Reference article databases and books
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women
Print only. Non - Circulating. Reference Collection, Second Floor, Falvey. Brill's New Pauly (print and online access)
Classical Studies: Oxford Handbooks Online
Brill´s New Pauly, the encyclopedic English edition of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly includes: a section on Greco-Roman antiquity and history from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe and a section on the classical tradition concerned with the aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical studies scholarship.
Oxford Handbooks Online publishes original, peer reviewed, research reviews covering the key issues and exploring major debates in 14 disciplines, including Classical Studies. A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell) Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell) Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition
See essay on Travel in volume two. Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World Oxford Classical Dictionary (4th ed., 2012)
In print and online. Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
Offers a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world -- Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman -- from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries. The Oxford companion to classical literature (3rd ed., 2011)
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites via Perseus Project Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
Available in print. For the general reader. Is not a dictionary of classical mythology.
- Companion consisting of alphabetical encyclopedia-like entries, designed for browsing, which do not require a knowledge of Greek or Latin
- Chronological Table
- Map of Asia Minor and the Middle East
- Map of Greece and the Aegean
- Map of Greece
- Map of Italy
- Map of Western Roman Empire
- Map of Roman Britain
Journal article databases and citation indexes
Année Philologique: Bibliography of the Classical World (Brepols)
Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and theses relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations from 200 B.C. to roughly 800 A.D. Includes publications in many languages with abstracts in the major European languages. Coverage extends back to the early 20th century. Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Indexes and abstracts academic journals, magazines, and book reviews in the humanities. Includes abstracts and selected full text. Coverage extends back to 1984. JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included. Project Muse
Provides full-text access to books and journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Book, essay, and thesis databases
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. Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics
Written by experts and designed for the general reader, the Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics collection offers over 2000 comprehensive and accessible essays on major authors, periods and genres. For the author Companions, each writer is placed in literary and historical context; their major works are analyzed, either in separate chapters or grouped according to theme, and their influence on later writers assessed. The generic and topical Companions cover periods of English literature such as Old English or the Victorian Novel, and literary genres such as Modernism or Greek Tragedy, giving the reader vital contextual information about political, social, religious and artistic relationships. The Companions to Classical Civilisation examine key periods and aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Provides citations, abstracts, and full text, when available, of dissertations and theses from 1743 to the present. Falvey Library Catalog
The Library's catalog enables patrons to search & browse Falvey Memorial Library’s collection of books, journals, audio/video materials, electronic resources and more. Hathi Trust Digital Library
Provides full text access to digital copies of books, pamphlets, and journals available in the public domain. Most of the freely available texts are pre-1923 imprints and government documents. Also allows full-text searching of millions of publications that are still under copyright in order to aid discovery of relevant materials. The Hathi Trust collection largely mirrors content available through Google Books
, but only the latter platform permits the exports of public domain content.
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries 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.
Classical text databases and collections
Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
Searchable database of all editions of Latin texts in Bibliotheca Teubneriana. Search criteria include: full-text, author, title, century, period, genre, TLL code and LLA number. Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum
Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum
A collection of ancient Latin inscriptions from the whole territory of the Imperium, geographically and systematically arranged.
Online resources include:
- Archivum Corporis Electronicum database
- German-Latin Glossary
- A glossary of stone-types
- The Anthology: "a selection of Latin verse inscriptions from Roman Africa, accessible via interactive maps, among other methods."
Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press)
"This project seeks to catalogue the entire body of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century. That alone equates to tens of thousands of Latin texts, and when you throw in the translations and secondary materials that are also available through this site, there's quite a lot to sort through."
"At present, the CSL catalogue is arranged alphabetically by author, with title, genre, and chronological indices currently in the process of being compiled."
Perseus Digital Library
Offers online access to authoritative editions of Greek and Latin texts. English translations appear on facing pages, following the format of the print editions. The collection is searchable in English and in the original language. Also available in print
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. Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (University of California, Irvine)
Limitations on Use
Includes most literary texts written in Greek from Homer (8th century BCE) to the fall of Byzantium (1453 AD).
Personal account and login required; click on the "register" link on the upper right to create an account.
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Art resources and image collections
Provides access to high-quality digital images deposited by museums, libraries, and archives and a suite of specialized tools to view, present, and manage images. Supports a variety of disciplines besides art and art history. Ancient Art
AAH 2000 Art Full Text (EBSCO)
Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)
Indexes the contents of academic journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Includes citations for dissertations, book reviews, and art reproductions published in indexed journals. Abstracts are available back to 1984 with selective full text available back to 1995.
Art Full Text Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
Indexes the contents of academic journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Includes citations for dissertations, book reviews, and art reproductions published in indexed journals. Dictionary of Art Greek Art, A companion to Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture Internet Archive
Provides digital access to books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Most of the freely available files are books published prior to 1923 and government documents. Also includes the Wayback Machine, an archive of hundreds of billions of web pages from across the history of the internet. National Gallery of Art Images (NGA)
NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 42,000 open access
digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.
Language databases and dictionaries