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Falvey Library Catalog
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.
Suggested Library of Congress subjects:
Middle East - Civilization - To 622
Iraq - Civilization - To 634
Egyptian language - Writing, Hieroglyphic
King of Egypt
Akkadian language - Texts
Egyptian language - Inscriptions
Mix and match subjects:
Assyria - Babylonia - Egypt - Nubia - Levant - Middle East - Mediterranean Region - Assyro-Babylonian - Religion - Writing - Architecture - Art - Coins - Women - Kings and Rulers - Gods - Relief - Signs and Symbols - Cuneiform writing - Writing, Hieroglyphic - Akkadian language - Egyptian language - Sources - Texts - Inscriptions - Papyri - Hammurabi - Gilgamesh - Mythology - [Names of individuals and places] ....
Suggested keyword searches:
Egypt and Nubia
Mesopotamia and neighbors

WorldCat (OCLC)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form.
WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses included from around the world.
The often extensive bibliographies in dissertations can be invaluable. Hard to find primary sources may be transcribed and translated in the appendix.
Levine, E. "The weight of the evidence and the evidence of the weights: An examination of the interrelations of economies in the Iron Age Levant." Ph.D. diss., Harvard University, 2008

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loans are only available for books and journals which are not owned by Falvey. The E-ZBorrow service can be used for books which the library owns, but which are currently checked out. E-ZBorrow books are provided by a local library network and tend to arrive faster than interlibrary loans.


Encyclopedias, Companions & General Histories

Ancient History, Companion to
This companion provides a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the study of ancient history written by leading scholars in the field. Its eight parts cover Evidence, Problems and Approaches, People and Places, Encountering the Divine, Living and Dying, Economy, Politics and Power, and Repercussions.
Published in 2009.
Available online.

Ancient Egypt, Companion to
This companion provides the very latest accounts of the major and current aspects of Egyptology by leading scholars.
See chapter on Libyans and Nubians (pp. 120-39) in Pt.II (Historical Narratives). Other chapters cover state and economic structures, the social order, language and literature, the visual arts, and the reception of Egyptian culture.
Published in 2010.
Available online.

Cambridge Ancient History
A comprehensive ancient history in fourteen volumes spanning prehistory to late antiquity. Volume 1.2 covers the early history of the Middle East from 3000 to 1750 B.C. Volume 2.1. covers the history of the Middle East and the Aegean Region from 1800 to 1380 B.C.
Available online.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
600 original articles written by leading scholars cover the ancient Egyptian civilization, from the pre-dynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Topic covered include art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.
Published in 2001.
Available online.

Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DT61 .S57 2004

Handbook of Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DS69.5 .B47 2003

Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DT83 .D23 2003

First Civilizations: Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DS69.5 .C43 2004

Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DS69.5 .N5 1998

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DT61 .S96 2008

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DT61 .B685 1999

Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DS71 .B65 2001

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
Falvey West - 2nd floor: DT61 .C34 2001


Journal Articles

JSTOR is an archive of important core journals in the humanities. Current content is not available. JSTOR indicates which years are covered.
The Advanced Search feature has journal limits by discipline such as Classical Studies and Archaeology. You can further limit to keywords in title, abstract, or author field. Item type, language and publication date range are other available search limits.

Project Muse
Searchable collection of recent full-text humanities, social science and mathematics journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies and Religion journals. Covers published works from 1992-present.

Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals in archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature. The database also provides coverage of interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

  Art Full Text (EBSCO)

  Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)

Find high quality images of paintings, sculptures, coins, and more.


Citing Your Sources

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