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ANCH 0102: Ancient Rome: Overview

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Begin your research by thinking about terms and synonyms, dates, names, concepts

  • DE 46-DE 70: History of the Greco-Roman world--Antiquities. Civilization. Culture, archaeology
  • DG 11-DG 9802: History of Italy--Ancient Italy. Rome to 476 
  • DG 63: Ancient Rome
  • U 35: Roman Military (also in DG and DS)
  • Add any of the following terms--or terms of your choosing to subject term "rome"
    • Rome Emperors Biography 
    • politics and government, law, imperial, justice, history,
    • Families, adoption, nobility, children, women, social classes
    • Social conditions, ancient, rites and ceremonies
    • War, Army, engineering 
    • language and literature 
    • material culture

Get a comprehensive view of your particular area of interest through these scholarly handbooks and guides

These resources can help you come up with dates, names, additional vocabulary and variant spellings for your research. They can also help you develop a better understanding of your topic or give you ideas for comparisons and contrasts.

Browse the shelves or browse virtually in Franklin using the call number or range of call numbers

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Connect to online journal articles and book chapters

If you are finding your references to journal articles or books from other books and articles--look them up in Articles+ or the Franklin Catalog

If you are searching databases, look for the icon:

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When Searching Google Scholar, look for "full text via Penn Text" or click on the find more double arrow google scholarand look for "Penntext"

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Borrow Direct, EZ-Borrow, Interlibrary Loan

If the book or books you need are checked out or not on the shelf, request it through Borrow Direct or EZ borrow. Turn around time is less than a week. This is a good reason to get a head start on your research.

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Rebecca Stuhr
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Research Assistance

For individual appointments or questions by email contact Rebecca Stuhr stuhrreb @

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  • Make an appointment
  • Office Hours in the Classics Lounge, Cohen Hall 2nd floor:  Mondays 1-2 and Thursdays 12:30-1:30

Ancient Corinth

Rome. Baths of Caracalla. From the Collections
at the Library of Congress

Books from the Libraries - Secondary Sources

Secondary sources may lead you to specific points within the ancient texts that support your argument. They also contain extensive bibliographies for additional secondary sources. Journal articles serve a similar purpose. 

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