent to or outside of academia proper. The books reviewed by Rhea are, with rare exception, also written by such scholars.
In addition, Rhea reviews may include a Q&A with the author or editor of the work under review, facilitating a collegial exchange of ideas as part of the review process.
Rhea is a space for emerging and alternative scholars, giving priority to new and underrepresented voices by offering a collaborative model for book reviews in ancient Mediterranean studies.