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How to Find Ancient Literature

Excerpt from Ancient History From Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn

(pages 17-18)

Where can we find the texts for classical Greek and Latin literature?

1. Compact Disks

There are several compact disks which contain ancient literature in English translation:

a. Primary Literary Sources for Ancient History (the DVD which accompanies this book.)
b. The B & R Samizdat Express Classical Literature on CD. This company also produces compact disks of other literature as well.
c. Christian Classics Ethereal Library – 300 classic Christian books and the complete early church fathers on CD.
d. Perseus 4.0 – Thirty-one Greek authors on CD.

2. Online Sources

Websites for English translations of the classics:

The Internet Classics Archive by Daniel C. Stevenson – Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive – an integrated collection of over 1000 biographies and historical articles of a mathematical nature.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall – collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly for educational use. Includes ancient, medieval, and modern history.

The Perseus Digital Library – Greek and Latin classics.

The Internet Public Library – numerous online texts.

The On-Line Books Page – search their 25,000+ listings.

EServer – publishes online quality works (35,000 of them) in arts and humanities.

History Central Catalog

Classic Christian books, including all the Church Fathers, in electronic format.

Project Gutenberg — 100,000 titles available.

Athena – nearly 10,000 links to books on all subjects.

Early Christian Writings — All of early Christianity – New Testament and Fathers.

3. Large public, college, or university libraries

a. In libraries with the Library of Congress numbers, Greek and Latin literature can be found from PA 3301 to the end of the PA’s.
b. The Loeb Classical Library is a series of volumes which include the text of classical authors in the original language along with an English translation.

4. Purchase from catalogs

Besides the ordinary book catalogs which may provide many of the literary sources, some catalogs have a special focus on classical and historical materials.

a. American Home-School Publishing
b. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
c. Veritas Press

2 Responses to “How to Find Ancient Literature”

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  2. Roger Pearse Says:

    You might be interested in my own collection of patristic and pagan texts not included in any of the above collections. I do a CD of it as well, also including the 38 volume Fathers collection.

    http://www.tertullian.org/fathers