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Ancient Rome

Welcome to your research guide on Ancient Rome.
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The suggested electronic resources are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection and by mail to Distance Learners (DL). You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page.  Students enrolled in Distance Learning (DL) courses will find the online journals and ebooks helpful. If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know  by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or library@phc.edu 

Professional librarians are cheerfully available by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu, in the library, or by phone at 540-441-8400.

On-Campus Collection

  • Barrington atlas of the Greek and Roman world, Richard Talbert, ed. - Atlas Stand
  • Cambridge dictionary of classical civilization, Graham Shipley, ed. - DE 5 .C28 2006
  • Cambridge illustrated history of the Roman world, Greg Woolf, ed. -  DG 209 .C26 2003
  • Oxford history of the Roman world, John Boardman, ed. - DG 231 .O94 2001
  • Romans, from village to empire, Mary T. Boatwright - DG 209 .B58 2004
  • SPQR: a history of ancient Rome, Mary Beard -  DG 231 .B231 .B43 2015


  • 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 "plebians," "patricians," or any other term that you do not 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.
  • eBooks - provides access to over 65,000 academic, full-text, electronic books that can be accessed immediately on your computer.  If you choose to download, you will be prompted to create a free userID and password.

Internet Resources

Selected Journals

  • 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

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. The Library of Congress (LOC) subject headings for this topic are Rome, History and Rome, Classical. 
  • Browse the shelves or the online catalog by looking in the Library of Congress (LOC) call number range of DG 70 - DG 312.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, please request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.
  • Need citation assistance? Try OWL  (Online Writing Lab).

Created: Ngai, 2017. Reviewed: Dr. Stephen McRoberts/Thornhill, 2017.

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