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Ancient Art

Getting Started

The encyclopedias and companions listed in this section have helpful introductory essays on all aspects of ancient art. Each essay recommends sources for further reading.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

Brill's New Pauly (print and online access)
Covers all aspects of art in the classical world.

Encyclopedia of Ancient History
Click on Search in this Book to find essays on ancient art. The Encyclopedia has helpful overview articles about Roman and Greek art. Try the following keywords to find more specific entries on ancient art: wall painting, mosaics, furniture, architecture, sculpture, fresco, graffiti, villa, paint and painting, vases, glass, etc.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Topics covered include art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

Dictionary of Art
34 volumes. Print only. Shelved on the second floor of the library.

Greek Art, Companion to
Introductory chapters on all aspects of Greek art from architecture to mosaics and coinage.

Companion to Ancient Egypt
The Companion has eleven chapters on the visual arts (chapters 35-45).

Oxford Classical Dictionary (4th ed., 2012)
Entries of varying lengths on all aspects of art in the classical world.

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


Falvey Library Catalog
Start with a simple keyword search and narrow results as necessary by utilizing the specified subjects in the online catalog. Use the links below as a jump-start if you are interested in one of the selected topics.
subject search: "mural painting" and Roman
subject search: "interior decoration" and Rome
subject search: "sculpture, Greek"
- Note that most of the books about Greek sculpture are shelved in the same area.
subject search: "architecture, ancient" and Egypt
subject search: "vase painting"
subject search: art and Hittites

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.

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.

Journal Articles

Art Full Text (EBSCO)
Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from art journals.
Click on findit to link to the online articles or use the interlibrary loan (ILLIAD) link.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Use the Advanced Search feature in order to limit to architecture and/or art journals.

TOCS-IN provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies and Religion journals. Covers published works from 1992-present.
This database does not link to the library's journal holdings and the interlibrary loan software.

Perseus Digital Library
Covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, including texts and images. Look for the Art and Archaeology Artifact Browser.

Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)
Indexes articles from art and architecture periodicals published from 1929-1984.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (ProQuest)
The single most important bibliographical research tool for research in architecture, urban design, historic preservation and urban planning history.

Below are two lists, which decode the abbreviations commonly used in ancient history and art journals, book series, and reference works:


Image archive with high-resolution art images. ARTstor requires online registration in order to download images.

Perseus Digital Library
Covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, including texts and images, and applies what has been learned from Classical Studies to other subjects within the humanities and beyond.

Falvey Library Catalog
Books often include images. Add the keyword "exhibition" to your search to find exhibition catalogs.

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.
For a quick introduction watch the online tutorial A Brief Introduction to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Chicago-Style Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to Chicago Style.
Use the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for easy reference.

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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for Art History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.



Last Modified: Thursday, August 28th, 2014