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John Miller Burnam Classics 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 UC Classics Library's acquisitions know no geographic or linguistic borders. As many as 87 foreign languages are represented; 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. The UC Classics Library aims to transcend disciplinary, institutional and national boundaries through cooperation and an open mind towards diverse global communities and realities by fostering an environment which advances discovery, scholarship and learning.


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 
Google Books (see also Greek and Latin Texts in Google)
Internet Archive
Vatican Library Digital Collections
Online Books Page 
(UPenn)
Online Books in Classics (Center for Hellenic Studies, DC)
De Gruyter Ebooks
Gallica
Internet Culturale: Cataloghi e collezioni digitali delle biblioteche Italiane/Biblioteca Digitale Italiana
Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke

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. 

ONLINE JOURNALS

JSTOR
Project Muse

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.)
Oxford Classical Dictionary (5th ed.)
Oxford Reference Shelf (Who's Who in the Classical WorldDictionary Plus Classical Studies, Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture, Oxford Classical Dictionary (4th and 5th eds.), Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2nd ed.), Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3rd ed.), Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World, Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, Oxford Pocket Latin Dictionary (3rd ed.)  
Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft

ONLINE TEXT EDITIONS

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
Digital Scholarly Editions 
Loeb Classical Library
Loeb Classical Library 
(open access)
Oxford Classical Texts

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 PAPERS

Academia.edu
Google Scholar
Internet Archive Scholar (BETA version)

ONLINE ABBREVIATIONS

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

 

UC Proxy Entryway

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; 1880-2015)
American School of Classical Studies: Annual Reports 
(1897-present)
Analecta Bollandiana 
(1882-present)
Anatolian Studies (1951-2017)
Ancient West & East (2007-present)
Annual of the British School at Athens (1894- 2017;   2010-present)
Annuario della Scuola archeologica di Atene (1914-present)
Antiquité tardive (1993-present)
Antiquités africaines (2016-present)
Archaeology (1948-2018)
Archaiologikon deltion (1888-1892; 1915-1925)
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 (1813, 1867-77, 1901, 1907)
Atti della Pontificia Accademia romana di archeologia. Rendiconti 
(1997-present)
Babesch: Bulletin antieke beschaving 
(1994-present)
Bericht der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 
(1930-1960, 2013-2016)
Bibliothèque des Écoles Françaises d'Athènes et de Rome 
(1973-1999)
Bollettino d'arte 
(1907-1920, 1948-1968, 1972-2002)
Britannia 
(1970-2017)
Bryn Mawr Classical Review 
(1990-2020)
Bulletin archéologique du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques 
(1883-1929, 1930, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1950)
Bulletin de correspondance hellénique (1887-2014, supplements are also included)
Bullettino della Commissione archeologica communale di Roma (1970-2016)
Byzantinische Zeitschrift 
(1892-1925)
Cahiers du Centre Gustave Glotz 
(1991-2015)
Chiron (1971-present)
Classical Antiquity (1982-2017;  2001-present)
Classical Bulletin (1925-present)
Classical Journal 
(1905-present)
Classical Philology (1906-2015; 2003-present)
Classical Quarterly (2001-present)
Classical Review (1887-2015;  1998-present)
Classical World (1957-2015;  2005-present)
Classics Ireland (1994-present)
Collection de l’Ecole Française de Rome (1965-2000)
Comptes rendus des séances - Académie des inscriptions & belles-lettres (1857-2015)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica (1971-1990)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica : Estudios griegos e indoeuropeos (1997-present)
Cuadernos de Filología Clásica : Estudios latinos (2008-present)
Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Classe (1850-1919)
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 (1943-2019; 2015-present)
Gerión (1983-present)
Gnomon (1925-2015)
Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft (click on Jahrgänge, 1998-present)
Greece & Rome (
1931-2015;  2001-present)
Greek and Roman Musical Studies (2013-present)
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (1958-present)
Gymnasium (2010-present)
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology (1890-2017)
Hermes (
1866-2016); 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-present) 
Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes in Wien (1898-1924, 2002-2009)
Journal des Savants (1909-2016)
Journal of Hellenic Studies (
1880-2017;  2007-present)
Journal of Late Antiquity (2008-present)
Journal of Roman Archaeology (2013-present)
Journal of Roman Studies (
1911-2017;  2005-present)
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institute (1939-2017)  
Karthago (1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Kernos (1988-present)
Klio (1901-2000; 1995-present)
Latomus (2013-present)
Leeds International Classical Studies (2002-2013)
Logeion (2011-present)
Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici (2003-present)
Mélanges d'archéologie et d'histoire (1881-1916, 1918, 1920, 1923-1929, 1931-1934, 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 (1905-2017)
Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Athenische Abteilung (1876-1925)
Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Römische Abteilung (1887-1908)
Mnemosyne (1948-present; 
1852-2017)
Museum helveticum (1944-present)
Nestor (1995-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 (1954-2017)
Opuscula romana (2008-present)
Orizzonti : rassegna di archeologia (2002-present)
Papers of the British School at Rome (2011-present, not 2018)
Philologus (1995-present)
Phoenix (1946-present)
Phronesis (1955-20176)
Poiesis : bibliografia della poesia greca (2003-2005, 2008-2016)
Ramus (2012-present)
Renaissance News (1948-1966)
Renaissance Quarterly (
1967-2017)
Rendiconti della Reale Accademia dei Lincei, Classe di scienze morali, storiche e filologiche (1892-1920)
Revue archéologique (1944-2017)
Revue de philologie, de littérature et d'histoire anciennes (2001-2015)
Revue des études anciennes (1899-2003)
Revue des études grecques (1888-2017)
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie (1832-2017)
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 (1920-2015) 
Tekmēria (1995-present)
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 (1947-2017)
Wiener Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte (2019-present)
Wiener Studien (2004-present)
Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1967-2017)

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
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
Introduction to Library Research in the Burnam Classics Library (for graduate students, video)
Research Strategies in Classics  (for undergraduate students, text + video) 


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


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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


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