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Ancient Classics Philosophy and Mythology: Books and Databases

Guide for Library Research on Ancient Classics

Books and Databases Available

This page is a listing of new and older books on the topic of the Classics that are available from the Lloyd Sealy Library collection, either as a physical book or an an e-book. Underneath the book images on this page, you should see a call number that you can use to locate the book. If it says "on order" then this is a book that is in the process of becoming part of the library collection but that is not available yet. If it is listed as an "Electronic Resource Ebook" then please search for the book in Onesearch or CUNY+ to get access to it. This page also provides a list of relevant journals and methods to search our collections. The material on this page is only a sampling of what is available for patrons to look at. If you are interested in finding more, please search through our collection using the search bars below.

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The databases below are recommended for students who are looking for scholarly materials concerning Classics. Each of the databases listed below deals with the humanities and includes materials dealing with history and historical questions.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database that offers an enormous collection of valuable full-text journals. It is the leading source of peer-reviewed material including material topics such as the social science, humanities, and education among many other areas of study.

Art Abstracts (EBSCO)
Index to articles in leading art periodicals from 1984 to the present.

Biography Reference Center
Literature, science, business, politics - virtually every discipline is tied to people. This database provides full-text coverage of more than 450,000 biographies from screened, reliable journals, periodicals, newspapers, and web sites.

Classical Latin Texts 
A full-text database of ca. 350 authors of Latin literature, as well as various versions of the Bible and New Testament in Latin and Greek as well as Milton's Paradise Lost and Defensionem regiam.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
This database is a collection of over reference books and encylopedias that are searchable together or title by title.  It covers a variety of subjects largely from the social sciences and humanities such as history, philosophy, literature, education, and biography.
Historical Abstracts
Excluding the United States and Canada (that material is available in America: History and Life database), this resource covers the history of the world from the 15 century forward. It includes material from academic journals, books, and monographs.
JSTOR currently includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education. It covers most fields of study including education, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
Oxford Reference
Oxford Reference brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.
Philosopher's Index
A current bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major areas of philosophy and related fields. The Philosopher’s Index features author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews. The Philosopher's Index contains research published since 1940 including journals with content representing a variety of languages.
Project MUSE
This resource is focused on humanities and social sciences particularly including materials covering literature, history, cultural studies, and political science. It currently includes 325,000 articles from 241 publishers.


Below are a list of journals where you can find serious and scholarly materials relating to Classics.

  • Acta Classica
  • Arethusa
  • Bryn Mawr Classical Review
  • Classical Antiquity
  • Classical Bulletin
  • Classical Journal
  • Classical Philology
  • Classical Quarterly
  • Classical Review
  • Classical World
  • Greece and Rome
  • Helios
  • Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Journal of Roman Studies
  • Mnemosyne

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Loeb Classical Library

Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Classical Library

The full range of Greek and Roman works containing the texts in both the original language and in translation on the opposite page. The entire collection is available in the Niederhoffer Lounge.

For a trial period the digital version of the collection is available! Click this Link to find out more!

The Fathers of Greek Philosophy

The core of Ancient Greek Philosophy is based on the works of three men - Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. All modern philosophy is based ultimately on their works. In  fact it could be said that all philosophy done since Socrates is just an attempt to repeat what he already said.


The Father of Philosophy

Conversations of Socrates by Xenophon
B312 .E5 T74 1990
The Collected Dialogues of Plato
 B358 .C57 1989


The Faithful Student of Socrates
Author of the Dialogues and The Republic

The Republic of Plato
JC71 .P35 1945b (Reserve)


Student of Plato and Teacher to Alexander the Great
Author of Poetics, Ethics, Nicomachea, and Works

The Complete Works of Aristotle
 B407 .S6 1984 v1-2

The Origin of History


The Father of History and Historical Writing

The Histories of Herodotus
PA4002 .A2 2001 V1-4

War in Peloponnesia


Chronicler of the Peloponnesian War

The History of the Peloponnesian War
DF229 .T5 C713 2005

March of the Ten Thousand

Historian and Soldier

The Persian Expedition
PA4495 .A6 W3 1972

Greek and Roman Biographies


Historian and Biographer

Plutarch's Lives
PA4369 .A2 1968 V1-11

Eh Tu Brutus?!

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
General and Author
Set in motion the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire

The Conquest of Gaul
DC62 .C2 H25 2003

The Revolt Against Rome

Flavius Josephus

Flavius Josephus
General and Historian

The Jewish War
DS122.8 .J733 1997 1-3

The Trojan War


Greek Poet
Author of The Illiad and the Odyssey


The Iliad
PA4025 .A2 F5 


The Odyssey
PA4025 .A5 F5 1990

The Aftermath of the Trojan War


The Latin Poet Virgil
Author of the Aeneid

The Aeneid
PA6807 .A5 F25 2008

Greek Comedy


The Father of Greek Comedy
Author of The Birds and Lysistrata

The Complete Plays of Aristophanes
PA3877 .A1 R57 2005

Greek Tragedy

These three men - Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles - are the foundation of Greek Tragedy.


Author of The The Oresteia

The Oresteia
PA3827 .A7 S66 2008


Author of Medea, Bacchae, and Hippolytos

Three Plays of Euripides
PA3975 .A2 1974


Author of The Oedipus Rex Trilogy

The Oedipus Cycle
 PA4414 .A2 A7 1977

Ruler of Rome

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius
Roman Emperor

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
B580 .C6 1908

Stoic Philosopher


Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Essayist, Poet and Philosopher

Moral Essays of Seneca
BJ214 .S4 E5 1989 V1-3

The Last Statesman of the Roman Republic


Marcus Tullius Cicero
Roman Politician and Orator

On the Commonwealth
PA6308.D8 S3