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A Art History Research Guide: Ancient Mediterranean


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

  • 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.
  • ARTstor
    The ARTstor Charter Collection documents artistic traditions across many times and cultures and embraces architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture
  • DYABOLA Coverage: 1956-present (be sure to click IP access box)
    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 back files of key scholarly journals in many fields-
    Archaeology, Architecture & Architectural History. Art & Art History and Classical Studies

helpful websites

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.


Greek and Roman
  • 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.
  • Tables of contents of journals of interest to classicists (TOCS-IN)
    Tables of contents of a selection of classics, Near Eastern studies, and religion journals, available in text format and searchable in English and French.


  • OEB: Annual Egyptological Bibliography
    The OEB (Online Egyptological Bibliography)is published by the International Association of Egyptologists in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for the Near East.)
  • Digital Karnak Experiential Technologies Center at the University of California at Los Angeles have released a digital reconstruction of one of the most famous Egyptian temple complexes, at Karnak.

Near East

  • BIBLE+ORIENT Museum Database ancient Near Eastern image and object data from the museum. (BIBEL+ORIENT Database Online – BODO – the search form is currently available in German only)


TRY  Credo Reference Unlimited and Reference Universe

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.


These resources are located on Level 2 of the Woodruff Library and cannot be checked out.

Greece and Roman

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)
    REFERENCE NX650 .M9 L48
    Alphabetically arranged articles on individual Greek, Roman and Etruscan mythology.
    LIMC - Internet Bibliography (
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • AEB: Annual Egyptological Bibliography
    REFERENCE Z3656 .A2 A6 1999
    The AEB (Annual Egyptological published by the International Association of Egyptologists in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for the Near East.)
    Print and CD-ROM – Pitts Theology Library
    AEB (
  • Lexikon der Ägyptologie
    REFERENCE DT58 .L49 1975 V.1 –V.6
    Thisdictionary features entries only on many aspects of Ancient Egypt. While many articles are written in German (with a few French), approximately one third of the entries are written in English.
  • The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Egypt
    REFERENCE DT58 .O94 2001 V.1 – 3

Finding Books

Architecture, Classical -- Greece
Art, Ancient--Egypt Classical
Art, Roman--Egyptian influences Classical
Civilization, Classical
Classical Antiquities
Excavations (Archaeology)--Greece
Excavations (Archaeology)--Rome
Geography, Ancient
History -- Ancient
Mural painting and decoration, Egyptian
Mythology, Classical
Mythology, Greek
Mythology, Greek, in Art
Mythology, Roman
Rome -- Civilization -- Greek Influences
Sculpture, Greco-Roman
Venus (Roman deity)--Art

You can use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine or exclude terms from your searches ("homer" AND "mythology"; "classical" NOT "roman").

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