Ugarit-Verlag was originally established by Prof. Dr. Manfried Dietrich and Prof. Dr. Oswald Loretz on the 13th of July 1988, as a company constituted under civil law (Gesellschaft Bürgerlichen Rechts) for the purpose of publishing academic books. Publication began in 1988 with the series ALASP(M) = “Essays on the Literature of Ancient Syria-Palestine (and Mesopotamia)”, and in the same year the series UBL = “Ugaritic-Biblical Literature” followed.
As a young, independent publishing house, Ugarit-Verlag publishes scientific literature in the field of Ancient East-Mediterranean Studies since 1988 in Münster, Germany. Their focus is in the fields of Philology, History of Religion, History, and Archaeology. Their works are written to an audience of scientists as well as students, who are interested in scientific publications for research, and didactic teaching aids.