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Van Pelt-Dietrich Classics Resource Room: Overview

Collection des Universites de France

A series of books comprising the Greek and Latin classics up to the middle of the 6th century. Each title of the series includes an introduction, notes and a facing-page French translation. A yellow book cover decorated with Athena's Little Owl indicates a work by a Greek author; a red book cover with the Capitoline Wolf indicates a Latin work. Both pagan authors and Church Fathers are included in the series. The volumes have mostly PA call numbers, but there are a few outliers.  Follow this link to see the list of records for the series in Franklin.

Athena's Owl on an Athenian Tetradrachm. Courtesy


Loeb Classical Library

Published by the Harvard University Press, this series presents important works of ancient Greek and Latin literature. Designed to make the text accessible, the editions present the original Greek or Latin text on each left hand leaf and an English translation on the facing page.

Many of the Loeb texts are available online through the Perseus Project. This link  will take you to the list of printed volumes held in the Classics Resource Room. Try Perseus' more recently developed Scaife Viewer for Greek and Latin texts.

The Death of Caesar by Camuccini. Courtesy of

The Cambridge Ancient History

This is a multi-volume reference work. The original edition was published in twelve volumes between 1924 and 1939. Publication of the new edition began in 1970. Every volume of the old edition has been re-conceived and re-written with new maps, illustrations and bibliographies. Some volumes having been expanded into two or more parts, as well as the addition of two extra volumes covering events up to 600 AD, brought the number of volumes in the set to 14. Existing plates to the volumes are avaible separately. Call Number D 57 .C252 1970Links to the online volumes.

Classics Resource Room

The Classical Studies Resource room, located on the third floor of the Van Pelt Library (room 301), houses a non-circulating collection of primary, secondary and reference material useful to the study of ancient texts. The room includes seating for up to sixteen as well as one computer work station.

Augustus of Prima Porta, 1st Century AD.
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Collections of Inscriptions


The Alexander Mosaic in Pompeii, portrarying Alexander's battle against Darius II. Courtesy of

Bibliotheca Teubneriana

These editions of Greek and Latin texts comprise the most thorough modern collection of ancient (and some medieval) Greco-Roman literature. The series, the full name of which is the Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana, consists of critical editions by leading scholars. Link to the records for individual volumes.

Orestes Wird von den Furien Verfolgt, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Courtesy of

Oxford Classical Texts

The Scriptorum Classicorum Bibliotheca Oxoniensispublished by Oxford University Press, is a series containing literary texts in the original Greek and Latin. Each edition includes an introduction traditionally written in Latin as well as an apparatus criticus, also in Latin. 

Bust of Homer. Courtesy of

New Pauly

This is first modern, multi-volume encyclopedia of antiquity (including supplements) n the English language, translated from German. It provides comprehensive coverage of the ancient world from the prehistory of the Aegean (2nd millennium BCE) to late antiquity (600-800 CE). A special section of the encyclopedia is devoted to the history of ancient world awareness and scholarship through later ages up to the present day.

Also available through the Penn Library online

Lexica & Indices