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Atlases & Maps

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, Univ. of Texas Libraries Resource contains images
Historical maps of Europe from the Greek and Roman eras to the 20th c.
Includes maps of various types: political, topographical, thematic, etc.


Année Philologique Restricted Resource
Indexes articles in journals, books, and conference proceedings covering all aspects of classical studies. Historical coverage ranges from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Dates of Coverage: 1924 to date
Art Full Text (1984 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes 350 art magazines and journals covering pre-historic to contemporary art. Some full text from 1995-date.  For earlier dates search its companion database Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)

Searching both databases simultaneously for publications dated 1929 to the present. Both databases index the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin.  
FastiOnline: A database of archaelogical excavations since the year 2000
Summaries of excavations throughout the area of the Roman Empire.

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  most journals 2-5 years out-of-date
The German Archaeological Institute's Archaeological Bibliography, is an essential research tool for the ancient Mediterranean culture.  Offers a thesaurus based hierarchical search in addition to basic search options. This online version is a freely available continuation of Archaölogische Bibliographie, and is being expanded on a daily basis by the German Archaeological Institute research institutes in Rome, Athens, Istanbul and Berlin.


Brill's New Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world: Classical tradition
Print Location: Main Library Reference, DE 5 .P33213 2006 vol. 1-5 + Index
An English translation of the most important and useful encyclopedia for the classical period.

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Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome
Print Location: Main Ref. & Art Ref. DE59.C55 1988 vols. 1-3
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Enciclopedia dell'Arte Antica, Classica, e Orientale
Print Location: Art N31 .E48 vols. 1-7
Ancient art and archaeology of the Mediterranean

Prehistory to 500 AD/BCE

Places, artists, and subjects. Many illustrations
Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture Restricted Resource Some full text available
Cycladic, Minoan, Helladic, Etruscan through the Roman Empire
Print: Art Ref. N 5610 .G76 2007 vol. 1&2 
Oxford Reference: Classics Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
  • The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
  • The Oxford Classical Dictionary
  • The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
  • Who's Who in the Classical World
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
  • The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (English-Latin)
  • The Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary (Latin-English)
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites
Print Location: Art Ref. DE59.P7
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Who's Who in the Classical World Restricted Resource
  • Ancient biography
  • Greek and Roman history, politics, literature, philosophy, science, and art 
  • Longer entries explain major historical and cultural themes in antiquity, centered round individuals


ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and reaching in art history from pre-historical to contemporary media.
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Resource contains images
The fundamental source for ancient Greek vase painting
Black & white images, descriptions of vases and references
Intends to publish images of all known ancient vases 
Beazley Archive, Oxford University, has digitized the out of print volumes of the CVA
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LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologize Classicae)
Print Location: Art Ref. N7760.L49 1981 vols. 2 pt.1 - 6 pt. 2
An imporant resource for the study of ancient art, iconography, and its influence on western culture, use LIMC to see reproductions of, or citatoins to, all known images of ancient mythological gods, goddesses, or demi-gods.

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Mythological and Classical World Art Index
Print Location: Art Ref. N7760.R63 1991
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The Beazley Archive Resource contains images
Use this database for drawings and descriptions of Athenian (ca 625-300 B.C.) black- and red-figure pottery, both whole and fragments, from around the world.

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Early Greek Myth: A guide to Literary and Artistic Sources
Print Location: Art Ref. BL782.G34 1993
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Perseus Project Resource contains images
Includes a large database of images (coins, vases, sculpture), Greek and Latin texts and translations, resources for textual studies, and English word searches of the texts.
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Topographical Guides

Lexicon Topographicum Urbis Romae
Print Location: Art Library Reference . DG 63 .L49 1993 vols. 1-6
For the most complete and up-to-date survey of the monuments of Rome Steinby's Lexicon topographicum urbis Romae is indispensable. Specialists wrote the essays so they have a depth and length that cannot be matched by its single author antecedents (i.e., Richardson’s A new topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, Art Ref. DG 68 .R5 1992; Platner & Ashby’s A topographical dictionary of ancient Rome, Art Ref. DG 16 .P685).

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