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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.
A Selection of Primary Texts
The Odyssey by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PA4025.A5 W56 2018
Publication Date: 2017
A new translation by Penn professor, Emily Wilson
The Aeneid by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PA6807.A5 R83 2008
Publication Date: 2008
"Ruden's translation follows Vergil's content faithfully, and the economy and fast pace she achieves are true to his own unflagging narrative force"
Tacitus' Germania by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2016
Oxford Scholarly Editions
Dickinson College Commentaries
Includes Tacitus' Agricola edited by Professor Damon and selections in Latin with commentary from the Aeneid, Cicero, Ovid, and Caesar. Selections in Greek with commentary includes texts from Homer, Lucian's True Histories, Pseudo-Demosthenes and more
Use keywords or subject terms to search article databases
These databases will also uncover book chapters along with articles in journals
JSTOR provides access to about 119 archaeology journals and 78 classical studies journals. It can be tricky to find just the right articles because it is searching every word in every article in the database. You may want to watch this short video
on how to search JSTOR for classical studies.
The standard database for research in the broad area of Classical Studies. It indexes the current scholarship from over 1,500 journals and as well as books, edited volumes and conference papers. (Compare with JSTOR). Watch a short video
on how to search L'Annee Phil.
Oxford Bibliographies Online Classics
An online resource to academic articles. Focused on multiple aspects of ancient studies including archaeology, history, literature, economics, and more. For a quick tour on how best to use, see this short video
Julian Calendar preserved on stone from earychurchistory.org
Use this link to search Google Scholar to incorporate Penntext access to Penn subscribed and owned resources. Scroll through at least several pages for best results.
Penn Libraries' equivalent to Google Scholar -- all of our subscribed and open access content. Search by keyword and subject terms or search authors and titles -- connect to online content or find print in Penn Libraries collections
Digital Loeb provides fully searchable access to the entire bilingual Loeb library of critical editions of Greek and Latin text. Find editions of the Odyssey, Iliad, Aeneid, Herodotus, Sappho, and most ancient Greek and Latin texts. You'll want to explore other translations as well.
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
Like Loeb, provides bilingual editions of the ancient Greek and Latin authors. Follow this link, then scroll down to see link for "only classical authors." Follow this link, then click on "Browse authors."
The Ancient becomes Modern
This link takes you to the Bloomsbury platform for Classical Studies and Archaeology --and brings together titles on classical reception. Individual titles in the corresponding online Bloomsbury series include: Classics and video games, Classics and heavy metal music, Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage, Blockbusters and the Ancient World: Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood, and many more.
Oxford University Presses series on Classical reception in the contemporary world. The series includes 172 titles and include Classicisms in the Black Atlantic, Classics and Media Theory, Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry, Ancient Rome and Victorian Masculinity. Many of these titles are online.
Brill's companion series takes a more straight forward approach to literary reception but does take you into the modern world.
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Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Collections focus on humanities and social sciences (but not exclusively). Includes books for history, literature, philosophy, politics, economics ..
Fischer Fine Arts Library
Collections focus on art history, architecture, urban and landscape studies, "above ground" archaeology (structures, artifacts)
Collections focus on anthropology, world-wide ancient archaeology, Egyptian history
Rebecca Stuhr is the librarian specialists for Classical Studies.
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A sampling from the catalog