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Photo: Franco Bruni
Photo: Franco Bruni

The Mélanges

The École française de Rome (EFR) publishes a journal, the Mélanges de l’École française de Rome, which came into being at the end of the 19th century as Mélanges d’archéologie et d’histoire. In 1971 it was divided into two parts (Antiquité et Moyen Âge and Temps Modernes), and since 1989 has comprised three series: Antiquité (MEFRA), Moyen Âge (MEFRM), and Italie et Méditerranée modernes et contemporaines (MEFRIM), each of which comes out twice a year. The more recently established MEFRIM publishes articles in all the disciplines relevant to the human and social sciences – history, but also anthropology, law, geography, sociology, political sciences… – concerning modern and contemporary Italy and the Mediterranean up to the present, including their interactions with the rest of the world.

The Mélanges is a highly ranked, peer-reviewed international journal. It gives prominence to work arising from sources in Rome, Italy, the Balkans and the Maghreb and publishes thematic dossiers coordinated by one or more specialists, source publications, as well as articles in its Varia Section. The texts are published in French, Italian, English, German and Spanish, with summaries in the author’s language and in English.

The Chronique des activités archéologiques

The Chronique presents accounts of the archaeological activities with which the EFR is associated or which are conducted by French teams in Italy, North Africa and the Balkans. Those in charge of the activities present here the preliminary results of their archaeological research from prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages. The Chronique, previously published in the Mélanges of the EFR, has since 2012 been a stand-alone electronic publication and with a continuous flow of information on

The Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger 

Founded in 2020, the  Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger  includes the archaeological reports of the network of the Écoles françaises à l’étranger, namely the  École française d’Athènes, the École française de Rome,  the Institut français d’archéologie orientale, the École française d’Extrême-Orient and the Casa de Velázquez. Several geographical areas are covered : the Mediterranean one, Balkans, India and Asia. This Bulletin is an open access publication, periodically updated, and available on the link:

The Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d’Athènes et de Rome (Library of the Écoles françaises of Athens and of Rome) 

In 1876, Albert Dumont, at that time Director of the École française d’Athènes, founded the   Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d’Athènes et de Rome (BEFAR) to enable publication of the theses of the members of the two institutions. As regards the Roman side, this collection now aims to gather together every monograph from the work of former members (doctoral theses, accreditations to direct research, or any work resulting from their stay at the EFR). 

The Collection of the École française de Rome

In 1964 the EFR created the Suppléments aux Mélanges which in 1972 became the Collection de l’École française de Rome. It gathers together the collective works resulting from research programmes, publications of excavation sites and monographs. It covers a vast time span ranging from prehistory to the present time.

Lectures méditerranéennes


Focusing on the Mediterranean Sea and his various aspects, the series Lectures méditerranéennes offers several interpretative points of view, through the publication of papers read during international meetings, conferences and discussions held in Rome. Through this series, The École française de Rome opens its doors to a larger public interested in how and why the Mediterranean Sea – often considered as a “closed sea” – had such a relevant importance during the centuries.

Roma Antica

In the 1980s, the EFR and Rome’s Soprintendenza archeologica [Government department responsible for archaeology] began this collection intended for the publication in common particularly of the results of the excavations undertaken by the EFR on the territory under the supervision of the above-mentioned department.

Sources and documents

This collection is the continuation of the series Sources et documents d’histoire du Moyen Âge, established by André Vauchez at the end of the 1990s. This new series starts with the critical publication of sources from all epochs, including the publication of materials of the social sciences.  

Acta Nuntiaturae Gallicae

Begun in 1961 in collaboration with the Pontifical Gregorian University, the aim of this series is to publish the correspondence of Holy See Ambassadors, Nuncios and Legates in France under the Ancien Régime.

Exhibition catalogues and the Bibliographie analytique de l’Afrique antique

Various works are published outside the traditional series: monographs on important monuments (Palazzo Farnese, Villa Medici), catalogues of exhibitions for whose scientific presentation the EFR is responsible, and a critical current bibliography of the work on the ancient Maghreb (Bibliographie analytique de l’Afrique antique). 

The École française de Rome classics

In 2014 the EFR launched its new series entitled Classiques École française de Rome, available in bookshops. In a semi-hard format and at an accessible price (from 20 € to 25 €), this series offers to the public what are now key titles but which until today have been out of print. Published regularly, the Classiques also include prefaces or afterwords that provide updates and additional bibliographical references. In carrying on the success of the Collection and of the BEFAR, with so many works that have become standard reference books for research in history, archaeology or in the social sciences, the series is as it were an illumination both of the past and of the contemporary world. It will be of interest at the same time to teachers at colleges, secondary schools or universities and to students, as well as to the wider educated and curious public.

Papal registers and letters

This series, inaugurated by August Geffroy, the first Director of the EFR, has since its creation published the registers of popes of the 13th and 14th centuries. The task continues in collaboration with the Centre interuniversitaire d’histoire et d’archéologie médiévales in Lyon (UMR 5648) and the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (CNRS, Paris). The publisher Brépols has been responsible for its electronic publication since the 2000s, under the title of Ut per litteras apostolicas.