Classics Library Picture Gallery

Blegen Library

The Blegen Library building was named after distinguished classical archaeologist Carl W. Blegen, UC professor of Classics, 1927-1957. 

Classics Library

The John Miller Burnam Classics Library is housed in the Blegen Library building. The virtuous ancient Roman military leader Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus (c. 519–c. 430 BCE) guards the door to the Library.

Portrait of John Miller Burnam

Portrait of Latin palaeographer and Chair of the Classics Department, 1900-1921, John Miller Burnam. In the portrait he is holding the copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead on display in the case below, which houses parts of his private library.

Video link:

The life and works of Greek comedy playwright Aristophanes was celebrated in the Reading Room with a lecture and performance of his play Lysistrata, accompanied by music, followed by a reception of Greek foods, March 2019. 

Lecture on Aristophanes by Susan Prince, Classics Department

Susan Prince, UC Associate Professor of Classics, gave a lecture on Aristophanes.

Brant Russell directing students in play

Assistant Professor Brant Russell, CCM, directs graduate students from Classics and CCM in a performance of Lysistrata by Aristophanes.

musicians at Aristophanes event

Ancient Greek "Dionysian" music performed by graduate students from CCM under the direction of oboist Yo Shionoya at the performance of Lysistrata.

Greek god Dionysus welcomes guests at Aristophanes event

The ancient Greek god of theater and wine welcomes the guests at the Aristophanes event.

The ancient Greek god of theater and wine welcomes the guests at the Aristophanes event.

Video link:

The 2000-year anniversary of the Roman poet Ovid's death was celebrated in the Reading Room with a lecture on his life, readings from his poem, the Metamorphoses, in Latin and English translation by English poet Ted Hughes, and a performance of Benjamin Britten's Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, followed by a reception of ancient Roman vegan foods that could have been eaten by Ovid and his contemporaries, March 2018. 

Bridget Langley giving a talk on Ovid

Bridget Langley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, gave a lecture on the life and work of ancient Roman poet Ovid.

Colin Shelton reads from Ovid

Colin Shelton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, gave a reading in Latin and English translation by Ted Hughes from the Metamorphoses.

Ancient Roman candy at the Ovid event

The guests at the Ovid event were treated to “ancient Roman” candy, the so called Confetti di Sulmona, from Ovid’s hometown of ancient Sulmo, present-day Sulmona, in the province of Abruzzo, Italy.

Exhibit on the works of Roman poet Ovid

The Reading Room features book and artifact exhibitions and text editions highlighting some of the rich collections of UC Classics. This display features an exhibit of rare editions of the works of Ovid.

Display of Books of Hours and Breviaries

The Classics Library owns several books on so called "Breviaries" and "Books of Hours," as well as other Christian medieval texts, but also manuscript facsimiles of biblical texts and original illuminated medieval manuscript leaves.  

Exhibit on the works of Greek playwright Aristophanes

Exhibit of rare editions of the plays of Aristophanes.

Video link:

Professor Artemis Leontis, University of Muchigan, gave a talk on her archival research to learn about the life of Eva Palmer-Sikelianos (1874–1952) and her correspondence with Natalie Clifford Barney in the Reading Room, October 2018. 

Graduate student with elephant folio

Graduate student Angelica Wisenbarger with one of the Classics Library's huge books, a so called elephant folio.

Rare Book  Room

The Classics Library's Rare Book and Manuscript Room. To consult items in this room,  check the Library's catalog and request the item(s) at the Circulation desk. Library staff will retrieve the item(s) for use in the Circulation area, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, M-F. 

Jack Davis, Chairs of the Classics Department, is excavating the Palace of Nestor with Nestor, the Cat

Jack Davis, Chair of the UC Classics Department and world-renowned archaeologist, is excavating the Palace of Nestor at Pylos together with Nestor, the feline archaeologist, almost as famous.

Apollo, the Mouse God

Apollo Smintheus, the Mouse God. 

animals in antiquity, feline

Exhibit on animals in ancient and medieval times in the Reading Room.

Exhibit on Animals in Antiquity

Poster exhibition on Animals in Antiquity, curated by the Classics Library, spring 2019.

Cat studying Latin

Roman feline philologist Glyka is busy looking up the word cattus in the Oxford Latin Dictionary.

cat at excavation

After gathering finds excavated from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement Çatalhöyük in Southern Anatolia (in modern Turkey), this feline archaeologist decides to take a nap on top of the latest discoveries. Many UC archaeologists have worked at this site.

Cat on pottery

Not solving the Gordion Knot. Instead this feline archaeologist is quite exhausted from the painstaking work of examining pottery sherds for dating and other purposes. Phrygian Gordion in modern Turkey is being excavated by the now former chair of the UC Classics Department, Brian Rose.

cat at theater in Ephesus

The great temple of the ancient Greek goddess Artemis was located at Ephesus in modern Turkey. She was the goddess of all life. Here is one of her animal companions/stand-ins at the amphitheatre in Ephesus surveying her domain.

Water fountain with Aldus emblem

Aldus Manutius (c. 1450-1515) was one of the most important publishers of ancient texts in the early days of printing. His press used as its printer's device a dolphin around an anchor. Here on a water fountain outside the Classics Library and Department in the Blegen building.

no smoking sign

Smoking is strictly forbidden in the stacks (actually the entire UC campus is smoke free!).

ghost for Halloween

Halloween in the Classics Library.

Student worker processing books

Student worker Kathleen Johnson processing new books at the Circulation desk.

Student worker moving shelves

Shifting books and shelves in the Reference section.

Carrying a book cart

Carrying book carts to the mezzanine to begin the shifting of reference books to the floor below.

Cleaning book shelves

Student workers busy cleaning the shelves to make room for the reference collection being moved from the mezzanine.

Interim student worker supervisor

The interim student worker supervisor and stacks manager, Yo Shionoya, focusing on scheduling and budgeting student workers.

A stack floor

The Classics Library’s stacks floors house almost 300,000 print volumes in Classical Studies, including Philology, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Law, Medicine, Philosophy and more.