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Classics: Books

Guide to finding information sources


Books may be borrowed for particular time periods depending on your year of study. They are arranged according to subject matter, using the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The online iCatalogue (see link below) will help you find the books you need.

Recommended reading for courses in Classics

Please go to Moodle for additional material on specific courses.

For Course CCCV201/301 - Mythology:

  • Classical Myth / Powell, B.B.

             Pmb & Dbn 292.13 POW             

For Course CCCV203/305 - Movies:

  • The ancient world in the cinema /Solomon, J.

             Dbn 791.4309 SOL; Pmb 791.4309358 SOL

For Course CCCV202/302 - Lost Civilisations:

  • Classical archaeology / Alcock, S & Osborne, R.

              Dbn 938 CLA; Pmb 938 ALC

For Course CCCV204/306 - Ancient Egypt:

  • British museum dictionary of ancient Egypt / Shaw, I. & Nicholson, P.

             Dbn & Pmb (not for loan)  R 932 SHA



The library has a growing collection of electronic books which can be found by searching on the online iCatalogue. Some examples are listed below.


In addition, links are provided to collections of electronic books.



Key reference works for Classics


        Reference books

These are books that are not loanable and may only be used in the library, for example, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. They are

identified by the letter 'R' preceding the dewey number on the spine.

Some examples at E.G. Malherbe Library (Dbn):

  •  Brill's New Pauly : encyclopedia of the ancient world. Classical tradition.  R938 BRI
  • The Cambridge dictionary of classical civilization  R938 CAM
  • Compact Oxford English dictionary for university and college students R423 COM
  • The Oxford classical dictionary (3rd ed)   R880 OXF
  • Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae (LIMCO)  R704.9470928 LEX
    (housed in the Whitely Library, Classics department)



Academic Reserves

    Prescribed and recommended books in high demand are placed here. A two hour loan period is available in order to provide access by as many people as possible. Material may not be removed from the library but may be borrowed over weekends on Saturday from 3pm and must be returned on Monday by 9am.
    Be warned! Late material is subject to heavy fines!
    Some examples at E.G. Malherbe library (Dbn):
    • The Homeric Hymn to Demeter : translation, commentary and interpretative essays / Foley, Helene

    • Alexander the Great / Lane Fox, Robin

    • Alexander the Great : king, commander and statesman / Hammond, Nicholas

    • Responses to Oliver Stone's Alexander : film, history and cultural studies / Cartledge, Paul

    • Approaches to Greek myth / Lowell, Edmunds

    • Classical myth / Powell, Barry

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