These resources are located on Level 2 of the Woodruff Library and cannot be checked out.
The following list is a sampling of possible sources for getting started with locating background information and building a search vocabulary. One good way to locate additional sources is to browse titles in the same general area and call number range, both in the Reference collection and in the Stacks.
- Bibliographies and Reference Literature
- Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Classical Literature and Drama
- Greek Language Dictionaries
- Latin Language Dictionaries
Bibliographies and Reference Literature
- L'Année philologique; bibliographie critique et analytique de l'antiquité gréco-latine
REFERENCE Z7016 .A55
An international bibliography that contains citations for Greek and Roman studies. Covers all aspects of classical languages, literatures, history, philosophy, art, religion, music, mythology, science, numismatics, and other subjects. Its scope is the period from 2000 BCE to CE 800.
- Civilization of the ancient Mediterranean : Greece and Rome
REFERENCE DE59 .C55 1988 (3 vols.)
Includes a chronological table, maps, and an index. Vol. 1 covers history, population (race, migration patterns, languages), agriculture, and government (law, war), among other subjects. Vol. 2 covers economics (trade, taxation), religion, private and social life (education, athletics, sex), among other subjects. Vol. 3 covers women and family life (marriage, birth control), literary and performing arts, philosophy, and the visual arts.
- Classical scholarship : an annotated bibliography
REFERENCE DE59 .H25 1986
Bibliographic guide to classical scholarship, arranged by subject (history and criticism of Greek and Latin literature, language and style, political and cultural history, and philosophy). Includes author and subject indexes.
- Classical studies : a guide to the reference literature
REFERENCE Z7016 .J4 1996
Focuses on bibliographic and information resources, rather than scholarship. Includes bibliographies, indexes, review journals, dictionaries, biographical sources, translations, Internet resources, and organizations.
- The Classical world bibliography of Greek and Roman history
REFERENCE Z6207 .G7 C58 1978
Reprinted articles from The Classical Weekly, arranged topically, this work contains surveys of the "major" historians of the classical world (Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, Caesar) and annotated bibliographies on Philo Judaeus and Josephus, Alexander the Great, and Julian the Apostate.
- The classics in translation; an annotated guide to the best translations of the Greek and Latin classics into English
REFERENCE Z7018 .T7 E75 1968
Contains short notes and summaries for some entries on translations of Greek and Latin classics, alphabetical by author, with an index of translators.
- The New Century classical handbook
REF-DESK DE5 .N4
Alphabetically arranged, this handbook is written from a classical point of view, not imposing modern perspectives on the issues. Contains black and white illustrations and essays on the people, places, literature and mythology.
- The New Century handbook of classical geography
REFERENCE DE25 .N48
With brief essays for each entry, this handbook incorporates both fact and legend about the cities, mountains, rivers, and islands of the classical world, and includes a few basic maps.
- Who's who in the Greek world
REFERENCE DE7 .H39 2000
This biographical dictionary features entries only on real people (no mythological figures), and includes a glossary, chronology, list of rulers, and black and white maps.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Brill's New Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world
REFERENCE DE5 .B7 2002 (4 vols.)
English translation of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly, an update of the academic standard Paulys Real-encyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft. This interdisciplinary work provides easy, direct access to names, places, dates, and objects from all areas of Greek and Roman culture.
- Complete dictionary of symbols in myth, art, and literature
REFERENCE GR931 .C65 2004
This source contains information on symbols in literature, philosophy, moral allegories, and historical figures, concentrating on the Classical age. For traditional symbols, the dictionary defines the most important symbolic meaning, then any subsidiary meanings. Tells a summary of the myths involved with mythological deities, heroes, places, and themes, with Judeo-Christian figures included. Includes illustrations, cross references, and indexes.
- A dictionary of ancient history
REFERENCE DE5 .D53 1994
This laymen's guide covers the period from 776 BCE - CE 476 and does not include mythology. Covers classical military, political, literature, philosophy, art, and religion, and contains a bibliography, geneaology of rulers, and black and white maps.
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman geography
REFERENCE DE25 .S67 (2 vols.)
Alphabetically arranged entries, this 1878 volume contains black and white illustrations, fold-out maps, and political histories in addition to geography.
- Encyclopedia of classical philosophy
REFERENCE B163 .E53 1996
Content ranges from the dawn of philosophy in Ionia in the 6th century BCE through the decline of the Academy in Athens in the 6th century CE. Articles are based on thematic, fields that are no longer considered philosophy but were in classical times (mathematics, medical science), and intellectual and cultural endeavors.
- Illustrated encyclopedia of the classical world
REFERENCE DE5 .I55
Presents general information on the classical world, with sections on science, philosophy, literature, and social and religious life. Also contains cross-references, a chronology of rulers, black and white maps and illustrations, color plates, and bibliographies at the end of entries.
- The Oxford classical dictionary
REF-DESK DE5 .O9 1996
Covers interdisciplinary concepts in the classical world such as law, history, art and literature, put together by an international team of contributors.
- Atlas of classical archaeology
REF-ATLAS G1046 .E15 A8 1977
Arranged by region, then broken down by city. Contains black & white photos, maps and diagrams, in addition to a chronology of events, a glossary, and an index.
- Atlas of classical history
REF-ATLAS G1033 .G65 1994
Covers the period from 1700 BCE (the Near East) - CE 565 (the Byzantine Empire). Contains black & white maps based on political, economic, cultural, and religious trends.
- Muir's historical atlas
REF-ATLAS D12 .M86
Contains color maps of military and political activities of the classical world, including town plans.
- Murray's small classical atlas
REF-ATLAS DE31 .M9 G8 1932
Covers the Roman Empire, Europe, Asia, and North Africa from 218 BCE - CE 300. Contains color maps and an index.
Classical Literature and Drama
- Classical and medieval literature criticism
REFERENCE PN610 .C53 V.1 - current
This continuing series is an introduction to literary works and their authors, in addition to listing the most significant commentators and criticism on those works. Alphabetically arranged, each entry has an author/title heading, an historical and critical introduction, a list of the principal English translations, excerpts of criticism, illustrations, and additional bibliographies.
- The classical epic : an annotated bibliography
REFERENCE Z7018 .E63 S55 1991
Concentrates on the works and lives of Homer (The Illiad and The Odyssey) and Vergil (The Aeneid), with subcategories including general studies, main texts, commentaries, influence, and character studies.
- Greek and Latin authors, 800 B.C.-A.D. 1000
REFERENCE PA31 .G7
Lists essential classical writers who shaped literature, with a sketch of the writer's life, a description of their titles, critical commentary on the nature and quality of those works, and the extent of the author's influence on later literature. Also contains black and white maps of the classical world.
- The Greek and Latin literatures
REFERENCE Z7018 .T7 E85
Covers Greek, Roman, and Latin writers of literature -- both imaginative literature and literature of thought (history, philosophy, theology, law, science), but not specialized sciences, children's books, or collections of documents. Gives background, literary studies, and bibliographies for each entry and is divided chronologically, with an index.
- Greek and Roman authors : a checklist of criticism
REF-DESK Z7016 .G9 1982
This bibliography ranges from Aeschylus to Xenophon, broken down into General Works, then by Author (within Author, the entries are further broken down by subject).
- The Oxford companion to classical literature
REF-DESK PA31 .H69 1989
Alphabetically arranged, this work contains excellent book summaries, a chronology, and black and white maps.
- Cassell dictionary of classical mythology
REFERENCE BL715 .M37 1998
Information on the people, places, gods, and creatures of classical mythology, with black and white illustrations, maps, genealogical tables, and a bibliography.
- Crowell's handbook of classical mythology
REF-DESK BL303 .T75 1970
Alphabetical listing of mythological people and places, with very little of Roman mythology included. Contains black and white maps, cross-references, and a pronouncing index.
- Dictionary of classical mythology, symbols, attributes, & associations
REFERENCE BL715 .B44 1982
With over 1000 entries, this work is arranged by four subjects: 1) symbols, attributes, and associations, 2) surnames, epithets, and patronymics, 3) heroic expeditions, and 4) a guide to persona (index).
- A genealogical chart of Greek mythology
REFERENCE BL785 .N44 2003
This oversize book contains a master chart, comprising 3,673 named figures of Greek mythology, all related to each other within a single family of 20 generations. Contains citations to the ancient source.
- Place-names in classical mythology : Greece
REFERENCE DF16 .B45 1989
Deals with only mythological places, unless the real historical place had mythological associations. Also contains a chart associating modern place-names with their ancient locations.
- Who's who in classical mythology
REFERENCE BL715 .G68
Biographical dictionary, with entries ranging from one sentence to multiple pages in length. Contains maps, genealogical trees, and cross-references.
- Women of classical mythology : a biographical dictionary
REFERENCE BL715 .B445 1991
Biographical dictionary of mythological females, from Abanthias to Zygia, with cross-references, citations to ancient writers, and an appendix: The Men in Their Lives.
Greek Language Dictionaries
- Liddell, Scott, and Jones Greek Lexicon (Online)
- Collins English Greek dictionary
REFERENCE PA445 .E5 C65 1997
- Greek dictionary
REFERENCE PA1139 .E5 N37 1985
- Oxford Greek-English learner's dictionary
REFERENCE PA1139 .E5 S73 1988
- The pocket Oxford Greek dictionary
REFERENCE PA1139 .E5 P78 1995
Latin Language Dictionaries
- Cassell's new Latin-English, English-Latin dictionary
REF-DESK PA2365 .L3 C3
- A copious and critical English-Latin dictionary
REFERENCE PA2365 .E5 S6
- Oxford Latin dictionary
REFERENCE PA2365 .E5 O9 (2 vols.)
- The pocket Oxford Latin dictionary
REFERENCE PA2365 .E5 P62 1994
- Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary latic Dictionary (Online)