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Key Databases for Journal Articles

Additional Databases

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. (Online at HaithiTrust)  (2006)
  • Brill's New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Classical Tradition / Manfred Landfester (Online at HathiTrust) (2006)

Finding Primary Sources

  • Digital Corpus for Graeco-Arabic Studies
    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
    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.
  • The Internet Classics Archive
    Over 400 full-text works, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
  • Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Ancient History (Fordham University)
  • Perseus Collection: Greek and Roman Materials (Tufts)
    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.
  • Patrologia Latina
  • The Latin Library at the Classics Page
    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.
  • digilibLT
    Digital library of Late Antique Latin texts.
  • British Library Digitised Manuscripts
    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.
  • PHI Latin Texts
    Website contains essentially all Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, as well as some texts selected from later antiquity.
  • Tesserae (Latin)
    The Tesserae project aims to provide a flexible and robust web interface for exploring intertextual parallels.
  • Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (Abridged)
    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:

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

  • ARTstor
    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.
  • Art and Archaeology Artifact Browser (via Perseus Digital Library)
    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.
  • Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
    An illustrated catalogue of more than 100,000 ancient vases.
  • American Numismatic Society Collection
    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.
  • Image Resources (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Yale University Art Gallery



  • Arachne
    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.
  • Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: CVA Online
    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
  • Manar al-Athar: Free multi-media resource for the study of the Middle East
    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.
  • Oxford Archaeology Image Database
    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.
  • Art & Humanities Database
  • Oxford Art Online

Films and Videos

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

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

Free documentaries online.




Art and Architecture





Literature and Ancient Authors

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

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Content last reviewed: April 26, 2021