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Background Information

Ancient Greece and Rome: an Encyclopedia for Students
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize DE5 .A57 1998 4 volumes

Note: Also available online.
Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DE5 .P33313x 2006

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Provides full text of a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations from 175+ Oxford reference titles, many of which are in-depth, scholarly entries. Try the bilingual Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (both Latin-English, and English-Latin)... search the Subject Reference collections for topics of interest... and much more!
Dictionary of Latin Authors and Texts
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DE5 .P33313x 2007

Greek and Latin Literatures
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PA 3001 .P28x 1968

Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor BL687 .R47 2004


Annee Philologique Restricted Resource
Comprehensive bibliography of the literature on all aspects of the classical period, published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, in collaboration with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the American Philological Association. A print edition is also available (Z7016.M35 A1).
MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
1926–present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
GenderWatch Restricted Resource
1970–present. A collection of hundreds of international journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, special reports, and conference proceedings devoted to the impact of gender across a broad range of subject areas.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.


Ancient World Mapping Center
Hosts a series of downloadable maps that are freely available for educational use and also can be licensed for publication at nominal cost. The maps are organized according to rough geographic regions, including the Roman Empire, the Iberian Penninsula, Egypt, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean.
Atlas of the Roman World
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize DG77 .C597 1982

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries--Disciplinary

Literary Encyclopedia Restricted Resource
Online encyclopedia that addresses literary works, writers, cultural movements, and historical events around the world, with interactive features that enable the user to place literature within its historical context.
Oxford Classical Dictionary (online) Restricted Resource
Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, the Dictionary covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology. It also contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology.
Oxford Classical Dictionary (print)
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DE5 .O94 1998

Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize DE59 .P7

Note: The text is also available online in JSTOR and at Perseus Digital Library.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome Restricted Resource
The online third edition of the Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome offers a comprehensive overview of the people, places, events, and ideas of ancient Rome.

Library Catalogs

Center for Research Libraries
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
Library of Congress Recommended Sites for Classical and Medieval History
 A list of reference resources that can supplement work in Classics, including among its recommendations: The Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the Internet Classics Archive, and Perseus -- which has searchable full-text access to the Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Perseus Digital Library
Digital library of resources for the study of the humanities, with particular emphasis on the Greco-Roman world, that seeks to present its material so as to illustrate the connections between disciplines, events, ideas, and concepts.
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Biographical Information

Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor HQ1127 .S25 2001

Reference Resources

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL)
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PA2361 .T4

Web sites

American Philological Association Resource contains images Resource contains audio
The American Philological Association is good starting point to explore resources for the study and teaching of Classics. With their new motto "From Gatekeeper to Gateway," the APA is working to create a higher profile for the field of Classics and a more vital Web presence, as well as increased scholarships and teaching awards support.
eLatin eGreek eLearn
This is a free-to-join networking site for classics. Intended for use by teachers and students, this site brings together blogs, ebooks, instructional videos, and discussions about classroom technology. From the Web site:
"Students and teachers of Latin, ancient Greek, and Classical literature can exchange ideas on the role of technology in the Classics classroom here. Share your stories and ideas, Titus-like triumphs, or Trojan-like defeats with colleagues world-wide."  Become part of the classics learning community.
Electronic Resources for Classicists: The Second Generation
A mega-site for Web resources put together by the same organization that maintains Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details and for creating annotated bibliographies are also available.
MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

Classics Department
Faculty in the Department of Classics at Grinnell offer instruction in ancient Greek and Latin language and literature as well as in ancient Greek and Roman art, archaeology, history, and philosophy.
Grinnell College Writing Lab
Email:; Phone: 3117
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Tips on Catalog Searching
Did you know you can search the Library's catalog by subject?

Choose the Subject tab from the Library Catalog and try searching a term, location, person, etc., of interest and see what you get! 

For Latin Studies you might want to try Epic Poetry, or Rome, or Brutus.

Did you know that you can see titles near a text of interest before you even get to the stacks? 

One you get to the record of a title (example: Caesar's Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire) try the Previous and Next arrows to see nearby titles -- a great way to look for other titles that address topics the same as or similar to yours!

Or... try the Find Similar Items tab on the record page.