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resources to help Classics, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and the study of the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greece and Rome

Perseus Digital Library

Perseus Digital Library

The Perseus Digital Library (sometimes called the Perseus Project) is an online collection of books and resources in English, Greek, Latin, and other languages.

See Pitt's Theology Guide for how to use this resource

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

The TLG at Emory

The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) is the digital library of Greek texts produced by the research center of the same name, based at the University of California in Irvine.

See Pitt's Theology Guide for how to use this resource

Finding Books

Try DiscoverE, Emory libraries' new way to find library resources.

Use EUCLID, Emory's online library catalog, to find books in the Emory libraries.

For a list of hotlinked  Library of Congress subject headings on classical topics, click on the BOOKS tab above,


Finding Articles

Access to most of the electronic resources listed here is restricted to current Emory students, faculty, and staff.

  • Academic Search Premiere
    Coverage: 1984 to present
    Indexes scholarly journals in the social sciences, business, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, and education as well as major daily newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. Full-text is available from 1990. Spanish version also available.
  • L'Année Philologique
    An international bibliography that contains citations for Greek and Roman studies. The database 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.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Coverage: 1975 to present
    The Arts & Humanities Citation Index(A&HCI) is a multidisciplinary database. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. Subjects include: Archaeology, Linguistics, Architecture, Literary Reviews, Art, Literature, Asian Studies, Music, Classics, Philosophy, Dance, Poetry, Film, History, Religion, Language, and Theater. AHCI is included as a part of Web of Science.
  • Arts & Humanities Search
    Coverage: 1980 to present
    Online version of the Institute for Scientific Information's Arts & Humanities Citation Index, providing citations to articles from arts and humanities journals and to relevant articles on arts and humanities in social science and science journals.
    Coverage: 1956-present
    Indexes books, journals, collected essays, and book reviews. This database reproduces the subject catalog of the Deutsches Archaologisches Institut and is equivalent to the annual Archaoligische Bibliographie (Woodruff Library Z5132 .A65). It covers Greek, Roman, Cretan-Mycenean, Etruscan, Egyptian, and early Christian and Byzantine history, art, culture, and religion.
    Provides searchable full-text access to backfiles of key scholarly journals in many fields including African American studies, African studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asian studies, business, classical studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, general science, geography, history, history of science, language and literature, Latin American studies, mathematics, Middle East studies, philosophy, political science, population studies, Slavic studies, sociology, and statistics.
  • Oxford English Dictionary [Electronic Resource]
    This database contains the entire text of the 22-volume Oxford English Dictionary, second edition, which merges the original OED with the supplements prepared throughout this century. This electronic text not only contains definitions for most of the words in the English language but also information on their origins and quotations showing their range of meanings from the time they entered the language to the present.
  • Project MUSE
    Provides access to scholarly journals published by major university presses. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others.
  • Research Library
    Coverage: 1986 to present
    Covers publications from academic journals and popular magazines in the humanities, social sciences, general sciences, and business. Full-text available starting in 1991.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online
    The online version of the 10-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, featuring original articles from leading international experts across the discipline of philosophy. The articles cover a wide breadth of subject matter, including Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental, contemporary and world philosophies. Can be browsed by philosophical themes, historical periods, and religions. Full text entries can be searched by keyword, title, contributor, or bibliography. Links to other websites of related interest are provided for key thinkers and subjects.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Grecae
    Coverage: Before 1454
    Digital collection of Greek literature, encompassing thousands of complete works from over 3,000 authors from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in 1453. Each person must set up an individual login to access this database. Select "Search the TLG" from the Table of Contents on the "TLG" homepage.


Reference Sources

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
  • Atlases
  • Classical Literature and Drama
  • Mythology
  • 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
    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
    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
    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

Internet Sources

There is no authorative control on the Internet. Therefore, it is necessary to be very selective in what you choose. The Internet Critical Evaluation page provides insight in how to properly evaluate the resources available via the Internet.

  • Emory University Department of Classics Links
    Contains links to all the major sites of interest to classical historians.
  • The Beazley Archive
    The Beazley Archive at the University of Oxford has placed online two valuable resources for Classics and Art History instructors. The first item, the Dictionary, contains "illustrated descriptions of characters from Greek myth, art and architectural terms, also maps and place names." The dictionary currently contains over 240 hypertext entries. The second item offers information on the Archive's plaster cast collection, an overview of traditional and modern cast making, and a cast catalog. The catalog contains over 50 entries, thematically organized, each of which leads to multiple thumbnail images and links to related cast images and dictionary entries.
  • Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Publishes timely reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies. This site is the authoritative archive of BMCR's publication, from 1990 to the present
  • Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
    An illustrated catalog of more than 100,000 ancient vases. Users can search or browse by country or museum and do advance searches by fabric, shape or technique.
  • Diotima
    Material for the study of women and gender in the ancient world
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Perseus is an evolving digital library with a goal to bring a wide range of source materials to a large audience. The collection contains extensive and diverse resources including primary and secondary texts, site plans, digital images.
  • Theoi Project is a guide to the Ancient Greek Pantheon of Gods ("Theoi"), Spirits ("Daimones"), and Monsters ("Theres"). Contains individual entries on the various divinities & monsters containing quotes sourced from a wide variety of Classical Texts. The site can be searched, or information is presented in a variety of fashions (alphabetical, pantheon, family tree, bestiary, kingdoms, and misc.).

Writing Your Paper

Once you've done all of your research using the methods and sources listed above, it's time to start writing.


For assistance in how to cite your research, in using Endnote (a citation/bibliography manager), and in avoiding plagiarism, please see Citing Your Sources and Plagiarism or take one of our library workshops.

Writing A Research Paper

  • 10,000 ideas for term papers, projects, reports, and speeches : intriguing, original research topics for every student's need
    REFERENCE LB1047.3 .L35 1998
  • Craft of Research
    REFERENCE Q180.55 .M4 B66 1995
  • The curious researcher : aguide to writing research papers
    LB2369 .B246 2004
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition)
    REFERENCE LB2369 .G53 2003


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