Greek and Roman Studies

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This search tool doesn't search everything that the library owns or subscribes to so you will still need to search other resources to find everything that you need. .  

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Reference Materials: 

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Key Databases for Journal Articles

Additional Databases

By connecting via Carleton Library, you will be able to seamlessly connect to the full-text of articles that are part of the library's collection.

Provides the tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program. Where possible, links are given with articles of which the full text or an abstract is available online.

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses

For ancient or classical Greek and Roman research, primary sources are often the classical texts such as Themistocles by Plutach, Metamorphoses by Ovid or the Poetry of Sappho.  Most of the original sources are either not available to us, or written in Greek or Latin, so modern translations of critical editions are acceptable as primary sources.  Also acceptable as primary sources are ancient art, architecture, and artefacts, as well as archaeological reports and diaries. To assist you in locating these sources use:

  • Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Antiquity / Hubert Cancik, et. al. DE5.N4813 (2002)
  • Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Classical Tradition / Manfred landfester DE5.N4913 2006

Finding Primary Sources

The Digital Corpus assembles a wide range Greek texts and their Arabic counterparts. It also includes a number of Arabic commentaries and important secondary sources. The texts in the corpus can be consulted individually or side by side with their translation. The majority of texts can also be downloaded for further analysis.

The Chicago Homer is a multilingual database that uses the search and display capabilities of electronic texts to make the distinctive features of Early Greek epic accessible to readers with and without Greek.

Over 400 full-text works, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

Wide variety of resources on the ancient world. Full-text in original Greek or Latin as well as English translations; integrated Atlas; art and archaeology images and descriptions etc.

Provides access to public domain Latin texts. The texts are not intended for research purposes nor as substitutes for critical editions. There are no translations at the site.

Digital library of Late Antique Latin texts.

The 'Digitised Manuscripts' section of The British Library website provides access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the Library and their descriptions, including many Greek manuscripts.

Website contains essentially all Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, as well as some texts selected from later antiquity.

The Tesserae project aims to provide a flexible and robust web interface for exploring intertextual parallels.

Provides access to a number of works from authors such as Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Aristotle, the Greek tragedians and orators that have traditionally been used in university and college level instruction of Greek.

To find print and electronic editions and translations of primary texts available in the library:

Use Advanced Search to filter your results.

For image and artifact sources for Greek and Roman Art, Architecture and Archaeology see the following:

A digital library of art images. Includes approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology.  ARTstor's software tools support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.

A massive library of art objects (coins, vases, gems), sites, and buildings. Each entry has a description of the object and its context; most have images. Produced in collaboration with many museums, institutions, and scholars.

Includes databases of images and documentation of classical pottery, gems, and sculpture. Databases can be searched separately, or simultaneously.

An illustrated catalogue of more than 100,000 ancient vases.

The ANS collections database contains information on more than 600,000 objects which include, coins, paper money, tokens, ‘primitive’ money, medals and decorations, from all parts of the world, and all periods in which such objects have been produced.


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Arachne is the central Object database of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne. It is intended to provide archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes.

Digitization of text and plates from all out-of-print volumes of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Online searchable database of digitized text and images, browsable by country and museum, and searchable by fabric, technique, provenance and other aspects.

Based at the University of Oxford, the Manar al-Athar website, provides high resolution, searchable images. These images of archaeological sites, including buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC) through, the Islamic period to the present. It is the first website of its kind providing such material labelled jointly in both Arabic and English.

The OAID was established in2015. Its initial aim was to preserve and make available images of archaeological sites recorded on slide film. In many cases these images are a unique record of the sites at a particular time. More recent events in Iraq and Syria have urged a more pressing need to record and preserve the record of some archaeological sites.

Films and Videos

For video material at the Carleton University library, do a KEYWORD or SUBJECT search in Omni, the library discoveru search tool and limit by "Material Type".

If you cannot find what you need search the following database:

Free documentaries online.



Wide variety of resources on the ancient world. Full-text in original Greek or Latin as well as English translations; integrated Atlas; art and archaeology images and descriptions etc.

News, projects, and links for digital classicists.

Tables of contents of over 160 journals of interest to classicists. Topics include: Classics, Archaeology, Religion, and Near Eastern Studies.


Carleton University professor Shawn Graham's blog

Art and Architecture

Offers information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world. Documentation begins at the time of the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction.

A sholarly tool in progress (The Packard Humanities Institute).





Learn ancient Greek & Latin

Literature and Ancient Authors

Digital Library of late antiquity on the web

Maps and Geography

A community-built gazetteer and graph of ancient places. It publishes authoritative information about ancient places and spaces.


Mythology, Religion and Philosophy

Contains an extensive list of Roman gods and goddesses and their Greek counterparts.

Olympics and Sport

Politics and Government


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Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information



Content last reviewed: July 10, 2020