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European History

Primary and Reference Resources in Ancient European History

These resources will lead you to texts, images, and reference sources on the ancient world.  Some are paid resources to which the libraries subscibe and require authentification off campus with Claremont Colleges ID.

Primary Sources in Library Catalogs

Primary sources of all types can also be found in our regular, circulating books, in special collections, and beyond.  Here are few ways to find primary texts and sources by using our own Library Search.
1. Use the author search  to find books we have by a particular author, politician, journalist or another type of historical witness
2.  Do an advanced keyword search in The Library Search and then limit by publication year under “limit your search”) (note:  you can also limit by language and many other ways)
3. . Do an advanced keyword in Library Search and then limit to the word  "sources" in the subject field (by using the dropdown menu), for example:

"ancient greece and medicine" in the keyword field

"sources" in the subject field. 
(this brings us the Library of Congress Subject subheading “sources” which is sometimes used to designate primary source collections of different kinds — as in:
A  rich source of primary materials is Honnold/Mudd Special Collections  and its librarians.  

Reference Resources in Ancient History

Greek English Lexicon  Part of The Perseus Digital Library.


Civilizations of the Ancient Near East  Hon Ref/ DS 57 C55 1995 (volumes 1-4)


The Oxford Encylopedia of the Ancient Near East  Hon Ref/DS 56 o9 1997 (volumes 1-5)

Brill's New Pauly Encylopedia of the Ancient World: Antiquity (Hon Ref/ DE5 N4813 2002, volumes 1-14) and Brill's New Pauly Enyclopedia of the Ancient World: Classical Traidtion (Hon Ref/ DE5 P33213 2006, volumes 1-4) are the English editions of one of the most important reference works in Ancient History  The German version, Der Neue Pauly Enzyklopadie der Antike, can be found at Non Ref/ DE5 N48 1996 (volumes 1-16).

In addition to the many chronolgies that can be found on the internet, one might consult Brill's New Pauly Chronolgies of the Ancient World: Names, Dates and Dynasties, Hon Ref/DE5 N48136 2007, and the Chronology of the Ancient World by E.J. Bickerman, Hon Ref/ D 54.5 B5 1980.

There are also many historical atlases including The Atlas of the Greek and Roman World in Antiquity, Hon Ref/ G 1033 A84 1981, and The Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East, Hon Fef/DS 69.5 R63 1990.