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 ArchitectureBrill'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 EgyptTopics 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 EgyptThe 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 HistoryA 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 RomanWorldCat (OCLC)
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 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 LoanInterlibrary 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.
Art Full Text (EBSCO)Art Full Text
is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from art journals.
to link to the online articles or use the interlibrary loan (ILLIAD) link.JSTOR
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
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.
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