Current Classics News
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities
- Vexillum: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies
- Parilia: An Undergraduate Research Conference in Classics, April 22, 2011, at Hamilton College. Bringing together students from Colgate, Hamilton, Skidmore, and Union: please contact me if you are interested in presenting a paper!
- The Harvard Classical Club's journal Persephone has a more literary focus (translations, essays, artwork, original literary works)
- You can submit work in ancient philosophy to Union's Ephemeris, Stanford's Dualist, Rutgers Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, or another undergraduate philosophy journal.
- Plato's Symposium: The Movie; Target Margin Theater, which has made Symposium (and "Aristotle's Poetics and the essays of Gerald F. Else"!) into plays (NYT story); performances of the Apology of Socrates in English or Greek
- The plague at Athens made famous by Book II of Thucydides has been identified as typhoid fever (some criticism in Robert Littman's Amphora article; a smattering of information about typhoid:   )
- Christopher Logue's remarkable work on the Iliad continues: Guardian review, Independent interview, Amazon page
- New & entire Sappho poem: TLS article by M.L. West, plus Greek text, commentary by William Annis (PDF)
Online Ancient Texts etc.
- Perseus: the mother lode, with links to lexica, grammars, and commentaries—check here first
- Noctes Gallicanae (from Greek Lyric to Pompeian Graffiti)
- The Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum is very helpful in locating online Latin texts and translations.
- IntraText is a good Latin text collection, with concordance features
- LATO attempts to index online Greek texts.
- Bibliotheca Augustana
- The Latin Library
- Greek and Latin anthologies with German translations (E. Gottwein; useful for, e.g., Alcman, Presocratics)
- Robot Wisdom's directory
- The Chicago Homer
- Quick bilingual editions of Herodotus, Ap. Rhod., Tacitus, Lucian, Vera Historia
- Quick bilingual edition of Strabo 6-14 inter alia at SoLTDM
- Penn's Vergil Project
- Presocratics etc.
- French bilingual stuff: Remacle, Juxta (19th c. copiously glossed Hachette bilingual editions)
- The Little Sailing
- Collection Medic@ (including Hippocrates ed. Littré vol.
- Corpus grammaticorum latinorum
- Beginning and intermediate readings with helps by C. Luschnig and D. Mitchell
- Elpenor anthology and community
- Greek Lyric (William Annis's collection at aoidoi.org; cf. Chad Bochan's page)
- Some Latin and Greek at the Oxford Text Archive
- Reading Euclid in Greek (English, with commentary and Java diagrams); Greek text in HTML, PDF, PDF; Greek-English, with lexicon
- The Divine Sappho
- Anthologia Graeca I-VI
- Holt Parker has "annotated" some texts with botanical (or zoological) illustration: Virgil, Georgics (complete), Aristophanes, Acharnians 874-880
- Poeta ex machina: Latin poetry reciting engine
- New ancient texts from papyri: Posidippus Epigrams and Empedocles and Philodemus
- Scholia D and other Homerica (PDF) at Helmut van Thiel's page
- Lacus Curtius (Roman gazetteer, primary and secondary texts)
- Augustine's Confessions with James O'Donnell's Commentary
- Greek New Testament: handy one, with more accurate parsing, MSS readings, and concordances (further resources:
other early Christian literature,
inter alia, at ccel.org
(incl. Greek and English;
more in English: WCAT, ECW)
- Migne's Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latina, transcribed
- Some medieval Latin from Augustine to Grosseteste (cf. Rand Johnson's Texts and Notes); Original-langauge texts in Neoplatonism and Medieval philosophy; and for Neo-Latin, try Umberto La Torraca's resources (part one, part two) and Dana Sutton's bibliography.
Inscriptions, Palaeography, Papyri, Coins
- Greek and Latin inscriptions: directories from ASGLE (main links page) and Fonti epigrafiche, to which add EAGLE
- A wealth of Greek inscriptions, organized geographically, is made available by the Packard Humanities Institute, including most major corpora, and even publications scattered across the journals.
- CLAROS: Concordance of Greek Inscriptions
- Attic Inscriptions from OSU's Epigraphy Center and Oxford's Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents
- An XML-based edition of inscriptions: Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity; and now there is also an impressive online collection of Eleusinian inscriptions
- Greek palaeography:
3, 4 (Mod. Gk. 1, 2)
- Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Mansuscripts
- Greek papyri: APIS and its partner institutions
- Collections of Roman inscriptions from Manfred Clauss, the CIL II2 team, ILS and more (Jürgen Malitz), Bill Thayer, Navarra [Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions: Cappelli, Cappelli, Elliott]
- For ancient coinage, see these links, NumisWiki.
Online Language Tools
Tools at Perseus (list)
- Download P.J. Heslin's Diognes to use the lexica and parsers offline.
- Better searches of the Perseus collection may be possible using PhiloLogic
- Lookup Tool (use the SELECT button to limit the texts or authors whose English translations you are searching: this can provide a valuable index of Greek or Latin idiomatic usage)
- Search the lexica (LSJ, Lewis & Short; special online features include data on word frequencies and word collocations)
- Generate vocabulary lists for a given text in Greek or Latin. The ability to specify within a work ranges from none to coarse (all Pindar's Pythians) to fine (a single chapter of the Ath. Pol. or Theophrastus' Characters).
- Secondary sources from Slater's Pindar Lexicon to such standard commentaries as Jebb's Sophocles.
(Mostly Greek) Language Learning and Drills
- Greek audio: Stefan Hagel, Alan Shaw, Avery Andrews; A.P. David's Homer, ARLT, SORGL, Haverford podcasts, New Testament,
Chris Brunelle, Yale papyrus, Nagy, Iliad
- Learn Greek particles by way of this humorous dialogue!
- Helma Dik's handouts
- The forms of luô on a mousepad or coffeecup
- Ariadne: Material to supplement Athenaze
- Gwen Compton-Engle's Web Exercises to accompany Anne Groton's From Alpha to Omega
- Donald Mastronarde's drills
- Extra materials for Luschnig's textbook
- Eton College drills
- Greek penmanship tips
- Anne Mahoney's Latin and Greek handouts
- Mostly Latin learning resources at VRoma
- More Latin teaching materials at St. Louis University, including Acceleration Readers (syntactically segmented texts, bilingual Sallust BC)
- William Carey's Latin handouts, including annotated texts of several authors
- From the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), itinera, hodoi, helios
Mac supplements for Reading Greek and Cambridge Latin Course
The Classics Profession
- L'Année philologique: the queen of all classical bibliographies
- Academic Search Premier from EBSCO not only finds references but often gives you the article in PDF (GRBS, CA, Mnemosyne, Phronesis, AJP, JHS, JRS, CP, CQ, generally only recent years)
- FirstSearch: the OCLC's WorldCat database indexes library holdings throughout the world (and also, like EBSCO, offers access to many electronic journals and collections)
- The Philosopher's Index (list of journals)
- From Project Muse: Current issues of AJP, TAPA, and Arethusa
- From Cambridge: CQ, CR, and Greece & Rome
- From JSTOR: the last 100 years of AJP, CP, CQ, CR, HSCP, JHS, JRS, TAPA et al.
- PCI (e.g. older issues of GRBS, Mnemosyne)
- Some other titles (e.g. Polis) at Ingenta
- Synoptic directories of online journals: APA, UCLA, Regensburg (A-I, J-Z), and for history journals Blaschke's directory
- EBSCO and FirstSearch (see Bibliographic Tools)
Online Scholarly Books
- Ebook seeking: pearls of wisdom from searchlores.org
- Start at Penn's Online Books Page: PA, DF, DG
- Google Book Search stores and searches scanned books. It can seem a bit of a mess in comparison to a proper library catalog (try finding something in the vols. of Migne's Patrologia without help), which is why I'm toying with developing my own directory, but there are some incredible books there from Michigan, the Bodleian, Harvard, and Stanford. You can restrict U. Mich. library catalog searches to electronic resources. And now bless Harvard for the “Digital Resources” tab at and HOLLIS!
- Amazon also searches many scanned books (Oxford and Cambridge titles are often worth checking). For example, compare "Xenophontine" at a9 and google.
- Google Scholar searches journals (and now MS offers academic.live.com).
- Classics titles among the U.C. Press eScholarship Editions: from The Power of Thetis to Virgil's Epic Technique to Stephen Miller's guide to Nemea
- Gregory Nagy's The Best of the Achaeans and Pindar's Homer from Johns Hopkins UP
- Bundy, Studia Pindarica
- Many nifty books at the Stoa: from the collaborative Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy to Nicholas Cahill's Household and City Organization at Olynthus to Nagy's Homeric Questions to other historical, archaeological, and translation projects (e.g. Philogelos' Jokes)
- Margherita Isnardi Parente's updated commentary on Speusippus and Xenocrates
By Subscription (sort of)
- netLibrary. If you connect once through a subscribing institution's network, you can set up a user account allowing access through any internet connection.
Commentaries and Author Tools
Unicode Greek Fonts and Keyboards
- Handy converters: From other Greek fonts to Unicode, From cut and pasted Unicode text to HTML character codes
- Unicode background and lore: Patrick Rourke, Alan Wood, Nick Nicholas, E. Gottwein, Wikipedia
- Links to fonts: polytoniko.org, TLG, Greek Font Archive, Alan Wood, Wazu, Peter Gainsford
- Free fonts for general use. Too many are disqualified by bugs and the lack of passable Roman italics. Victor Gaultney's Gentium is definitely the font of choice for screen display (e.g. web browsing; in MSIE be sure to turn on ClearType); it's very well-designed, attractive, and legible, suited to any use. Gentium is not, however, a classic book-font like Garamond or Times: traditionalists may find it a bit too precious. An excellent free traditional font is Alexey Kryukov's Old Standard; the Greek is inspired by Didot (the Greek italics by Teubner editions). SBL BibLit may be a contender when it is released. These days, you may not need to go searching, if you like Times: Microsoft's Times New Roman and Mac Times (from 10.4) now support Greek Extended (though Greek italics are buggy).
- Free fonts for special uses. If you use the TLG a lot and need a font that has encoded all the asterisms, lemnisci, and coronides (cf. here), try the very Cantabrigian New Athena Unicode, or Cardo, or IFAO grec unicode. Other fonts worth knowing about: Theano Old Style and Theano Didot, SBL Greek, Junicode and Alexander etc., Porson, Greek Font Society, Computer Modern Unicode fonts. Note that some recent fonts are available in OpenType only; these are unfortunately useless unless you use MS Word 2003 or newer in Windows (cf. Mellel for OS X).
- Commercial fonts. Adobe's Garamond Premier Pro (warning: true to its 16th c. French inspiration, diacritics are not used on capital letters [update?]) and Arno Pro meet the highest standards (if you look past too-heavy boldface and miniaturized circumflex-breathing combinations) and are worth seeking out. Also Ralph Hancock's Vusillus Old Face (italics free).
- Unicode Keyboards for Windows: Manuel Lopez (best solution for XP [free] and Vista [requires non-free Keyman 7 Light]), Ralph Hancock's Antioch (as far as I know the best choice for Windows 9x), SIL directory, MultiKey (Stefan Hagel), Microsoft's Keyboard (1, 2, 3), Sibylla (perhaps the only free utility for Vista, but it doesn't seem to work)
- If you can't use Unicode on your Windows/Word setup, try my older method.
- For OS X: MS Word did not support Unicode until Office 2004, and GreekKeys has had a near-monopoly. GreekKeys Unicode Input is no longer free (shame!), but there are alternatives
- For OpenOffice/Linux: Thessalonica