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

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. Select Union List from the drop down box wghich displays M25 Libraries

Databases and Software

Greek literature

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
Search in Greek
Over 110 million words. Follow link for Institutional subscribers. Use in the Computer Room - ask for login password

Latin Literature

Packard Humanities Institute (PHI Version 5.3) now online

BBibliotheca 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)
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 Database.

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 Jean 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 – 2015. A new feature allows the user to link to Latin and Greek texts / translations.

Library subscription to web version. Select option for Realkatalog. Features Include subject tree of archaeological and historical headings with subdivisions, and keyword, author and title search. Password required. An online version of this called Zenon is also available

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

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

ANRW  An online index to the multi volume work known as Aufsteig und Niedergang der römischen Welt  / = Rise and Decline of the Roman World, is an extensive collection of books dealing with the history and culture of ancient Rome shelved at X119C

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

Barrington Atlas and 2 volume Gazeteer (or CD ROM Gazeteer)

Beazley Archive Searchable Greek Pottery database. There are other databases which include Gems; Casts; Etruscan and Central Italian Architectural Terracottas. NB Images are for research purposes and may not be used in a thesis.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologicae Classicae
In the library at X146B. Multi-volume text and plates. There is now an online link to a database which permits detailed enquiries: LIMC Database while Iconocline provides a link to images and LIMC - France provides access to the database of the French team of the LIMC

Lexicon of the Greek and Roman cities and placenames in antiquity Ca 1500 B.C. - Ca A.D. 500
A work in progress - In the library at X222A

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 Archaeology

Archaeological Data Service

This website supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources.

Mary Beard's blog

British Musuem website

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 for Postgraduate work-in-progress seminars.

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

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 Use the Quick Links to access Electronic resources page

Vindolanda Tablets Online