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. 

    The transformation of Greek amulets in Roman imperial times (Faraone, Christopher A., author.) Frost Library; DF129 .F37 2018

    Corinth in late antiquity : a Greek, Roman and Christian city (Brown, Amelia Robertson, author.) Frost Library; DF221.C6 B76 2018

    Periclean Athens (Rhodes, P. J. (Peter John) author.) Frost Library; DF227 .R486 2018

    Before & after Alexander : the legend and legacy of Alexander the Great (Billows, Richard A., author.) Frost Library; DF234 .B49 2018

    The early Hellenistic Peloponnese : politics, economies, and networks 338-197 BC (Shipley, D. Graham J., author.) Frost Library; DF235.3 .S55 2018

    Hellenistic pottery : the fine wares (James, Sarah A., author.) Frost Library; DF261.C65 A6 v.7, pt.7 x

    The Hellenistic Peloponnese (Kralli, Ioanna, author.) Frost Library; DF261.P3 K73 2017

    Roman record keeping & communications (Chrystal, Paul, author.) Frost Library; DG13 .C47 2018

    Rome : a history in seven sackings (Kneale, Matthew, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DG209 .K57 2018

    Political communication in the Roman world Frost Library; DG211 .P65 2017

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

    Emperors and usurpers (Scott, Andrew G., author.) Frost Library; DG254 .S34 2018

    Et tu, Brute? : the deaths of the Roman emperors (Novak, Jason, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DG274 .N68 2018

    Augustan Rome (Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; DG279 .W347 2018

    Imperial transportation and communication from the third to the late fourth century (Lemcke, Lukas, author.) Frost Library; DG28 .L46 2016

    Sabina Augusta : an imperial journey (Brennan, T. Corey, author.) Frost Library; DG292.7 .B74 2018

    Lucius Verus and the Roman defence of the East (Bishop, M. C., author.) Frost Library; DG297 .B57 2018

    Septimius Severus in Scotland : the northern campaigns of the first Hammer of the Scots (Elliott, Simon, 1965- author.) Frost Library; DG300 .E45 2018

    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

    Imaginative conservatism : the letters of Russell Kirk (Kirk, Russell, author.) Frost Library; JC573.2.U6 K486 2018

    La llamada de la tribu (Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-, author.) Frost Library; JC574 .V374 2018

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

    Race and nation in the age of emancipations Frost Library; JC596 .R33 2018

    Taking root : human rights and public opinion in the global South (Ron, James, author.) Frost Library; JC599.D4 R66 2017

    Toward a historical sociolinguistic poetics of Medieval Greek Frost Library; PA1043 .T693 2017

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

    Ancient rhetoric : from Aristotle to Philostratus Frost Library; PA181 .A53 2017

    Reading and teaching ancient fiction : Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman narratives Frost Library; PA3003 .R385 2018

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

    Rhetorical strategies in late antique literature : images, metatexts and interpretation Frost Library; PA3038 .R47 2017

    Textual events : performance and the lyric in Early Greece Frost Library; PA3110 .T49 2018

    Music, text, and culture in ancient Greece Frost Library; PA3111 .M87 2018

    Tragedy's endurance : performances of Greek tragedies and cultural identity in Germany since 1800 (Fischer-Lichte, Erika, author.) Frost Library; PA3131 .F45 2017

    The materialities of Greek tragedy : objects and affect in Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides Frost Library; PA3136 .M384 2018

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

    Dirty love : the genealogy of the ancient Greek novel (Whitmarsh, Tim, author.) Frost Library; PA3267 .W54 2018

    The mortal voice in the tragedies of Aeschylus (Nooter, Sarah, author.) Frost Library; PA3829 .N66 2017

    Tragic workings in Euripides' drama : the anthropology of the genre (Des Bouvrie, Synnøve, author.) Frost Library; PA3978 .D475 2018

    Interpreting Herodotus Frost Library; PA4004 .I57 2018

    Logos without rhetoric : the arts of language before Plato Frost Library; PA401 .L64 2017

    The Odyssey of Homer : a Southern African translation (Homer, author.) Frost Library; PA4025.A5 W45 2017

    The measure of Homer : the ancient reception of the Iliad and the Odyssey (Hunter, R. L. (Richard L.) author.) Frost Library; PA4037 .H958 2018

    Communication, love, and death in Homer and Virgil : an introduction (Ridd, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; PA4037 .R526 2017

    Pindar and the poetics of permanence (Spelman, Henry L. (Henry Lawlor), 1987-, author.) Frost Library; PA4276 .S695 2018

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

    Plotinus on beauty and reality : a reader for Enneads I.6 and V.1 (Plotinus, author.) Frost Library; PA4363.A3 W43 2017

    Ethical education in Plutarch : moralising agents and contexts (Xenophontos, Sophia A., 1985-, author.) Frost Library; PA4382 .X46 2016

    Polybius book I, a commentary (Phillips, David D., 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PA4391.A3 P55 2016

    Posthomerica (Quintus, Smyrnaeus, active 4th century, author.) Frost Library; PA4407 .Q4 2018

    Simonides the poet : intertextuality and reception (Rawles, Richard (Richard John) author.) Frost Library; PA4411 .R395 2018

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

    Orator (Cicero, Marcus Tullius.) Frost Library; PA6104 .C4 1914a fasc.5

    The books of Catallus (Catullus, Gaius Valerius, author.) Frost Library; PA6275.E5 S65 2018

    Cicero, Agrarian Speeches : Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary (Cicero, Marcus Tullius, author.) Frost Library; PA6279.A8 M36 2018

    Claudian the poet (Coombe, Clare, 1986-, author.) Frost Library; PA6374 .C66 2018

    Epicurean ethics in Horace : the psychology of satire (Yona, Sergio, author.) Frost Library; PA6411 .Y66 2018

    History of Rome (Livy, author.) Frost Library; PA6452 .A2 2017

    Lucilius and satire in second-century BC Rome Frost Library; PA6481.L6 L83 2018

    Metamorphoses (Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D., author.) Frost Library; PA6522.M2 H8 2018

    Transformations of Ovid in Late Antiquity (Fielding, Ian (Ian David), 1983-, author.) Frost Library; PA6537 .F54 2017

    The lives of Ovid in seventeenth-century French culture (Taylor, Helena, 1985-, author.) Frost Library; PA6537 .T39 2017

    Introspection and engagement in Propertius : a study of book 3 (Wallis, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; PA6646 .W355 2018

    Hercules ; Trojan women ; Phoenician women ; Medea ; Phaedra (Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, approximately 4 B.C.-65 A.D., author.) Frost Library; PA6666.A1 F58 2018

    Oedipus ; Agamemnon ; Thyestes ; Hercules on Oeta ; Octavia (Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, approximately 4 B.C.-65 A.D., author.) Frost Library; PA6666.A1 F59 2018

    Silius italicus, punica 2 (Bernstein, Neil W., 1973-, editor, author.) Frost Library; PA6695 .B47 2017

    Carthage in Virgil's Aeneid : staging the enemy under Augustus (Giusti, Elena, author.) Frost Library; PA6825 .G47 2018

    Virgil's double cross : design and meaning in the Aeneid (Quint, David, author.) Frost Library; PA6825 .Q56 2018

    Fifteen medieval Latin parodies Frost Library; PA8030.P35 F54 2018

    Latin poetry (Ariosto, Lodovico, 1474-1533, author.) Frost Library; PA8125.I6 A75 2018

    Poems (Fortunatus, Venantius Honorius Clementianus, approximately 540-approximately 600, author.) Frost Library; PA8310.F7 A2 2017

    The correspondence of Erasmus (Erasmus, Desiderius, -1536, author.) Frost Library; PA8511.A5 E55 1974