This subject guide is an introduction to the resources the Duke Libraries hold in Classical Studies. It emphasizes two related and overlapping areas. The first is reference books that may be consulted for thumbnail sketches of a topic in Classics, fact- and date-checking, and orientations to a research topic that is new to you. For these tasks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases will probably be of most use. The second is introductory sources for beginning larger-scale research projects on Classical topics. Bibliographies, on-line and in print, are emphasized, as are more detailed sources for tracking down obscure references to minor historical personages, places, works of art, literary characters, etc.
Resources are organized into loose categories. A series of general references for all of Classical Studies is followed by more specific resources for specialized areas such as history, literature, and art and archaeology. Suggested subject headings can be used to search the library's online catalog for more books on the topic. Full bibliographic citations of recommended works are followed by a link to the catalog (or a link to an online resource), and a brief annotation.
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