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The Great Books of Greece and Rome
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.
Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization ONLINE
Provides an authoritative survey of the Greek and Roman worlds in all their aspects, including articles on diverse fields such as, history and politics; ethics and morals; law and punishment; social and family life; language, literature, and art; religion and mythology; technology, science, and medicine.
Brill's New Pauly
Encyclopedic entries on most aspects of the ancient world. ONLINE
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.
Cambridge Companions ONLINE
A little more difficult to navigate than the Oxford Handbooks -- you'll need to browse through titles or do key word searches.
Wiley-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. Most of these companions are ONLINE
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 Histories, Tacitus by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PA6705.H6 B1 2003
Publication Date: 2002
The first historical work by Tacitus. Book I covers the beginning of the infamous 'Year of the Four Emperors' (69 CE.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PA6705 .A6 2012
Publication Date: 2013
Penn professor Cynthia Damon's translation of Tacitus' Annals, which includes the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68.
Sophocles: The Theban Plays by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PA4414.A2 F33 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Sophocles' Theban Plays--Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone--
Wake, Siren by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PS3613.A27358 A6 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Not really a primary text. In her new work, Penn Alumna, MacLaughlin brings out the woman's voice in her reimagining of Ovid's Metamorphoses
Women's Life in Greece and Rome by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. HQ1127 .W653 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Provides a unique look into the public and private lives and legal status of Greek and Roman women.
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
Portrait medal of Dido, Queen of Carthage (obverse); A View of Carthage (reverse)
ca. 1550 (Pubilc Domain) From the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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."
Oxford Scholarship Online
A great majority of Oxford University Press books in all titles completely online and available for download and reading online.
Penn Libraries are currently closed, please contact Rebecca Stuhr for assistance in finding relevant material online, or for assistance in using books by mail or pickup@penn. Please see our Phased Service availability for the most recent updates on access to the libraries.
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
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PR9272.9.W3 O44 1990 AND SEE ONLINE LINK BELOW
Publication Date: 1990
A poem in five books, of circular narrative design, titled with the Greek name for Homer. Walcott writes of Native American tribal losses, African enslavement, and the suffering caused by exile.
Also available online
Call Number: ONLINE
Publication Date: 2004 (1973)
Echoes of Sophocles' Ajax
The Darker Face of the Earth by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PS3554.O884 D68 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Dove calls on Sophocles' Oedipus The King. You can also find this text online
The Gods are Not to Blame by
Call Number: ONLINE
Publication Date: 1971
Available in print and online. Rotimi, like Rita Dove, used Sophocles' Oedipus the King as inspiration for his work.
Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds by
Call Number: Van Pelt Library. PR9080.5 .C6 2007 and online
Publication Date: 2007
From colonial authority to Post-colonial resistance