Purpose of Collection:

The Greek and Roman Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Greek and Roman Studies Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Ancient Greek and Latin Languages: The collection will include new definitive editions of Greek and Latin works (i.e. variorum editions, or editions with substantial or new critical introductions and/or annotations.) These include, but are not limited to, the following series: Oxford Classical Texts, Teubner (Bibliotheca scriptorum graecorum et romanorum Teubneriana), Budé, Cambridge Greek and Latin Texts, Aris & Phillips Classical Texts
  • Classical Philology
    • Criticism and commentary
    • Language and style
    • History of Greeek and Latin literature
    • Political and cultural history of antiquity
    • Mythology
    • Philosophy
    • History of Classical scholarship
  • Archaeology: General and reference works on theoretical and practical archaeology, on methods and techniques

Selection Guidelines


Primarily new scholarship is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.

Time period: Primarily 800 BCE – 450 CE. The Collection will cover events ranging from archaic Greece to the end of the Roman Empire. The collection will include works dealing with periods outside of these parameters (e.g. the Mycenaean Age, Late Antiquity) at the recommendation of the faculty.


In the case of materials selected to provide teaching support, English language works will be the primary focus of the collection. Selected works in French will also be included. Language coverage for faculty research will not be limited. Works in English will be routinely collected while works in other languages, including – but not limited to – Latin, German, French, Russian, Spanish, and Italian, will be collected upon request.


Books, journals, conference proceedings, translations, maps.


Reprints and textbooks only collected by faculty request.

Additional Collection Information

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