eGuide: Classics information sources

Last updated: September 2019

Searching for resources

There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:

  • Girton Library catalogue  (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
  • iDiscover – to search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Library and the University Library and you may also wish to use the Classical Faculty Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.

Search Spacefinder to find places of study outside of College.

 

Subject-specific resources

For information on searching general databases and journals see our eGuide: Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals see the eresources and ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within subject LibGuides. Some key resources include:

 

Bibliographies and Encyclopaedias:

A-Z List of Electronic Databases Full A-Z of subscribed databases – search by subject, database or publisher. See below and the above tabs for a selection of the Classics related databases.

Année Philologique Essential bibliographic resource for all Classical disciplines. Useful for finding books and articles on specific subjects or on particular ancient authors. It can be searched using a range of criteria, e.g. modern author, ancient author, keyword, subject, date, etc. Useful for decoding abbreviations used for journal titles.

Brill’s New Pauly The New Pauly provides comprehensive coverage of the ancient world from the prehistory of the Aegean (2nd millennium BCE) to Late Antiquity (600-800 CE).

Encyclopedia of Ancient History The only comprehensive collection of twenty-first-century scholarship available on the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Entries extend to all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt.

Oxford Bibliographies: Classics Authoritative research guide to Classics, combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia.

Oxford Reference Online It includes the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford companion to classical civilization, Who’s Who in the Classical World and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Hover over the images on the home page to find Classical Studies to narrow down to those books or search across all entries.

Web of Science ISI Web of Science accesses multi-disciplinary databases of bibliographic information and abstracts gathered from thousands of scholarly journals and includes the Arts and Humanities Citation Index.

 

Greek language and literature:

Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek English translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca. The most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics A unique work that brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek. It is an indispensable research tool for scholars and students of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.

Loeb Classical Library The digital Loeb Classical Library is a fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature and includes single- and dual-language reading modes.

New Jacoby Brill’s New Jacoby provides a revised edition of the Greek texts of Felix Jacoby’s Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker where relevant. It includes several new authors and many fragments of existing authors that were either unknown to Jacoby or excluded by him. It also gives commentaries in those cases where Jacoby failed to do so. Brill’s New Jacoby presents facing English translations of the Greek fragments, a new, critical commentary, and a brief encyclopedia-style entry about each historian’s life and works, with a select bibliography.

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online SEG systematically collects newly published Greek inscriptions as well as publications on previously known documents. It presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Database for searching virtually all ancient Greek literary texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and 600 A.D., and a large number of texts deriving from the period between 600 A.D. and 1453.

 

Greek Open Access databases

Corpus Medicorum Graecorum / Latinorum Earlier publications of its series CMG, CML, CMG Supplementum and CMG Supplementum Orientale. Open Access.

English-Greek Dictionary by S.C. Woodhouse A facsimile of S.C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary (1910) with a keyword search for terms. Open Access

Papyri.info Aggregates material on papyri including the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. Databases may be searched or browsed. Open Access.

Perseus Digital Library Perseus Digital Library of Greek and Roman texts with translations, vocab tools and references. Open Access

PHI Searchable Greek Inscriptions An open access online searchable database of Greek Inscriptions based on the Packard Humanities Institute PHI7 CD-ROM. Allows searching or browsing by region.

 

Latin language and literature

Aristoteles Latinus Database Contains the complete corpus of medieval translations of the works of Aristotle.

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina Provides online access to the standard editions (editions maiores) of the Bibliotheca scriptorum Romanorum Teubneriana. It includes Latin literature up to the second century.

Codices Vossiani Latini Online The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. TheCodices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (a whopping 76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves.

CETEDOC: Library of Latin texts Fully searchable texts of Latin literature spanning the Classical, Patristic, Medieval, and Neo-Latin periods.

Database of Latin Dictionaries (DLD) Provides access to a growing number of Latin dictionaries.

In Principio Includes most of the incipits from the major manuscript resources of Europe.With its wide-ranging, “generalist” character, covers all Latin texts that have been transmitted in manuscript since the origins of Latin literature up to about 1600 when the manuscript is replaced by the printed text. In Principio thus covers ancient, patristic, medieval, and humanist Latin literature.

Loeb Classical Library The digital Loeb Classical Library is a fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature and includes single- and dual-language reading modes.

Patrologia Latina Database Comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian (c. 200 A.D.) to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is an ongoing attempt to create the first comprehensive scholarly dictionary of ancient Latin from the earliest times down to AD 600. Each year the contents of the newly printed fascicles are added to the database.

 

Latin Open Access Databases

Celtic Personal Names of Roman Britain A searchable database of personal names from Roman Britain which are thought to contain Celtic elements.

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum Open access to the collection of squeezes, photographs and bibliographical references maintained by the CIL research centre, sorted by inscription-number.

Corpus Medicorum Graecorum / Latinorum Earlier publications of its series CMG, CML, CMG Supplementum and CMG Supplementum Orientale. Open Access.

PHI Searchable Latin Inscriptions Open access database of all Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, as well as some texts selected from later antiquity. Word Search or Browse by Author. Based on PHI CD-ROM 5.3.

Perseus Digital Library Perseus Digital Library of Greek and Roman texts with translations, vocab tools and references. Open Access.

 

Finding ebooks

You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebook is, and what ebooks are available – read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.

 

Other websites

For general information on searching the internet, see Effective internet searching. An introduction to using the internet, aimed specifically at classicists, is available from the Virtual Training Suite. The interactive teach-yourself tutorial takes on an hour to complete but you can also dip into the different sections: tour, discover, judge.

One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the Internet is to use one of the many subject-related hubs or gateways.

Classical Association Useful for its links to other classical bodies

Electronic Resources for classicists The second generation – from the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae team. [NB Updated a bit sporadically]

KIRKE (Katalog der Internetressourcen für die Klassische Philologie) In German but gives access to information on mailing lists and newsgroups, for example, in English. [NB Updated sporadically]

Readings classics gateway From the University of Reading. [NB Updated in batches only]

Textkit Giving access to over 180 Greek and Latin textbooks, including downloadable versions of old favourites such as North & Hillard’s Greek prose composition and Allen & Greenough’s New Latin grammar

Voice of the shuttle This humanities research website includes very comprehensive sections on classical studies and archaeology.

 

Help within College

Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff, or, ask a question via library@girton.cam.ac.uk. The College’s Bye-Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.

 

Help within Cambridge

University of Cambridge training programmes

LibGuides

eresources and ejournals

Cambridge University Skills Portal

Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
Librarian
library@girton.cam.ac.uk
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