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Ancient Greece

Selected Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Companions

Encyclopedia of Ancient History
Articles on people, places and events. Each article includes a recommended reading list and cross references to related content.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
Comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world -- Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman -- from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE.

Oxford Classical Dictionary
Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, The Oxford Classical Dictionary covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology. The Dictionary also contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology. Anthropology and reception have been added as new subject areas, covering topics such as creolization and kinship, as well as dance reception and translation. This is an essential reference for both scholars and non-specialists with an interest in the classical era.


Ancient Greek Authors (Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online)
Volume 176 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography covers the twenty-six most influential ancient Greek authors from Aeschines to Xenophon. The article-length biographies include a list of major works, critical assessment of the author's work and a bibliography.

Who's Who in the Classical World
Oxford University Press, 2003.

Critical Literature

Cambridge Ancient History
A comprehensive survey of ancient history in fourteen volumes spanning prehistory to late antiquity. Available online.

Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics
Online and in print. The Companions to Classical Civilization examine key periods and aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The collection includes companions to Pericles, Homer, ancient Greek law, ancient Greek political thought, archaic Greece, Greek lyric, Greek mythology, the Greek and Roman novel, Greek and Roman philosophy, Greek and Roman theatre, and Greek and Roman tragedy.

Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
Online and in print. This series includes companions to the ancient Greek language, religion, and rhetoric, companions to women in the ancient world and families in the Greek and Roman worlds as well as companions to individual Greek authors.

Falvey Library Catalog
The Library has numerous scholarly worksabout ancient Greek authors in its collection. Use the online catalog to discover books by and about an author. A subject search for Plutarch will retrieve mostly secondary critical literature while an author search for Plutarch will result in primary sources.

Primary Sources

Loeb Classical Library
Original text and English translation of Greek and Latin authors published by Harvard University Press. Available in print.

Past Masters (InteLex)
Full-text of scholarly editions of Aristotle's and Plato's works.

Falvey Library Catalog
Use the Library's catalog to find available texts by ancient Greek authors.


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