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- Aesopica: Aesop's Fables in English, Latin & Greek - Laura Gibbs, Faculty Liaison for Information Technology at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She also maintains the following web sites:
- Bestiaria Latina: Stories about Animals in Latin - With Blog
- Biblia Vulgata: Bible Stories for Latin Students
- Legenda Aurea: Stories about the Saints in Latin
- Mythologiae: Classical Myths for Latin Students
- American Academy in Rome - Overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the fine arts and the humanities. The Library "contains over 135,000 volumes in the fields of of Classical studies and the history of art and architecture. Especially strong are the collections in ancient Mediterranean archaeology and art, Greek and Latin literature, ancient topography (including the history of the city of Rome), ancient religions, and related fields such as epigraphy, numismatics and papyrology." Access is provided to the online catalogue.
- American Classical League - "Founded in 1919 for the purpose of fostering the study of classical languages in the United States and Canada."
- American Research Center in Egypt - Professional society in the United States of specialists on Egypt of all periods.
- American School of Classical Studies at Athens
- Analytic Bibliography of On-Line Neo-Latin Texts - Texts written during the Renaissance and later that are freely available to the general public on the Web have been collected by Dana F. Sutton, University of California, Irvine. There is a list of recent additions.
- Ancient City of Athens - Photographic archive of the archaeological and architectural remains of ancient Athens from the personal slide collection of Kevin T. Glowacki and Nancy L. Klein of the Department of Classical Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Ancient World Mapping Center - Interdisciplinary research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are free maps and an Index of Placenames (toponyms) with "links to each of the articles in which a given name appears, and also provides basic information about other names for each place and where those places are located."
- Aquae Urbis Romae - Waters of the City of Rome - An interactive archive of the hydrological history and urban development of the city of Rome from 753 BC to the present day. (Katherine Wentworth Rinne, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.)
- Aquila Theatre Company of London - Company in Residence at the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University.
- Archaeological Institute of America
- Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe - Maintained by Sara Champion and Martijn van Leusen, ARGE is an "ordered collection of hypertext links pointing to current archaeological communication and information resources across Europe."
- Archaeology Magazine
- ArchNet - Hosted and maintained by the staff at the Archaeological Research Institute, Arizona State University.
- Archaeology Data Service - "Supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources."
- Augustine of Hippo - Maintained by James J. O'Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University. See also his Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy.
- Beazley Archive - University of Oxford archive of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) contains notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek art. Site provides a dictionary with illustrated descriptions of characters from Greek myth, Photographs and glass slides, and the Beazley Archive Extensible Database with more than 130,000 records and 150,000 images (registration required).
- Bibliotheca Augustana: Litteraturae et artis collectio - Ulrich Harsch.
- Bibliotheca Classica Selecta (BCS) - "Introduction bibliographique aux études classiques" by Jean-Marie Hannick and Jacques Poucet, Brussels.
- British Museum
- Libraries Catallogue
- Building a New Rome:The Imperial Colony of Pisidian Antioch (25 BC-AD 700) - Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University Michigan
- CELT - Corpus of Electronic Texts - "Searchable online textbase consisting of 14.4 million words, in 1156 contemporary and historical documents from many areas, including literature and the other arts." Department of History and the Computer Centre, University College Cork.
- Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents - Oxford University; includes images of Greek inscriptions, CSAD's newsletter, and links to related resources.
- Christian Catacombs of Rome - Istituto Salesiano San Callisto, Roma.
- Classical Language Instruction Project - Samples of Greek and Latin prose read by scholars. Homer, Plato, Pindar, Virgil, Tacitus, Horace, Ovid, Seneca and Propertius. Maintained by Christian Wildberg, Classics, Princeton University.
- Classical Myth: the Ancient Sources - Laurel Brown, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria. Has a section on the Olympian Gods with images and texts.
- Classical Mythology Online - A companion to Morford and Lenardon's best-selling Classical Mythology 8th edition. (You can search inside the
6th edition at Amazon). Highlights:
- Character Glossary
- Words and Phrases Glossary
- Constellation maps
- Geographical maps
- Classical Studies - Department of Classical Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington.
- Classics at Oxford - The department's offerings include:
- Beazley Archive
- Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents
- Friends of Herculaneum Society
- Imaging Projects
- A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names
- Onassis Programme for the Performance of Greek Drama at Oxford University
- Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project
- Sackler Library - "One of the principal research libraries of the University of Oxford and specialises in Archaeology, Art History, and Classics (Ancient History and Literature)."
- Sphakia Survey
- Classics Ireland - Journal of the Classical Association of Ireland, University College Dublin. Full-text available online from 1994 to 2005.
- Classics Page at Ad Fontes Academy - Includes Latin Library with an Author Index (Index Auctorum).
- Collapse: Why do Civilizations Fail - The Maya, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi), and the Mali and Songhai of western Africa. (An Annenberg Learner Online project.)
- Cuneiform Tablets: From the Reign of Gudea of Lagash to Shalmanassar III - "Presents clay tablets, cones, and brick fragments inscribed using the ancient writing system known as cuneiform from the Library of Congressâ€™ collections. The Sumerians invented this writing system, which involves the use of a wedge-shaped reed stylus to make impressions in clay. Cuneiform Tablets: From the Reign of Gudea of Lagash to Shalmanassar III includes school tablets, accounting records, and commemorative inscriptions. This online presentation features 38 cuneiform tablets, presented with supplementary materials. The 38 tablets are dated from the reign of Gudea of Lagash (2144-2124 B.C.) to Shalmanassar III (858-824 B.C.) during the New Assyrian Empire (884-612 B.C.)." (African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress.)
- De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors - Richard D. Weigel.
- Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World - Ross Scaife, University of Kentucky. Offers a collection of links to Images and Art Collections.
- Duke Papyrus Archive - "Provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."
- Early Photography in Greece and the Mediterranean - "Approximately 200 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photographs of ancient Greek and Roman architecture" in the Gary Edwards collection of photographs of Greece.
at the Getty Research Institute. There is information on the photographers. Examples:
- Modern city, from the Acropolis - Francis Bedford (1816-1894), photographer.
- Le temple d'Eole - Petros Moraites (b. 1832), photographer.
- Corfu harbor
- Port of Piraeus - ca. 1860.
- Temple of Athena Nike from the west - Ziffo, M. P.; photographer.
- École française de Rome
- Egyptology Resources - Nigel Strudwick, University of Cambridge.
- Electronic Resources for Classicists: the Second Generation - Maria C. Pantelia. (Last updated 6/13/03)
- English Heritage
- English Server - Site offers links to over 35,000 works online. Collections include Philosophy and Rhetoric.
- ETANA - An acronym for Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives, ETANA is a cooperative project of many organizations. It consists of ABZU, a "guide to information related to the study of the ancient Near East available on the Web" and a collection of Core Texts.
- Fachbezogene Informationen Sondersammelgebiet Aegyptologie - Digitalisierte Print-Literatur. Collection of links to a large number of digitized texts on Aegyptologie (Egyptologie) in libraries and institutions throughout the world. (Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg).
- Fonti Letterarie: I singoli autori on line: Autori latini - Links to Greek and Latin online texts. Part of the Rassegna degli Strumenti Informatici per lo Studio dell'Antichità Classica di Alessandro Cristofori.
- Forum Romanum - David Camden.
- Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum - "collaborative project among scholars from a variety of disciplines with the main purpose of creating a digital library of Latin literature, spanning from the earliest epigraphic remains to the Neo-Latinists of the eighteenth century."
- From the Sands of the Sahara: Ancient Kellis and Its Texts - Virtual exhibition with catalogue of photographs from the Department of Classics and Archaeology and material from the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection.
- Giza Archives - The Giza excavation was undertaken by Harvard University and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, under the leadership of George Andrew Reisner, between 1902 and 1947. This impressive interactive web project, directed by Peter Der Manuelian, consists of thousands of photographs (over 22,000), expedition diaries (over 3,000 pages), maps and plans (over 10,000), and a digital library of full-text books and articles (over 200). To get an idea of the scope of the project, search for Head of alabaster statue of Menkaure or an advanced people search for Said Ahmed.
- Greek Grammar on the Web - Marc Huys.
- Guide to Early Church Documents - John Brubaker and Gary Bogart, Institute for Christian Leadership.
- Harappa: Glimpses of South Asia Before 1947 - Multimedia presentation on Harappa, an ancient city in the Indus Valley.
- Hellenic Ministry of Culture
- Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology - University of Memphis.
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall. (Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.)
- Internet Classics Archive - Daniel C. Stevenson's archive of over 440 classical Greek and Roman texts (in English translation).
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "Peer-reviewed resource" founded by James Fieser and edited by Fiesner and Bradley Dowden. A similar resource is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World - William Thayer's searchable site includes "a Gazetteer of Roman and Etruscan cities and monuments, an Atlas of the Roman Empire, a site for teaching yourself to read Latin inscriptions, 29 complete books of Pliny the Elder's Natural History so far, a book on Roman roads in Britain, a fair amount of Ptolemy's Geography, and more." RomanSites is Thayer's catalog of over 2,000 websites on Roman antiquity. There are selections from William Smith's A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities , London 1875 including Arvales Fratres by Robert Whiston.
- Latin Online Translator - "Online translator, dictionary, and grammar for latin."
- Lector Longinquus The Distant Reader, Latin and Greek Texts - Harry A. Sprague Library, Montclair State University. Part of the Montclair Electronic Text Center.
- Lepcis Magna: the Roman Empire in Africa - Hafed Walda, Kings College London.
- Library of Congress Greek and Latin Classics Internet Resources
- Making of America - "Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction" (1850 to 1877). The University of Michigan "collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints" and the Cornell collection "provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles". Although searching is a bit challenging this can be a good source for classical texts. Here are some sample titles:
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman antiquities. Ed. by William Smith - Boston, 1870.
- A handbook of Latin poetry, containing selections from Ovid, Virgil, and Horace, with notes and grammatical references - By James Hobbs Hanson, Boston, 1865. [776 pages]
- The first six books of Homer's Iliad with explanatory notes intended for beginners in the epic dialect - By James R. Boise, Chicago, 1869.
- Metis: A QVTR Interface for Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites - QuickTime videos developed by Bruce Hartzler for the use of an Archaeology class at the University of Texas at Austin. You can zoom in on photographs of important sites (Acropolis, Corinth, Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, Sparta etc.) and retrieve plans and descriptive information.
- Museum of Ancient Inventions - Students in the Smith College History of Science course researched, constructed and explained ancient inventions. With Photographs, history and method of construction.
- American Journal of Archaeology
- Didaskalia - "Electronic journal and resource dedicated to the study of ancient Greek and Roman drama in performance."
Volume 5, Issue 3 (Summer 2002) is a thematic issue on Sophocles' Electra with such articles as Clytemnestra's Daughters, Electra traces: Beckett's critique of Sophoclean tragedy and Romantic Electra: The case of Shelley's Beatrice.
- Benaki Museum - Athens.
- British Museum: Mesopotamia
- The Getty - Los Angeles.
- International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
- Louvre - Collection includes Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities and Oriental & Islamic Antiquities. Searchable via Atlas.
- Museo Arqueologico Provincial de ALicante (MARQ) - Received the Award for the European Museum of the Year in 2004.
- Museum of Anthropology - University of Michigan.
- New Acropolis Museum - Athens. See Acropolis Now by Richard Covington, Smithsonian Magazine, February 2008. "Housing more than 4,000 works of art, the New Acropolis Museum in Athens will contain the world's most extensive repository of Archaic and Classical Greek sculptures."
- Mythfolklore.net - Home page of Laura Gibbs, Faculty Liaison for Information Technology at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She maintains the following web sites:
- Aesopica: Aesop's Fables in English, Latin and Greek
- Bestiaria Latina: Stories about Animals in Latin - With Blog
- Biblia Vulgata: Bible Stories for Latin Students
- Legenda Aurea: Stories about the Saints in Latin
- Mythologiae: Classical Myths for Latin Students
- Mythography - "Exploring Greek, Roman, and Celtic Mythology and Art."
- New York Times
- Odysseys of Homer translated by George Chapman, 1857 - From the Bartleby Library. The Perseus Project also has full-text versions of the Odyssey and the Iliad.
- Omnes Viae: Tabula Peutingeriana - Roman Route Planner. "a reconstruction of an antique Roman map with internet technology."
- Online Medieval & Classical Library - "Collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization." Browse by author, title, genre and language. Created by Douglas B. Killings and Roy Tennant, and maintained by Roy Tennant.
- Oriental Institute - Museum and research organization devoted to the study of the ancient Near East, the Institute is part of the University of Chicago. Their Research Archives provide access to over 35,000 items in the On-Line Catalogue.
- Thebes Photographic Project - Tom Van Eynde.
- Ovid im WWW - Ulrich Schmitzer, University of Erlangen (in German).
- Oxford Text Archive
- PADT Open - ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing "provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge."
- Photo Archive - "Main focus of this collection is the Greek, Etruscan and Roman past of what is now Italy." Among the subjects are:
- Hadrian's Villa
- Forum Romanum
- Arch of Constantine
- Paestum, or Poseidonia
- Villa Romana del Casale
- Classical Roman Collection - Sculpture in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Perseus Digital Library - Over 380 annotated texts, images, buildings, artifacts and secondary articles. Department of the Classics, Tufts University.
- Pompeii Forum Project - John J. Dobbins, University of Virginia; collaborative venture that focuses on the urban center of Pompeii; includes text, images and architectural plans
- Project Volterra - Established in honour of the memory of the distinguished Roman Lawyer Edoardo Volterra (1904-1987) to promote the study of Roman legislation in its full social, political and legal context, the site consists of the LAWS Database, an online version of the Codex Theodosianus and links to Other On-line Resources for Roman Law.
- Pyramids - The Inside Story - Nova Online
- Retiarius: Commentarii Periodici Latini - "Latin-only, entirely electronically published journal devoted to the study of Latin written from Antiquity to the present, and to publishing new texts in Latin." (University of Kentucky Classics Department.)
- Roman Law Resources - Ernest Metzger, of the Faculty of Law at the University of Aberdeen, provides information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who engage in the study of Roman law and provides a Directory of Historians of Ancient Law.
- Roman Open Air Museum Hechingen-Stein - Southwestern Germany
- Rome Reborn - Project to create a digital model of ancient Rome as it appeared in late antiquity (June 21, 320 AD). The Gallery has papers, still images, and video and audio clips.
- Searchebooks.com - Locate e-texts. A search for Plato, for example, retrieves over 1200 results.
- Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma
- Stoa Consortium - "Serving news, projects, and links for digital classicists everywhere."
- Stone Pages - Paola Arosio & Diego Meozzitone provide this online guide to European megaliths and other archaeological sites (ancient circles, dolmens, standing stones, cairns, barrows and hillforts).
- TOCS-IN (Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists) - "Contains ca 185 journals, and over 45,000 articles, in a database at Toronto. In addition, the Louvain mirror site archives much additional material for some of the journals before 1992. Searches of all data can be made at both sites."
- Theban Mapping Project - Egyptology professor Kent Weeks and his team are exploring and mapping KV5, the tomb for the sons of Ramses II, and will provide up-to-the-minute reports of their activities.
- Theo Greek Mythology: Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art - Aaron J. Atsma.
- Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS) - "network of research Libraries in Rome was established in 1992 to create an on-line union catalog. The specialist collections include works on archaeology, history, history of art and architecture, philology, church history, law and social sciences. The catalog also includes other collections of rare printed books, original photographs and musical scores."
- United States National Library of Medicine
- Greek Medicine from the Gods to Galen - 2002 exhibition.
- University of Kentucky Classics Department
- University of Michigan Papyrus Collection - "Over 7,000 inventory numbers and more than 10,000 individual fragments, this collection is one of the largest of its type in the world." Has Featured Exhibits.
- VRoma - "Virtual community for teaching and learning classics, modeled upon the ancient city of Rome, where students and instructors can interact live, hold courses and lectures, and share resources for the study of the ancient world, and a collection of and filter for internet resources."
- Vindolanda Tablets Online - "Collaborative project between the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Academic Computing Development Team at Oxford University. It is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Voice of the Shuttle: Classical Studies - Collection of web sites for humanities research. There are sections for:
- Art History
- WGBH Forum Network - "Audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders."
- Color in Greek and Roman Ancient Bronzes -
Sophie DesCamps, curator of the Musée du Louvre, February 2, 2008.
- Georgics of Virgil: Art and Practice of Literary Translation - David Ferry and Lawrence Rosenwald, December 1, 2004.
- Ancient Olympics: Gods and Athletes - Donald Kyle, professor of history, University of Texas. Delivered at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on March 21, 2004.
- Greek Gods, Human Lives: Our Fascination with Myths - Lecture by Mary R. Lefkowitz, professor of classical studies at Wellesley College, on October 21, 2003.
Last updated 1 October 2011
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