Classics Research Guide

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  • Annee Philologique (1959 to present)
    Index to articles and books about ancient authors, texts, history, art, and archeology.
  • Cambridge Companions
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars.
  • International Medieval Bibliography
    Comprehensive index of journal articles and books about Europe, North Africa, and the Near East from 300 to 1500.
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Library of Latin Texts (240 BC to 1965)
    Texts from the beginning of Latin literature through to the texts of the Second Vatican Council.
  • Loeb Classical Library
    All 520 of the in-print Loeb volumes of Latin and Greek texts with up-to-date English translations on the facing pages, fully searchable and browseable. Create a user account to save searches, bookmarks, and annotations.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases


Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
  • Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek
    Considered the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek; brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE.
  • Database of Latin Dictionaries
    Dictionaries for translation, etymologies, and historical context. Cross-searchable with the Library of Latin Texts.
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient History
    Contains over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE, and covers all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt.
  • Historisches Worterbuch der Rhetorik
    Comprehensive academic reference work for scholarship on rhetoric.
  • Jacoby Online (Brill)
    The authoritative resource for the study of ancient Greek historians, it includes Jacoby's Fragmente der griechischen Historiker I-III; Brill's New Jacoby, a new English edition of FgrHist I-IIII; and Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker IV and V.
  • Literature Resource Center
    Full-text critical studies, biographies of authors; covers all genres, all time periods, and all regions.
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary
    This established reference work has been thoroughly updated for this edition to reflect modern scholarship, covering all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology.
  • Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
    Provides an authoritative survey of the Greek and Roman worlds in all their aspects
  • Oxford Reference
    Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
    Digital library of literary texts written in Greek from Homer (8 BC) to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. (Access requires each user to set up an account with individual username/password)
  • Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL)
    Online version of the standard (and ongoing) scholarly dictionary of ancient Latin.
  • The Online Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon
    Liddell-Scott-Jones (known as LSJ or Liddell-Scott) is the standard lexicographical resource for Classical Greek.
  • Perseus Digital Library: Lewis and Short Latin Dictionary


  • Amherst College Digital Collections
    Digitized art works, photographs, manuscripts, books, and other media from Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and the library’s Art & Architecture Collection.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Bridgeman Education
    A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.


Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

Classical Latin Texts
Essentially all Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, with some from later antiquity; browse by author or search by word or using the concordance. From the Packard Humanities Institute. 

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    The realness of things past : ancient Greece and ontological history (Anderson, Greg, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DF211 .A53 2018

    Nemesis : Alcibiades and the fall of Athens (Stuttard, David, author.) Frost Library; DF230.A4 S78 2018

    Sparta : fall of a warrior nation (Matyszak, Philip, author.) Frost Library; DF261.S8 M38 2018

    The Greek superpower : Sparta in the self-definitions of Athenians Frost Library; DF289 .G74 2018

    Models from the past in Roman culture : a world of exempla (Roller, Matthew B., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DG203 .R65 2018

    Rome and the making of a world state, 150 BCE-20 CE (Osgood, Josiah, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DG231 .O75 2018

    Hannibal's road : the Second Punic War in Italy 213-203 BC. (Roberts, Mike (Military historian), author.) Frost Library; DG249.3 .R63 2017

    Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14-2014 Frost Library; DG279 .A57 2018

    Augustus : from republic to empire Frost Library; DG279 .A94 2017

    Augustus at war : the struggle for the Pax Augusta (Powell, Lindsay.) Frost Library; DG279 .P69 2018

    Caligula : an unexpected general (Fratantuono, Lee, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DG283 .F73 2018

    Empire and political cultures in the Roman world (Dench, Emma, author.) Frost Library; DG311 .D52 2018

    Emperors and Usurpers in the later Roman Empire (Omissi, Adrastos, 1986- author.) Frost Library; DG311 .O45 2018

    Daily life in late antiquity (Sessa, Kristina, author.) Frost Library; DG311 .S55 2018

    National human rights action planning (Chalabi, Azadeh, 1985- author.) Frost Library; JC571 .C486 2018

    The mass appeal of human rights (Pruce, Joel R., author.) Frost Library; JC571 .P794 2019

    Rally point : five tasks to unite the country and revitalize the American dream (Gibson, Christopher P. (Christopher Patrick) author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 G53 2017

    Rude awakening : threats to the global liberal order (Guillén, Mauro F., author.) Frost Library; JC574 .G84 2018

    The lost history of liberalism : from ancient Rome to the twenty-first century (Rosenblatt, Helena, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; JC574 .R67 2018

    The politics of petulance : America in an age of immaturity (Wolfe, Alan, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; JC574.2.U6 W67 2018

    Injustice : political theory for the real world (Goodhart, Michael E., 1969-, author.) Frost Library; JC578 .G648 2018

    War and liberty : an American dilemma : 1790 to the present (Stone, Geoffrey R.) Frost Library; JC591 .S76 2007

    Playing the identity card : surveillance, security and identification in global perspective Frost Library; JC596 .P53 2008

    North Korean human rights : activists and networks Frost Library; JC599.K7 N68 2018

    Dictionnaire grec-français et français-grec (Byzantios, Dēmētrios Christodoulos Skarlatos, 1798-1878.) Archives and Special Collections; PA1139.F5 B99 1856

    Rhetoric in classical historiography : four studies (Woodman, A. J. (Anthony John), 1945-) Frost Library; PA181 .W66 1988

    Learn Latin from the Romans : a complete introductory course using textbooks from the Roman Empire (Dickey, Eleanor, author.) Frost Library; PA2087.5 .D53 2018

    Reading the way to the netherworld Frost Library; PA3014.F88 R45 2017

    Light and darkness in ancient Greek myth and religion Frost Library; PA3014.L47 L54 2010

    Eros at dusk : ancient wedding and love poetry (Wasdin, Katherine, author.) Frost Library; PA3021 .W384 2018

    Griechische Literaturgeschichtsschreibung : Traditionen, Probleme und Konzepte Frost Library; PA3070 .G75 2017

    Orphic tradition and the birth of the gods (Meisner, Dwayne A., author.) Frost Library; PA3092 .M45 2018

    Archaic and classical Attic dedicatory epigrams (Kaczko, Sara, author.) Frost Library; PA3123 .K33 2016

    Choruses, ancient and modern Frost Library; PA3203 .C49 2013

    Diversifying Greek tragedy on the contemporary US stage (Powers, Melinda, author.) Frost Library; PA3238 .P69 2018

    Digital papyrology II : case studies on the digital edition of ancient Greek papyri Frost Library; PA3342 .D54 2018

    Aeschylus, the Oresteia : the texts of the plays, ancient backgrounds and responses, criticism (Aeschylus, author.) Frost Library; PA3825 .A6 2018

    Comedy and religion in classical Athens (Barrenechea, Francisco, author.) Frost Library; PA3875.P6 B377 2018

    The Iphigenia plays : new verse translations (Euripides, author.) Frost Library; PA3975 .A2 2018

    Hesiod (Hesiod, author.) Frost Library; PA4009 .A2 2018

    The reception of the Homeric Hymns Frost Library; PA4023.Z5 R43 2016

    Homer in performance : rhapsodes, narrators, and characters Frost Library; PA4037 .H77474 2018

    The Iliad : the poem of Zeus (Pucci, Pietro, author.) Frost Library; PA4037 .P83 2018

    Mythos and voice : displacement, learning, and agency in Odysseus' world (Underwood, Charles, author.) Frost Library; PA4167.A2 U53 2018

    Lykophron's Alexandra, Rome, and the Hellenistic world (Hornblower, Simon, author.) Frost Library; PA4240.L5 H67 2018

    Plato's styles and characters : between literature and philosophy Frost Library; PA4328 .P57 2016

    Plutarch's rhythmic prose (Hutchinson, G. O., author.) Frost Library; PA4382 .H88 2018

    Sophocles : a study of his theater in its political and social context (Jouanna, Jacques, author.) Frost Library; PA4417 .J6913 2018

    Institutions and ideology in Republican Rome : speech, audience and decision Frost Library; PA6083 .I57 2018

    The commentary on the De arithmetica of Boethius (Thierry, de Chartres, approximately 1100-approximately 1150.) Frost Library; PA6231.A7 T55 2015

    The reception of Cicero in the early Roman empire (Keeline, Thomas J., author.) Frost Library; PA6346 .K445 2018

    Liviana : studies on Livy (Briscoe, John, 1938-, author.) Frost Library; PA6459 .B75 2018

    Propertius, Greek myth, and Virgil : rivalry, allegory, and polemic (Heslin, Peter, author.) Frost Library; PA6646 .H47 2018

    Forward with classics : classical languages in schools and communities Frost Library; PA74 .F679 2018

    Ancient rhetoric and the New Testament : the influence of elementary Greek composition (Parsons, Mikeal C. (Mikeal Carl), 1957-, author.) Frost Library; PA810 .P37 2018

    Œuvres complètes (Sainte-Marthe, Scévole de, 1536-1623.) Frost Library; PA8570 .S24 2010