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Print and Electronic Resources for Locating and Studying Classical Texts

Print Dictionaries and Bibliographies

These resources provide biographical articles on individual authors and/or bibliographies listing published editions of their works. Call numbers to UTL holdings are provided. For library catalogue code abbreviations see here.

Berkowitz, Luci and Karl A. Squitier. Thesaurus Linguae Graecae: Canon of Greek Authors and Works. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP, 1990.The online database of this work is now available through UTL, here.

Bruggemann, Ludwig Wilhelm. A View of the English Editions, Translations and Illustrations of the Ancient Greek and Latin Authors. Burt Franklin Bibliography and Reference Series, no. 84. (Reprint of 1789 ed.) New York: B. Franklin, 1965.

Fahrenbach, William. Bibliographies of translations from classical literature into English and into French: 1400 to 1640. Toronto: [s.n.], 1971.

Feder, Lillian. Crowell’s Handbook of Classical Literature. Crowell Reference Book. New York: Lippincott and Croweil, 1964.

Grabar, Oleg. Late antiquity: a guide to the postclassical world. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999.

Grant, Michael. Greek and Latin Authors, 800 B.C.-A.D. 1000: A Biographical Dictionary. Wilson Authors Series. New York: Wilson, 1980.

Green, A.M. VV. Classics in Translation: A Selective Bibliography, 1930-76. Cardiff: University College Cardiff, Department of Classics, 1976.

Hornblower, Simon. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd rev. ed. New York: OUP, 2003. (Standard, authoritative, one-volume reference in Greco-Roman studies available in English. For abridged edition, see Robarts, J. W. below.).

Hornblower, Simon. The Oxford companion to classical civilization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Available online.

Howatson, M.C. (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2014. (There are copies of the 1993 ed. in other UTL libraries and online here.)

Howatson, M.C. and Ian Chilvers (eds.). The Concise Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. Oxford: OUP, 1993. (Revised and abridged version of The Oxford companion to classical literature, which was published in 1989; see above)

Jenkins, Fred W. Classical studies: a guide to the reference literature. Englewood, CO.: Libraries Unlimited, 1996.

Jones, P. V. Classics in translation: from Homer to Juvenal. London: Duckworth, 1998.

Landfester, Manfred. Brill’s New Pauly: encyclopaedia of the ancient world. Classical tradition. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2006-. Two volumes published thus far: v. 1. A-Del.; v. 2. Dem-Ius. (Originally published in German as Der Neue Pauly. Enzyklopädie der Antike. In Verbindung mit Hubert Cancik und Helmuth Schneider herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester.)

LaRue, Rodrigue. Clavis Scriptorum Graecorum et Latinorum (Repertoire of Greek and Latin authors). Thesaurus Bibliographical Graecae et Latinae, Pars. 1. Avec la collaboration de Gilles Vincent et Bruno St-Qnge. Trois-Rivieres: Universite de Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Service de la Bibliotheque, 1996. NOTES: introduction in French; summaries in English and German. 2nd ed. 10 vols. (1996).[Z7016 .L3 ROBA;PA3002 .Z5 L37 (1985 ed.) IMS].

Luce, T. James (ed.). Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome. Volume 1: Homer to Caesar. Volume 2: Lucretius to Ammianus Marcellinus. New York, NY: Scribner, 1982.(Two-volume survey of western literature in the classical period contains 47 chronologically arranged essays.)

MacKendrick, P. L. Classics in translation. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.]

Malitz, J. Gnomon online: the Eichstätt information system for classical studies. Eichstätt: Universitätsbibliothek Eichstätt, 2001-. (Full text retrieval system which acts as a supplement to Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank on CD. It makes available about 15% of the CD, including the complete set of entries from 1997 onwards. From the holdings of Eichstätt University Library and recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.)

Murphy, Charles Theophilus, 1909. Greek and Roman Classics in Translation, by Charles Theophilus Murphy, Kevin Guinagh, and Whitney Jennings Gates. New York: Longmans, Green, 1960. (Adapted from the editors’ larger volumes, Greek literature in translation and Latin literature in translation.)

Nulle, Stebelton Henry (ed.). The Ancient World. 3rd ed. Classics of Western Thought Volume 1. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980.

Parks, George Bruner and Ruth Z. Temple (eds.). The Greek and Latin Literatures. Volume 1 in The Literatures of the World in English Translation: A Bibliography. New York: Ungar, 1968.

Peck. Harry Thurston. Harper’s Dictionary of Classical Literature and Antiquities. 2nd ed. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, 1965. (The 1962 edition is also available.)

Roberts, J. W. The Oxford dictionary of the classical world. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007. [DE 5.O95 SMC/VUPR/ERIN/SCAR/TRIN] (Abridgment of the Oxford Classical Dictionary above).

Sevffert, Oskar. A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Mythology, Religion, Literature [and] Art.3rd. ed. Rev. and edited by Henry Nettleship and I.E. Sandys. London: Alien & Unwin, 1964.

Sienkewicz, Thomas J. Encyclopedia of the ancient world. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2002.

Smith, Frank Seymour. The Classics in Translation: An Annotated Guide to the Best Translations of the Greek and Latin Classics into English. New York: B. Franklin, 1968.

General Classics Websites

The following sites are all good places to begin searching for online texts, bibliographies and sites devoted to all aspects of classical studies. Due to the changing nature of the World Wide Web, site addresses are subject to change. Should you be unable to connect to any of these addresses, try conducting a search for the site name in one of the search engines available through your web browser.

Searchable, full-text, indexed collection of classic American and English literature as well as Western philosophy in the public domain and written or translated into English.

University of Florida E-Texts
Collection of links to classical, medieval, and ecclesiastical sources.

Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities. Jointly sponsored by Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Directories to e-text centres in the U.S. and Canada.

Classics Reference Guide
Site devoted to classical resources at the University of Chicago Library. Includes links to online journals, full text resources in Greek, Latin, and Near Eastern languages (including Hebrew), and e-reference works. Some restrictions to UofC clientele apply.

Searchable site devoted to materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Classical World. Includes bibliographies, images, anthology, essays, and Perseus. Content broader than suggested by the title.

Software Directory for the Classics, contains many links to shareware and commercial fonts, search products, Greek and Latin learning tools, images.

University of Toronto Classics Department
Excellent starting point for web searches for classics resources. Excellent collection of links to other classics sites and resources. Includes interface for ARCOS limited area search engine.

Sources of Electronic Texts on the World Wide Web

Texts in alphabetical order searchable by author. Includes links to texts at other sites.

Bibliotheca Latina
IntraText collection with the whole author represented as a whole hypertext with global lists and concordances.

Library of Congress
Links to a variety of classical resources.

Electronic Antiquity
E-journal from Virginia Tech site devoted to communicating the Classics.

The Internet Classics Archive
Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and “reader’s choice” Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works all in English translation.

Berkeley Classics Resources
Links to texts, journals, maps, learning tools, art, and archaeology.

Oxford Text Archive
Archived texts from a variety of literary traditions available for download and purchase. Distributes more than 2000 resources in over 20 different languages, and is actively working to extend its catalogue of holdings. Searchable by author and title. Includes Greek, Latin, and Hebrew texts.

Perseus Project
Site devoted to assembling e-texts of classical literature. Texts are arranged by author and may be searched or browsed in Greek and English. Perseus is an evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language. Seeks to bring a wide range of source materials to as large an audience as possible. The project’s mission is to provide greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities in the belief that this will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through through the connection of ideas. Version 2.0 is available in CD-ROM format in the Graham Library (see below).

A collection of e-texts files searchable by author or title, or language including Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.

Project Libellus
Provides a library of classical Latin (and Greek) texts. Located at the University of Washington, Seattle. Seeks to make available fairly good-quality texts at no cost, rather than guaranteed top quality texts. The texts are either those donated (or released into the public domain) by the editor, or those whose copyright has expired, and so are in the public domain. Texts arranged by author. Includes learning tools and other links.


L’Annee Philologique
375,000 bibliographic records for 1969-2001, with 12,500 new records added each year. Extracted from 1,500 periodicals each year as well as 500 articles in collections and conference papers. Publication information for articles is accompanied by a brief abstract. All the records are classified in a two-parts system: ancient authors and texts, subjects and disciplines. Searchable by modern authors, full text, ancient authors and texts, subjects and disciplines through a multilevel index showing the different levels of classification, and by word(s) in the title.

A bibliography of books, periodical articles and reviews covering 1956-1995 based on entries in Archaologische Bibliographie, a publication of the Deutsches Archaologisches Institut. Contains electronic subject catalogs of publications on the history of art and the ancient world. It includes the subject catalogs of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the Bibliography of Iberian Archaeology from the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid, and the Archaeology of Roman Provinces from RGK Frankfurt. Text in German or English. Available Robarts Research Library, Reference Dept., 4th floor. Z 5132.A672 GENR cf 1996+. For the electronic version, see here.

Version 2.0 is also available online (see above). Available at the Graham Library as stand-alone.

ATLA Database
References to articles, chapters and reviews pertaining to Biblical and Religious studies. Online access for University of Toronto community only.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
A comprehensive database of Greek texts with better-than-average search capabilities. University of Toronto access only.

Original version: Oct. 16, 1997 by Brian P. Irwin; revised by Tom Power, Nov.,2012; revised by A Findley-Jones, July 2021