Undertaking Research in Classical Archaeology: Materials and Methods

A selection of resources

Please contact Sue Willetts, our Senior Library Assistant, for more information on any of the topics covered below.

Library Catalogues

Senate House Libraries Catalogue: Catalogue for Senate House Libraries.

COPAC: This catalogue contains information on the holdings of many research libraries in the UK including the British Library.

Union list of Serials This is a combined catalogue of the titles of Journals or Newspapers held in the libraries of the University of London. Searchable by keyword as well as exact title.

Databases and Software

Greek literature

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
Search in Greek
c. 91 million words. Follow link for Institutional subscribers.

Latin Literature

Packard Humanities Institute (PHI Version 5.3) CD ROM (1991) loaded onto PCs B and C and now online

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina. Version 4. CD ROM (2006)

Library of Latin Texts Latin Christian and Classical authors. This link can be used on one of the library computers at the Institute of Classical Studies Library.

Greek Papyri and Inscriptions

Packard Humanities Institute (PHI Version 7.0) CD ROM. Loaded onto PCs B and C
Separate searches for: Greek Classical Inscriptions, Greek Christian Inscriptions or Greek Papyri. Greek papyri fragments are also searchable online ( some with translations and photographic images) via the Papyrological Navigator.

Latin inscriptions

German Universities Epigraphic project and links to other databases.
CIL (Inscriptions from Rome) Volume 6 only is available on a CD ROM entitled Epigraph.

Bibliographic Resources - online resources available in the Electronic Resources Room

Dictionary of bibliographic abbreviations found in the scholarship of classical studies and related disciples J.S.Wellington.
At Library desk and at X140D (2003) Prev. ed. 1983.

L'Annee Philologique
The year’s work in Classical Studies. Online and at X140D. Print copy and subscription to online version covering 1924 – 2009 (plus some from 2010)
Use desk top icon for this resource.

Library subscription to web version. Select option for Realkatalog. Includes subject tree of archaeological and historical headings with subdivisions, and keyword, author and title search. Please note: Password required. Please ask at the library desk. An online version of this called Zenon is also available

Freely available online. Basic keyword and author search. Mainly 1992 onwards.

Includes archaeological and classical journals searchable by keywords.

Now freely available online. A very large database. Thesaurus based database, also keyword, author indexes. For more recent entries, includes references to: Pauly, Oxford Classical Dictionary, ANRW.

Subject Based Resources

Arachne. Object based database from the German Archaeological Institute in Cologne. Individual registration required.

Barrington Atlas and Gazeteer (or CD ROM Gazeteer)

Beazley Archive (Pottery database)

Lexicon of Iconographicum Mythologicae Classicae
In the library at X146B. Multi-volume text and plates.

Oxford Classical Dictionary 4th ed. 2012. In the library at X62

Library has 4 CD ROM version loaded on computer C. New version available online. Combination of archaeological and literary references, and photographic images of sites, vase paintings. Includes some data from Princeton Encyclopaedia of Classical Sites (1976).

Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites 1976 Also on Perseus

Sheet maps
Especially new Greek and Italian series. Ask at Library desk.

Useful Websites and related resources

American Journal of Archeology

Archaeology Data Service 95,000 sites, monuments in UK

APIS (Advanced Papyrological Information System)

Mary Beard's blog

British Museum

Classics at Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents Oxford University

Classics Confidential
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Classics with details of the latest Classics-based stories that have been hitting the news and featuring interviews with a wide range of people involved in the subject, from Profs to PhD students, all talking personally, and passionately, about what gets them going in the research that they do.

Digital Classicist Humanities computing applied to the study of the ancient world

Institute of Classical Studies
Check here for London meetings and seminars, and follow this link for Postgraduate work-in-progress seminars.

Intute: Arts and Humanities Formerly Resource Discovery Network and Humbul

Lacus Curtius
Images of Roman sites, texts of a selection of Latin authors, Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, (1875) et cetera.

Oxford University Site for Classics

Princeton University, USA

Rassegna (Rassegna degli Strumenti Informatici per lo Studio dell'Antichità Classica) Includes texts and archaeology.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Has a link to resources for classics including

Vindolanda Tablets Online