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  • L'Annee Philologique (or The Year in Philology)  is a comprehensive international bibliography of works on the language, history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.  It is the primary resource for Classical Studies.  Access through the EBSCO platform provides increased functionality and allows researchers to search L'Annee in combination with related databases such as Humanities International Complete or Art FullText.

  • Clicking on this link allows you to search across the literature of a broad range of disciplines.  Included are: L'Annee philologique, Humanities International Complete, Humanities Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, Art Full Text, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, the Religion and Philosophy Collection, Academic Search Complete and several other humanities related databases. 

  • JSTOR is a large, multidisciplinary collection of the top journals in many fields. To restrict to Classical Studies, use the Advanced Search and select Classical Studies and, perhaps also add, Archaeology, History, Art, Language & Literature, and/or Philosophy. Content includes full text from the first issue of a journal to approximately 5 years ago so do not consider this as a place to retrieve up-to-date information.
  • As the name implies, this resource provides searchable access to the tables of contents of about 185 print journals of interest to classicists from 1992 to the present.   The list of journals covered, with the title abbreviations is available at http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/amphoras/revues.txt.  To find out if the articles that are referred to are available at Western, search the journal name in the Shared Library Catalogue.
  • Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. It is published monthly from September to May (each volume covers one calendar year) by the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati.


  • The Atlas of Classical History covers the Near East, ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; reflecting the period between 1700 BCE and 565 CE. This atlas is located at DBW reference G 1033.G65
  • "Beautifully produced with an exquisite combination of scholarly precision and the highest level of cartographic art, this atlas is one of the greatest achievements in 20th-century Greek and Roman scholarship and it probably will never be superceded. It contains 99 strikingly clear and precise color maps reflecting Greek or Roman presence in the ancient world and presenting the landscape, insofar as possible, as it was in those times. The maps provide locations for the sites of thousands of known cities as well as indicators of less securely attested areas of habitation from the ninth-century B.C. to the fifth century A.D." - From Publisher's Weekly

    DBW ref atlas NO LOAN G1033.B33 2000 
    Note: DBW ref atlas refers to the atlas cabinet next to the right hand opening into the Reference Collection on the first floor of The D. B. Weldon Library.

  • "The Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece traces the historical, cultural, and political development of the Greeks, who created the first democratic society in the world and whose empire under Alexander the Great spanned most of the known world. While its citizen-soldiers safeguarded Hellenic civilization when it was threatened by the Persians, Greek writers, poets, architects, politicians, and philosophers created an enduring cultural legacy. This atlas covers all aspects of ancient Greek history and culture, with an engaging text, specially created maps, and full-color photographs and illustrations."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Sections include Rome and Italy, The Early Republic, Hannibal at the Gates, The Late Republic, the Fall of the Republic, The New Caesars, Imperial Dreams and Civil War, Pax Romana, the Age of Insecurity, A New Direction, and Collapse of an Empire.  There are also two appendices:The Emperors: Augustus to Justinian & Common Roman Names, a glossary, and an index.
  • This web site provides free access to digital maps of the ancient world that can be downloaded in a variety of formats.


  • Thesaurus  Linguae Latinae is defined by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as "probably the most scholarly dictionary in the world.  It is an etymological dictionary of Latin from the third century BCE to 600 CE.  The goal of TLL is to provide "the most nuanced and comprehensive picture of a word,  its meaning(s) and its history." (Hillen, Trans. APA, 137, p. 495)  This new online edition employs a new user interface as well as a multilingual introduction.  It allows researchers to deal with issues that they could not consider using other formats of TLL.

  • Outstanding, one-volume compendium that covers all aspects of the ancient world.  Available in print in Weldon (DBW Reference DE5.O9 2003) or online through Past Masters.


  • New Pauly Online is the online version of the unrivalled modern reference work for the ancient world.  Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World is the first modern, multi-volume encyclopedia of antiquity in the English language.  It provides more than 19,000 entries and sub-entries with detailed coverage of the ancient world, from the prehistory of the Aegean (2nd millennium BCE) to late antiquity (600-800 CE.) If you prefer the original German language edition, please click here. The print edition of the English language edition can be found in DBW reference DE5 .N4813 2002.

  • The Cambridge Ancient History (CAH), the standard multi-volume history of the ancient world, is now easily accessible online. The unique content along with the enhanced usability and functionality is extremely beneficial to those studing ancient history. The online version is part of Cambridge Histories Online, which includes the following related encyclopeaedias:

  • This multi-volume guide to the world of classical antiquity is comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world--Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman--from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. Broad overviews of literature, history, archaeology, art, philosophy, science, and religion are complimented by articles on authors and their works, historical figures and events, archaeology, science, artistic themes and materials, philosophical schools, gods, heroes, and myths. 

  • The Oxford Reference Online Premium provides 24/7 access to many standard reference sources including the Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization, the Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, Who's Who in the Classical World, the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (English-Latin), the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (Latin-English) and the Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World . Click here for the database's Help information.

  • An excellent addition to our Reference collection, the 3-volume Homer Encyclopedia, provides in-depth coverage of Homer's world and of Homeric scholarhsip.  Entries by over 130 contributors cover topics from 'Allegorical Interpretation' to Zeus.  The encyclopedia includes an 80-page bibliography of secondary material and a detailed index. Review available at http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2012/2012-03-44.html

  • This new online encyclopedia from Wiley includes over 5000 A-Z entries ranging from 250-5000 words covering the entire ancient Mediterranean world including the Near East and Egypt from the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE.

  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture spans every art form, medium, and civilization of the era. Arranged alphabetically and enriched with hundreds of illustrations and maps, this two-volume set contains more than 1,000 entries tracing the development of the art forms in Classical civilizations.  This set is located at DBW refefence N5610 .G76 2007
  • This standard reference work, edited by Richard Stillwell and originally published by Princeton University Press in 1976, includes articles on over 5,000 Greco-Roman sites, with accompanying bibliography. Through the digital version you can link to more than 4,400 new photographs of Roman sites. The 1976 print edition can be found at DBW reference DE59 .P7 .

Literary Criticism

  • Literature Criticism Online (LCO) provides excerpts of critical works about literature from earliest times to the present. The print volumes of the Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC) section are found in Weldon at DBW reference PN610.C58. This is a valuable resource for students seeking critical commentary on the works and authors of antiquity through the fourteenth century, biography and textual history, bibliographies of the writer's works, wide-ranging critical opinion, and suggested sources for further reading.

  • Fifty Key Classical Authors provides an excellent introduction to fifty important Greek and Roman authors (Homer, Plato, Aristotle,Thucydides, Ovid, Horace, Virgil, etc.) Entries are arranged chronologically and there is a useful timeline from pages 407-411  Each entry contains a 7 or 8 page introduction to the author's most important works and also provides a list of important original texts, best translations, and commentaries as well as a list for further readings.   This volume is found at DBW Ref PA3002 .Z5S53 2002.

  • Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome is a two-volume set, similar to Fifty Key Classical Authors (see above) but with longer essays (some as long as 60 pages) and longer and more bibliographic entries, divided as appropriate for each author being treated.  It also contains entries for groups and periods such as Greek lyric poets and Hellenistic poetry at Alexandria. These volumes can be found at DBW Ref PA3002 .A5 1982

Primary Resources

  • An excellent digital library of the Classical World hosted by Tufts University, Perseus resources include maps, art, archaeology, texts, encyclopaedias, Smyth's Greek Grammar, an overview of Greek Syntax by Jeffrey Cox Rydberg, lexica, and more. The web site contains over 600 Classical primary sources and secondary texts in English, Greek, and Latin, all of them searchable.

  • "The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.  For help with searching see: http://www.proquest.com/assets/downloads/products/pld_search_tips_english.pdf

  • Searchable full text of volumes of the Loeb Classical Library.

  • Library of Latin Texts is a primary source collection that contains texts from the beginning of Latin literature (Livius Andronicus, 240 BC) through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The complete works of writers such as Cicero, Virgil, Augustine, Jerome, Gregory the Great, Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Kempis can be consulted.

  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae online or TLG provides access to digitized texts of most literary works written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. To begin searching, click the ENTER button under "A. Unicode input and display".

    For help with searching and more information about polytonic Greek fonts, see the Guide to using the Online TLG.

  • The ALD provides searchable access to the complete corpus of medieval translations of the works of Aristotle. Included is an extensive help guide in pdf that explains the structure of the database, available searching options, transliteration methods, etc.

  • The Internet Classics Archive is a collection of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. The works are ainly Greco-Roman (with some Chinese and Persian), all are in English translation. The site allows you to construct powerful queries to search the texts provided locally and remotely, Search by work and author, as well as search the entire archive.
  • The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum (CSL) is a collaborative project among scholars from a variety of disciplines with the main purpose of creating a digital library of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century. The CSL is an up-to-date catalogue of all Latin texts that are currently available online in a single, centralized resource for locating Latin literature on the internet. The site is keyword searchable and also browsable by author, title, genre, or date.  For ancient Greek texts, see the Library of Ancient Texts Online.
  • The Library of Ancient Texts Online (LATO) is the internet's most thorough catalogue of online copies of ancient Greek texts, both in Greek and in translation. This is a site for all with an interest in the Classics. LATO is organised by author, or, where authorship is uncertain, by the titles of texts. The aim is to make online copies of ancient Greek texts easily accessible to both scholars and to those with a general interest in ancient literature, to ancient historians and archaeologists, teachers and students. For Latin texts, please click here for Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum.
  • Past Masters is a full-text collection of letters and works by significant thinkers of the past.  Included in Past Masters of interest to Classicists are the complete works in English of  Aristotle and the Collected Dialogues of Plato.  Begin in Past Masters by selecting Greek Philosophy from the drop-down list.

Web Sites

  • ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 700,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, and the humanities. The resource includes a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes.  For examples of how to cite images from ARTstor see http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Citing#Citation_examples.

  • This site includes course materials, the beginnings of a systematic and searchable bibliography, and links to many on-line resources, including articles, book reviews, databases, and images.  The bibliographies by topic can be a useful starting point for your research.
  • Read and explore the history of  Ancient Greece from the Neolithic to the classical period. This web site covers topics such as art and architecture, mythology, wars, culture and society, poetry, the ancient Olympics, historic periods, philosophy, playwrights, kings and rulers of Ancient Greece, etc. The site includes a glossary of terms, architectural drawings, photos including 360 degree views of Greek sculptures, genealogical charts of the Greek gods, etc.