Classical Literature

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College of Liberal Arts, Classical Studies


Discovery - an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This is a great place to start searching, but I strongly recommend checking the databases listed below, as well.

JSTOR - This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. NOTE: JSTOR is primarily useful for locating older articles. This is due to an agreement with publishers where JSTOR typically does not provide full text coverage for the most recent 2 to 5 years, in exchange for complete archival access.

Arts & Humanities (ProQuest) — Includes hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Research Library - a general database providing access to scholarly journals and general magazines, many of which are available in full text. Many of the resources in this database will not be found via Discovery

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO) — Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. While the majority of the resources available deal with modern history, the Classical time period is also included. This database is included in Discovery.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text - The database offers full-text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. This database is not included in Discovery, and is a good resource when researching obscure topics or recent research developments.

Other Resources


For print journals, search the library catalog by journal title. Journals related to Classical Studies topics are available electronically in full text; search by journal title or browse by subject in the Full Text Electronic Journal List. Note that there is no subject heading for Classical Studies at this time, but you can find most of the relevant titles by browsing "History" and limiting your results to the subject Classics using the tools on the left of the screen.


Search the library catalog to find books available in any of the Mercer University Library. Please check to make certain items you want are available at your location; if the item you need is at another location,view this guide on how to request it. If you don't see a title in the online catalog, you may request books via Interlibrary Loan, or suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

Books relevant to Classical Studies can be found in multiple areas in the Library of Congress Classification Scheme used by University Library. Some relevant sections include:

  • B 108-708 Philosophy of the Ancient World
  • DE 1-100 History of the Greco-Roman World
  • PA 1 - 8595 Classical Literature


Many e-books are available via Discovery. Works in the public domain may be found here:

Internet Classics Archive - Offers 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation. The Archive is searchable, and includes a list of links to other resources.

Perseus Digital Library - Sponsored by Tufts University, this site includes a digital library that provides a variety of resources on the ancient world from primary texts to site plans. Note that many of the materials here are provided in their original language, although translations are often also available.

Reference Sources Online and in the University Library

Oxford Art Online— Provides online access to the entire text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art plus newly-commissioned articles. The database includes over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Through an alliance with The Bridgeman Art Library, the database offers access to over 130,000 searchable images.

The following titles in the Tarver Library Reference Collection may also be useful:

Other reference sources are available at the Swilley Library and the Regional Academic Centers. Please visit these locations to review these materials, as they do not circulate, and must be used in the building. 

Useful Web Sites

Perseus Digital Library - Sponsored by Tufts University, this site includes a digital library that provides a variety of resources on the ancient world from primary texts to site plans. Many sources from the Classical world are provided both in the original language and in translation. Perseus also provides tools to help you translate works or cross-reference word usage.

Perseus Art and Archaeology Artifact Browser - Access images and short descriptions of sites, buildings, coins, vases, and other physical artifacts of the classical period.

American Philological Association - Founded in 1869 by "professors, friends, and patrons of linguistic science," the APA is the principal learned society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations. While the majority of its members are university and college Classics teachers, members also include scholars in other disciplines, primary and secondary school teachers, and interested lay people. (Description taken from the APA website.)

Course-Specific Resources

 no course guides available at this time