Skip to main content Vassar College Libraries

Vassar College Libraries

Vassar College

Roman History

Getting Started


Here are three basic reference tools that every student of Classics should know about and use.

  • Oxford Classical Dictionary. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
    Scholarly mini-encyclopedia of people, events, places in the classical world. Signed articles. Some bibliography. References to classical sources.
    Location: [Reference: DE5 .O9 2012]
    Also available Online
  • Paulys Real-Encyclopadie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft, neue Bearb.. 24 vols, 10 vol continuation, 15 vol supplement. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1893-1978.
    The standard encyclopedia for the whole field of classical studies.
    Location: [Main DE 5 .P33]
    See also the new edition: Der neue Pauly : Enzyklopadie der Antike. Stuttgart : J.B. Metzler, c1996- (complete in 16 vol.).
    Location: [Reference DE5 .P34 1996]
    See also the English translation of Der neue Pauly: Brill's New Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world. Hubert Cancik and Helmut Schneider, eds. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2002- .
    The English edition is divided into two print editions:
    Antiquity (Location: [Reference DE5 .P3413 2006]
    Classical Tradition (Location: [Reference DE5 .P34213]
  • L'Annee Philologique: bibliographie critique et analytique de l'antiquiti greco-latine. 1924- . Annual.
    Major ongoing bibliography for classical studies. Covers literature, language, art, philosophy, and social political and cultural history, textual criticism, epigraphy, archeology, numismatics.
    Location: [Reference PA2 .A553, 1924-2000]
    Online version includes v.20 (1949)-present

Vassar Home | Digital Media Zone | Learning, Teaching & Research Center
Vassar College Libraries, Box 20, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604-0020
845.437.5760 |