Collection Development Policy Statement

The John Miller Burnam Classics Library
University of Cincinnati
Collection Development Policy Statement

The UC Classics Library maintains a comprehensive, in-depth collection of materials in the broad areas of Classical Studies covering the Aegean and Helladic Bronze Age through the Roman Empire to the early European Middle Ages, especially Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Empire, but also the later Medieval and Renaissance periods as they relate to the classical tradition, and a selective collection of materials on Ancient Egypt and the Near East and on Post-Byzantine Greece.

*Exhaustive coverage includes virtually all publications, even those popular in nature (very little that can be labeled “popular” is published in Greek and Latin philology, so using the term “exhaustive” for philology is quite “safe.” The same cannot be said for archaeology, for example, hence the term “comprehensive” for Greek and Roman archaeology although the level of acquisitions is equally high).

*Comprehensive coverage includes most scholarly primary and secondary source materials as well as reference literature.

*Selective coverage includes all important, major titles.

Most formats/materials are of interest: monographs, microform, serials, series, conference proceedings, published dissertations, Festschriften, collected essays, electronic databases, e-journals and e-books.

Studies in classical antiquity are acquired in all languages, especially in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Modern Greek.

Exhaustive* coverage:
Ancient Greek and Latin philology (see note above).

Comprehensive* coverage:
Archaeology (Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, Italic, and Roman, including excavation reports, deluxe editions, guide books, and many published dissertations).
Art & Architecture (Aegean, Greek, Etruscan, Italic, Roman, including museum, exhibition, and auction catalogs).
Topography of the ancient world (including maps and atlases).
Ancient History (from Bronze Age Greece to the Eastern Roman Empire, all aspects – political, legal, social, economic, cultural, military).
Ancient Philosophy (Greek, including the pre-Socratics to Byzantine, and Roman, Late Antiquity).
Ancient Religion and Mythology (including Minoan-Mycenaean, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Late Antiquity).
Epigraphy (Aegean scripts, Greek, Latin, Etruscan, Italic).
Palaeography (Greek and Latin, ancient and medieval).
Patristics (Greek and Latin comprehensively; other languages selectively).
Papyrology (Greek and Latin from all areas of the Roman Empire, including Demotic and Coptic papyri).
Numismatics (Greek to Byzantine and Roman, from all areas of the Roman Empire)
History of Classical Scholarship, Classical Tradition.

Byzantium – comprehensive coverage in all disciplines, history, art, architecture, numismatics, epigraphy, religion, literature.

Modern Greece – comprehensive coverage for the Frankokratia, Venetokratia, Tourkokratia, Enlightenment era, War of Independence, WWII, Dictatorship. Travel in Greece. Philhellenism, the Language Question, the Eastern Question, Historiography.

Selective* coverage:
Prehistoric and later Archaeology of the Near East, Ancient Egypt, and Anatolia (any lacunae in coverage of Near Eastern and Egyptian studies should be filled by the full access for the UC community to the Hebrew Union College Library).
Post-Roman art and architecture.
The History of the Early Church, the History of Papal Rome. History of religious institutions and patronage. History of Humanism and Science. History of the Book.
Medieval and Humanistic Latin. Medieval palaeography, manuscript studies. Byzantine influence/interaction with neighboring states: medieval Balkans, Russia, Islamic world, Latin West. Travels to Turkey, the Holy Land, Balkans.
(“Generous” selective coverage) Contemporary Greece -- history, politics, language and literature (fiction, highly selective coverage except for major authors and works in English translation), religion, folklore, music, theater, philhellenism, the Greek diaspora.