The History and Sources of Ancient Worlds Laboratory resulted from the gradual consolidation, over the past fifteen years, of academic institutes and CNRS teams sharing a common interest in Greco-Roman antiquity and the eastern Mediterranean: Institut Fernand-Courby, Sources Chrétiennes, JE Romanitas, EA Jean-Palerne, and, most recently, the CEROR (EA 664 of the Université Jean-Moulin Lyon 3).
It is one of the constituent laboratories of the Research Federation "Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux". It includes about 80 researchers, teacher-researchers, post-doctoral students, engineers and administrative staff, attached to one of the five tutors, 90 PhD students and about 40 associate researchers.
The research carried out at the HiSoMA concerns the ancient worlds, addressed through the specialized disciplines of the Ancient Sciences of archaeology, history, literary studies, philology, epigraphy, numismatics, and iconography, over a very long period stretching from the Ancient Pharaoh's Empire to the end of Late Antiquity, and in a coherent geographical space that corresponds mainly to the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean. The work of the laboratory is widely recognized abroad and, on some programs, HiSoMA is the same network leader of international research.