Libraries

John Miller Burnam Classics Library

Circulation and mezzanine area

Physical stack access is available to UC Classics Faculty, Graduate Students, and Tytus Fellows:

Mondays-Thursdays 1:00-5:00 pm

The Click & Collect service is available for all other users. Requests made through the Library Catalog for Classics Library items by Wednesdays before 9:00 am are placed on a book truck and sorted by name of borrower, just inside the front door of the Classics Library, for pick up on Thursdays 2:00-5:00 pm.

For those who are not current members of the UC classics department: If you are making travel plans to visit the UC Classics Library this summer, please note that the Library will open to the public on August 2. The opening hours will be: 9:00 am-5:00 pm, M-F. The Click & Collect service will be discontinued for all users at the end of July.

Because of the Library's close quarters, poor ventilation, and users and staff with possible immunocompromised conditions, we strongly recommend that you be fully vaccinated and/or wear masks when entering the Library.  


Facsimile, Medieval Manuscript, Ptolemy

The John Miller Burnam Classics Library of the University of Cincinnati possesses one of the world's largest (almost 300,000 volumes) and most distinguished collections of Classical Studies with particular strengths in Greek and Latin philology, Aegean Bronze Age archaeology, and Latin palaeography. It is unique in housing under one roof the full spectrum of subdisciplines within the broad definition of Classics -- language and literature, art and archaeology, history, philosophy, religion, law, science, medicine, papyrology, epigraphy, palaeography, and more; and spanning five millennia of recorded history and the vast geographic areas of Ancient Greece, including Asia Minor and the Black Sea region, Magna Graecia (Greek colonies of South Italy and Sicily), pre-Roman Italy, including the Etruscan civilization, and the full expanses of the Roman Empire, including Eastern Rome (Byzantium) in addition to holding sizeable collections covering "Modern" Greece (post-1453 to the present), the Near East and Ancient Egypt. The Classics Library's acquisitions know no geographic or linguistic borders. Only 28% of the materials are in English. It has the highest circulation, and fills the most OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan requests of all college and departmental libraries at the University of Cincinnati and, as a physical destination library, receives more than 75,000 visits annually from all corners of the world. 


I have studied and worked at some of the best classics and archaeology libraries in the world, in New York, Cambridge MA, Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, London, Oxford, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Warsaw, among others. But UC’s own Burnam Classics Library rises above them all. Everything I need to do my research and teaching is right here, even though I work across a wide range of time and subjects, some quite specialized. I can browse the stacks, compare editions, check out old and recondite journals to an office or carrel. If there is something I need, all I have to do is mention it and it will be found and obtained. But most important is the library staff. They are knowledgeable, efficient, and, most importantly, eager to help faculty, students, and other scholars obtain and use library resources. In this time of lockdown, they have labored to keep the library open and to get us the books we need, as well as access to online sources. It is this culture of service to knowledge that makes our library so distinctive.

Barbara Burrell, UC Associate Professor of Classics


Map cabinet with important map of Troy

To aid UC classicists and others, below are some essential online resources; basic stuff without which no classics research is possible; core journals and major online databases in classics; a few online language dictionaries to assist when consulting some of the resources; followed by "Bibliographies and Study Guides", especially "Classical Studies: Sources," comprising links and annotations to ca. 4,000 printed and digital source materials in classics, divided into two parts: "Types of Sources" (dissertations, encyclopaedias, maps, etc.) and "Fields of Study" (archaeology, Greek and Roman; language, Etruscan and pre-Italic, Linear A and B, Greek, Latin, etc.). Some of the resources require UC authentication; others are freely available to all.    

Quick Links

ONLINE MONOGRAPHS

HathiTrust HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

UC users may have full-text digital access to books which UCL owns in print and which are part of the HathiTrust digital collection. To access this temporary service:

  • Log in through the VPN;
  • Go to www.hathitrust.org;
  • Click on the yellow ‘Log In’ button in the top right;
  • Select ‘University of Cincinnati’ as partner institution (scroll through institutions until you find UC in alphabetical order in the drop down menu);
  • Click on the orange Continue button;
  • You are then taken to the central UC login where you put in your regular UC user id and password;
  • Once in and having found the item you are searching for, click on the ‘Check Out’ button in the orange banner to read the full text.

Google Books (see also Greek and Latin Texts in Google)
National Emergency Library 
(see also Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/texts)
Vatican Library Digital Collections
Online Books Page 
(UPenn)
Online Books in Classics (Center for Hellenic Studies, DC)
De Gruyter Ebooks

Open Access Monographic Series in Classics (AWOL)

For other ebook and ejournal collections in multiple disciplines to which UC subscribes, see Databases with E-books and E-journals in alphabetical order. To access most of these ebooks and ejournals you will need to use the proxy server, see Off Campus Access

ONLINE JOURNALS

JSTOR
Project Muse
To access these journals you will need to use the proxy server, see Off Campus Access

Open Access Classics Journals (AWOL)
Open Access Classics Student Journals (AWOL)

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics
Oxford Classical Dictionary
 (3rd rev. ed.)
Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft

ONLINE TEXT EDITIONS

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Digital Scholarly Editions 
Loeb Classical Library
Loeb Classical Library 
(open access)
Oxford Classical Texts 
To access these text editions you will need to use the proxy server, see Off Campus Access

NB: You can find additional important ancient text databases and indexes in Classics under "Databases" further down on this page.

ONLINE CORPORA

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum
Corpus Medicorum Graecorum/Latinorum
Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
Inscriptiones Graecae
PHI Latin Texts
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

ONLINE INDEXES

L'Année Philologique
DYABOLA

ONLINE CATALOGS

UC Library Catalog 
WorldCat

Please also note that you can place Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for materials not owned by UC through the ILLiad system: Log on to ILLiad.  You can also place requests through OhioLink for items not owned by UC, but also for items currently checked out. 

ONLINE ABBREVIATIONS

Abbreviations for Materials in Archaeology, German Archaeological Institute. 
Abbreviations for Materials in Classical Philology
,  Oxford Classical Dictionary, 4th ed.

Note: Off Campus Access (proxy) may be needed for some of the journals below.
If you experience difficulties accessing the journals below, try inserting the URLs into this UC Proxy Entryway . If that fails, contact the Librarian (lindaura@ucmail.uc.edu). 

Open Access Classics Journals (AWOL)
Open Access Classics Student Journals (AWOL)

Acme: Annali della Facoltà di lettere e filosofia dell'Università degli studi di Milano (1948-present)
Aevum: rassegna di scienze storiche linguistiche e filologiche
 (1927-2000)
American Journal of Archaeology (1897-present)
American Journal of Philology 
(1996-present; 1880-2014)
American School of Classical Studies: Annual Reports 
(1897-present)
Analecta Bollandiana 
(1882-present)
Anatolian Studies (1951-2016; 2012-present)
Ancient West & East (2007-present)
Annual of the British School at Athens (1894- 2016;   2008-present)
Annuario della Scuola archeologica di Atene (1914-present)
Antiquité tardive (1993-present)
Antiquités africaines (2016-present)
Archaeology (1948-present)
Archaiologikon deltion (1888-1892; 1915-1923)
Archäologisch-epigraphische mitteilungen aus Österreich (1877-1897)
Archäologischer Anzeiger (2008-present)
Archiv für Papyrusforschung (1995-present)
Arheološki vestnik (1999-present)
Arethusa (1996-present)
Arion (1962-present)
Athenaeum (1913-2000)
Atti della Accademia nazionale dei Lincei (1876-77, 1907)
Atti della Pontificia Accademia romana di archeologia. Rendiconti 
(1997-present)
Babesch: Bulletin antieke beschaving 
(1994-present)
Bericht der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 
(1929-1960, 2013-2015)
Bibliothèque des Écoles Françaises d'Athènes et de Rome 
(1976-1999)
Bollettino d'arte 
(1907-2002)
Britannia 
(1970-2016)
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 
(1990-2020)
Bulletin archéologique du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques 
(1883-1970, not all issues)
Bulletin de correspondance hellénique (1877-2014, supplements are also included)
Bullettino della Commissione archeologica communale di Roma (1970-2016)
Byzantinische Zeitschrift 
(1892-1924)
Cahiers du Centre Gustave Glotz 
(1991-2014)
Chiron (1971-present)
Classical Antiquity (1982-2016;  1968-present)
Classical Bulletin (1925-present)
Classical Journal 
(1905-present)
Classical Philology (1906-2015; all issues)
Classical Quarterly (2010-present)
Classical Review (1887-2014;  2000-present)
Classical World (1957-2014;  2005-present)
Classics Ireland (1994-present)
Collection de l’Ecole Française de Rome (1965-2000)
Comptes rendus des séances - Académie des inscriptions & belles-lettres (1857-2014)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica (1971-1990)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica : Estudios griegos e indoeuropeos (1995-present)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica : Estudios latinos (2007-present)
Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Classe (1850-present)
Didaskalia (1994-present)
Dike: Rivista di storia del diritto greco ed ellenistico (2011-present)
Eidola : international journal of Classical Art History (2004-present)
Epigraphica Anatolica (2010-present)
Études Classiques (2009-present: 1932-1936)
Fasti Online -- Italy, Excavations (2004-present)
Fasti Online -- Archaeological Surveys (2013-present)
Gallia (1943-2018; 2015-present)
Gerión (2007-present)
Gnomon (1925-2014)
Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft (click on Jahrgänge, 1998-present)
Greece & Rome (
1931-2014;  2010-present)
Greek and Roman Musical Studies (2013-present)
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (2014-present)
Gymnasium (2008-present)
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology (1890-2015)
Hermes (
1866-2015); 2016-present
Hesperia (1932-present)
Hesperia. Supplements (1937-present)
Historia : Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte (
1950-2015); 2016-present
Illinois Classical Studies (1976-present)
Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum (2001-2006, 2008, 2010) 
Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes in Wien (1898-1924, 2002-2009)
Journal des Savants (1909-2015)
Journal of Hellenic Studies (
1880-2016;  2010-present)
Journal of Late Antiquity (2008-present)
Journal of Roman Archaeology (2013-present)
Journal of Roman Studies (
1911-2016;  2010-present)
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute (1939-2016)  
Karthago (not all issues, 1995-present)
Kernos (1988-present)
Klio (1901-2000; 1996-present)
Latomus (2013-present)
Leeds International Classical Studies (2002-2013)
Logeion (2011-present)
Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici (1997-present)
Mélanges d'archéologie et d'histoire (1881-1940)
Mélanges de l'Ecole française de Rome. Antiquité (1881-2009; 2010-2019)
Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (1915-2017)
Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome: Supplements (2002-2017)
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1905-2016)
Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Abteilung (1876-1925)
Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Römische Abteilung (1887-1908)
Mnemosyne (1948-present; 
1852-2016)
Museum helveticum (1944-present)
Nestor (2003-present)
New England Classical Journal (2015-present)
New Voices in Classical Reception Studies (2006-present)
Notizie degli scavi di antichità (1876-1930, not all issues)
Numen (1954-2016)
Opuscula romana (2008-present)
Orizzonti : rassegna di archeologia (2000-present)
Papers of the British School at Rome (2011-present, not 2018)
Philologus (1995-present)
Phoenix (1946-present)
Phronesis (1955-2016)
Poiesis : bibliografia della poesia greca (2001-2014, not 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Ramus (2012-present)
Renaissance News (1948-1966)
Renaissance Quarterly (
1967-2016)
Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, Classe di scienze morali, storiche e filologiche (1892-present)
Revue archéologique (1944-2016)
Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes (2001-2017)
Revue des études anciennes (1899-2003)
Revue des études grecques (1888-2016)
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (1832-2016)
Rivista di filologia e di istruzione classica (1873-2000)
Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni (1925-1976)
Studia Humaniora Tartuensia (2000-2013)
Symbolae osloenses (1922-present)
Syria (1920-2014) 
Tekmēria (1995-2018, not all issues)
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association (1869-1896)
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association (1897-1972)
Transactions of the American Philological Association (
1974-2014;  2000-present)
Tyche (1986-present)
Vigiliae Christianae (1947-2016)
Wiener Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte (2017-present)
Wiener Studien (2004-present)
Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1967-present)

l'Annee Philologique, Classics database

Note: Off Campus Access may be needed for some of the resources below.
If you experience difficulties accessing the databases below, try inserting the URLs into this UC Proxy Entryway . If that fails, contact the Librarian (lindaura@ucmail.uc.edu).

Acta Sanctorum
Année Philologique 
Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
Brill's Companions 
Brill's New Jacoby
Brill's New Pauly
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Corpus Medicorum Graecorum/Latinorum
Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
DYABOLA
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics
Gnomon
Google Books
Griechischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten Jahrhunderte (GCS)
HathiTrust 
(temp. access to UC print coll., see below)
JSTOR
Itinera Electronica
Loeb Classical Library
National Emergency Library
(see also Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/texts)
Nestor
Open Greek & Latin 
(see also, First 1000 Years of Greek) 
Oxford Bibliographies
Oxford Classical Texts
Oxford Handbooks
Patrologia Graeca
Patrologia Latina
Perseus Digital Library
PHI Latin Texts
Project Muse
Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
Tesserae (Greek and Latin)
Wiley-Blackwell Companions
Zenon DAI

HathiTrust  HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

UC users may access ebooks which UCL owns in print and which are part of the HathiTrust digital collection. To access this temporary service:

  • Log in through the VPN;
  • Go to www.hathitrust.org;
  • Click on the yellow ‘Log In’ button in the top right;
  • Select ‘University of Cincinnati’ as partner institution (scroll through institutions until you find UC in alphabetical order in the drop down menu);
  • Click on the orange Continue button;
  • You are then taken to the central UC login where you put in your regular UC user id and password;
  • Once in and having found the item you are searching for, click on the ‘Check Out’ button in the orange banner to read the full text.
Brill's Greek lexicon

English-Greek (Ancient, Woodhouse)
French
German
Greek (Ancient)
Greek (Ancient, Brill)
Greek (Modern)
Italian
Latin (TLL)
Latin
Russian
Spanish

UC Library Catalog

UC Library Catalog (Books+) (use this advanced search module for the easiest and most focused way to locate materials in the Classics Library)
OhioLINK 
Interlibrary Loan (ILLIAD) 
WorldCat (catalog of libraries worldwide)
Pay Library Fines
My Library Record
Off Campus Access
Catalyst
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Guides & Tutorials

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These guides offer lists of print and electronic resources, information on how to search several of the databases, and strategies to use when doing research in the UC Classics Library. You can also contact the Classics Librarian for direct help with: Identifying and locating sources, defining your topic, and developing search strategies. Rebecka Lindau lindaura@ucmail.uc.edu

Classical Studies: Sources
Useful Links in Classics
Research Strategies in Classics 



Tytus Fellows

Academic Year 2019-2020

  • Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (University of Heidelberg, Germany) - A Minoan heterotopia in Egypt(?). On the toreador frescoes at Tell el-Dab‘a.
  • Giada Giudice (University of Catania, Italy) - Attic Figured Pottery from the Votive Deposit of Mannella in Locri Epizefiri Persephoneion.
  • Richard Fernando Buxton (Colorado College) - The Hoplite Class as a Complex Category in Greek Thought.
  • Kenneth Sheedy (Macquarie University) - “A spring of silver, a treasury in the earth”: coinage and wealth in archaic Athens.
  • Sandra Šćepanović (University of Belgrade, Serbia) - Empedocles on time and eternity: a contextual and historical analysis of expressions, imagery, and philosophical significance. 
  • Constantinos Paschalidis (National Archaeology Museum, Athens) - Shaft Graves IV and V in Grave Circle A at Mycenae: The burials, the individual groups of objects and the case of the ‘Prince with the Battle Krater’.

The fact that the Classics Library remained open in late summer and fall made it possible for me to prepare my fall seminar and update bibliography for two publications. I have also been asked by colleagues from other institutions to look up things for them. I think no other library in the U.S. managed to keep the stacks open. Thanks to the whole team for this unique effort!

Daniel Markovich, UC Associate Professor of Classics


UC Library News

Classics Library: Student Assistant Positions Available — Apply Now!

The John Miller Burnam Classics Library is looking to hire energetic, hard-working, and responsible student assistants. The UC Classics Library is the premier classics library in the country thanks to its world-class collections and it is a destination library for national and international students and scholars. We are seeking highly motivated student workers for immediate […]


I cannot adequately thank the library staff of the Burnam Classics Library for keeping the resources of the library as accessible as possible during the pandemic. While the university was closed entirely, they expanded our access to online publications; when it (partially) reopened they arranged access to the stacks, and they have continued to process new books and journals as they become available. It is a magnificent library whose staff are outstandingly helpful in a normal year, and I am deeply grateful for their added efforts in this most unusual year.

Carol Hershenson, Editor, Nestor; Curator, Classics Study Collection


Statue of the Roman god Mercury

News from the world of classics

Requiescant In Pace

Elizabeth French, Mycenaean archaeologist and the first female director of the BSA, daughter of Alan Wace and goddaughter of Carl Blegen, dies on June 10, 2021.

William Donovan, UC classics alumnus, Mycenaean archaeologist and the last living member of the Blegen team at Pylos, and professor emeritus of classics at Macalester College, dies on June 4, 2021.


Hours

  • Regular Hours beginning May 3:
    •  Physical stacks access is available for UC Classics faculty, graduate students and Tytus Fellows Monday-Thursday, 1-5pm.
  • Closed Monday, May 31 and Monday, July 5
  • The Click & Collect request and retrieval service is available for all other users. Requests made through the Library Catalog for Classics Library items by Wednesdays before 9am will be available for pick up inside the door to the Classics Library on Thursdays 2-5pm.
  • All UC Students must display a ‘Green’ pass to security guards on the UC COVID Check App. Faculty, staff and visitors may also use the UC COVID Check App in order to secure a green pass or will be asked screening questions to gain entry to all locations.  
  • For more information on the UC COVID app, please visit https://www.uc.edu/publichealth/return-to-campus-guide/covid-check-app.html

Contact and Address

Rare Book and Manuscript Room

The John Miller Burnam Classics Library
University of Cincinnati
417 Blegen Library 
2540 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0191
U.S.A.
(001) 513-556-1315
classicslibrary@ucmail.uc.edu

Ψυχῆς ἰατρεῖον -- A place of healing of the soul.

Anonymous, Library of Alexandria