CLAS 4040/6040: Archaeology of the Hellenistic World

Getting Started

The following are good for background or to flesh out a topic you encounter in your readings:

  • Oxford Classical Dictionary Main Reference DE5 .O9 2003 and Alexander Room
    An up-to-date, one-volume reference work with short definitions and bibliography on almost any topic you can think of.
  • Cambridge Ancient History Main Library 4th Floor D57 .C178 (2nd ed.) and D57 .C252 (3rd ed.) and Alexander Room.
    This multi-volume set of comprehensive historical essays, with bibliography, can be dated (check your publication date - volumes vary significantly). That said, it's still the best thing going for a starting place on many topics.  Includes the Ancient Near East and covers down to Justinian.
  • Brill's New Pauly/Brill's Neue Pauly German, Main Reference DE5 .N48 1996 English, Alexander Room.
    Same content, two language options. Up-to-date, authoritative encyclopedia of the ancient world, with a focus on Greco-Roman antiquity and its long and influential aftermath.
Especially useful for Hellenistic Archaeology may be:
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites.  Main Reference and 3rd floor DE59 .P7.  Available online at Perseus. The place to start for bibliography on any classical archaeological site, up to the date of publication (1974).
  • Oxford Art Online (formerly Grove Art Online)
    An art encyclopedia, including both articles (with scholarly bibliographies and signed, by scholars) and images.  Has good coverage of major classical works, artists, and sites.
  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC).  Main Reference NX650 .M9 L40.
    Look up a mythical individual and find all ancient references, a modern bibliography, and a catalog of illustrations (reproduced in the plates volume) of the myth in ancient art.

Finding Books

GIL-Find: Books we own at UGA.  If a book is checked out, you can 'recall' it - you will get it in about a week.

Useful Bibliography:
Ancient World Open Bibliographies Wiki

A wiki (and associated blog) collecting open-access scholarly bibliographies on ancient studies topics.
A Hellenistic Bibliography

Bibliographies largely focused on post-classical Greek poetry and its influence.  Also includes bibliography on the history of the period.

Ancient Texts Online:
Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)

Full-text (keyword searchable) of major classical texts in English, Latin, and Greek, as well as some digitzed versions of older secondary works and an art & archaeological Gazetteer.

Finding Articles

From a Citation
Use the Journal Locator:

  • Enter the journal's title (don't bother to fill out the whole form)
  • A pop-up will link to online full-text (if available) and provide a link to search GIL to see if we have the print journal.
  • If we don't have it at all, fill out an Interlibrary Loan request and get the article delivered.

Searching for Articles
Use keywords:

  • Brainstorm keywords based on your topic. Think of synonyms, and pull words from your readings.  Background reading in scholarly sources can help you identify useful terms.
  • Combine keywords to narrow results using "and" (i.e. "seleucia and coinage") or broaden results using "or" (i.e. "farming or agriculture" ).
  • Experiment with multiple keywords - it may take some time and creativity to find the right words and combinations for your topic.

Where to Search for Articles

Full-text journal articles from selected sources (mostly American and in English), with good coverage for Classics and excellent historical coverage (to the foundation of the journals); has a 5-year delay for most titles.

L'Annee Philologique (1924-2010)
Index to citations for articles and books in all fields of classics; follow links labeled "SFX" to check for online full-text of articles.  Has a complex search interface; a tutorial is here. See this list of abbreviations and corresponding journal titles used in and created by L'Année Philologique.

Covers the gap between L'Annee's current coverage of journals and the present - often has citations for journal articles published in the current month. Not as comprehensive as the full L'Annee, however.

Dyabola (1956-present)
An excellent complement for art and archaeology to L'Annee Philologique; indexes articles, books, and more. It has a specialized search interface; these tutorials by Michael Hughes at NYU are helpful.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Indexes articles in scholarly journals and museum publications, with good coverage in Classics.

For even more resources see the subject guide to Classics Research at UGA

Finding Classics Images Online

Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)
This scholarly website has a searchable gazeteer of ancient art and archaeology images.  Its coverage is not comprehensive, but it's a good place to start, and authoritative.

Offers more than one million images with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images. ARTstor includes contributions from museums, libraries, and archives, and has a fair amount of Classical content.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
A collection of images, with good data about them, from (mostly American) museums, including the Boston MFA.  Covers all periods and media, but has some good classical content.

Websites with Downloadable Images
Selective list from the American Philological Association (collected by Kathleen Coleman) arranged in three sections – Sites and Artifacts, Textual Material, Coins, Maps, and Museum and Archive Collections

Google Image Search or Flickr Search
Not curated, so you'll need to use critical judgment that the images are what they say they are, but there are a lot of good things out there: .edu sites made by faculty, faculty teaching collections in Flickr, and tourist photos of lots of sites and museums.

Citing Sources

For this assignment, you are required to use either the MLA, Turabian, or Chicago style.  The UGA Library keeps Citation Style Guide web pages with examples of how to cite the most common types of resources using the most common styles (including those recommended for this project).

We also have site licenses for software that can help you manage your references.  Try RefWorks if you want a web-based solution for managing bibliographies, and EndNote if you need more sophisticated options but don't mind always using the same computer.

Last Update: August 23, 2012 09:51 | Tagged with: hellenistic archaeology classics greek