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- Greece -- Civilization
- Greek influence
- Spartan and Theban Supremacies
- Greek Langauge
- slaves or slavery
- social conditions
- names of individuals
- era designations
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Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
Individual volumes on discrete topics, available in print and in some cases electronically. Located on the shelves in Van Pelt or via the Web. Coverage of literature, history, and culture.
JSTOR specializes in making available the back issues of journals in a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines. Issues are available both as images and as text, making searching possible both within each title and across the whole database.
Catalog and Articles+
Search Franklin Catalog as well as many of our online journals, indexes, and collections all at once. Left hand column is Franklin Catalog, Right hand column is everything else. Click on the link to filter to refine your options. Need assistance? Contact your librarian.
Current scholarship in Classical studies including articles from over 1500 journals and chapters in thousands of books
Use Google Scholar to find articles located in JSTOR, Project Muse and other Penn resources. Using this link to Google Scholar will connect you with "Penn Text" so that you can make use of the library's many subscriptions.
Digital Loeb Classical Library
Digital Loeb provides fully searchable access to the entire bilingual Loeb library of critical editions of Greek and Latin texts. Click on the link for volumes to browse through all the Loeb volume titles, or search by author, title or keywords within the text through basic or advanced search boxes. Search by keyword will take you to links for a chapter or segment from a volume. There will be a link just above the text block of that chapter or segment that will take you to the entire volume. At the bottom of the text block you will see a box that allows you to searcher more deeply into the text you've selected.
Oxford Bibliographies Online Classics
An online resource to a wide array of published material. Focused on literary topics, this bibliography includes bibliographic essays covering Aeschylus to Xenophon with many new articles on the way.
Oxford Handbooks Online: Classics
Currently more than 35 handbooks with nearly 1,400 articles (chapters) covering as many discrete topics within broad fields within Classical Studies.
Likely Call Numbers
Find your books on the shelves --Van Pelt, Fine Arts, Museum libraries
- DE 46-DE 70: History of the Greco-Roman world--Antiquities. Civilization. Culture, archaeology
- DF 10-DF 289: Ancient Greece
- DF 75-DF 134: History of Greece--Ancient Greece--Antiquities. Civilization. Culture
- DF 221.5: Troy
- DF 215 Hellenic History
DE contains books for the "Greco-Roman World"
DF contains books for the Greece -- ancient and contemporary
DG contains books for Italy -- ancient and contemporary
HQ for women -- including the ancient world
PA for language and literature of
KL for law (Van Pelt and Biddle)
B for philosophy
JC for politics
** Use Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, but also the Museum Library and the Fine Arts Library
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Old Corinth. The Ruins of Old Corinth. From the Collections
at the Library of Congress