Ancient Greece

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Ancient Greece generally is understood to cover the period from the Greek Dark Ages (12th - 9th centuries B. C.) through the Classical and Hellenistic periods ending in 600 A. D. In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks, print books in the on-campus collection, and journal articles from both general and subject specific databases. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

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On-Campus and Online Collection

Databases - Journal articles

  • OED - The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great place to start for general information if you are unfamiliar with a person, term, or event. If your professor assigns research topics that include terms like "Thermopylae," "Strabo," or any other term that you do not immediately recognize, try the OED.

  • JSTOR  contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals. Issues from the most recent three to five years for each title may not be included in the collection. If you locate an article that is not available in full-text, check to see if the journal is available on any of PHC's other databases.

  • ProQuest  contains articles from over 1,000 scholarly journals  with full-text, images and graphics online. Full-text coverage begins in the early 1990s for most journals.

  • Academic Search Premier provides access to thousands of current, general and subject-specific scholarly journal articles.


Internet Resources

Selected Journals

Search for articles by keyword, title, or author in the PHC catalog or browse the following journals linked from the library's Periodicals listing.

  • Classical Antiquity (In print, 2000-present; online 2002-2012)

  • Classical Bulletin (In print, 1987-preseent; online, 1996-2010)

  • Classical Journal (In print, 2000-present; online, 1905-1922

  • Classical Quarterly (In print, 2001-present; online, 1907- one year ago)

  • Classical Review (In print, 2001-present; online,1887-one year ago)

  • Classical World (In print, 2000-present; online, 2011-one year)

  • Journal of Roman Studies (In print, 2000-present; online 1911-present)

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects. 
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

Created: Ngai, 2017. Reviewed: Dr. Douglas Favelo/Thornhill, 2020. Last updated: Thornhill, 2022. 

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