This is the website of the Actors of Dionysus, a theatre company which specialises in producing adaptations and translations of classical Greek drama, with a particular emphasis on tragedy. The site gives information about past, current and future dramatic productions, accompanied by details of cast lists, photographs and press reviews, with tour dates also appearing here. Although the site is not comprehensive, it acts as a useful starting point for anyone seeking specific information and images relating to the modern performance reception of particular ancient plays (this is the kind of detailed information which can be difficult to get hold of, although it is currently being collated on a much larger scale by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama in Oxford). There is a list here too of the company's publications, which include translations, scripts and essay collections on individual plays. These can be ordered via the site. The Actors of Dionysus also run an educational outreach programme comprising workshops and special events, accompanied by supplementary educational material. Details of such events can be found on the website.
Aesopica is an excellent online resource which collects the fables of Aesop (probably originally composed in the sixth century BC) in one easy-to-use reference tool. It offers a range of available versions of each fable, in ancient Greek as well as in Latin and English translations, as recorded by later writers. Included are, for example, William Caxton's 1484 English translation as well as those of Roger L'Estrange (1692), George Townsend (1887), Joseph Jacobs (1894) and recent translations made by the site's author, Laura Gibbs. The Latin versions given range from Phaedrus (first century AD) to the thirteenth-century AD Odo of Cheriton. Greek texts include those of Babrius (second century AD) and Chambry's 1925/6 edition. Many of the texts are accompanied by explanatory notes as well as details of the writer who recorded them. Several of the English texts are also accompanied by illustrations. The fables are fully cross-referenced, which allows for ease of comparison between different versions (prose and verse, and in different languages) of the same story. The site is also searchable by key word. As well as being of use to those with a particular interest in Aesop, this site is also a good source of Latin and Greek reading exercises as the text is in manageable chunks for language practice.
Akropolis World News (AKWN) is a regularly updated website which promotes the study of the ancient Greek language by offering to its readers translations of current news stories into Greek (two similar sites, Nuntii Latini and Ephemeris, do the same thing for the Latin language). Most articles are composed by the site's author, although he also asks for Greek prose compositions from his readers. As well as the news articles featured (dating back to 2002), the site also offers: a page listing modern words (e.g. car, electricity) which do not have ancient Greek equivalents, along with the author's own suggestions for translation (based on modern Greek); a selection of ancient Greek prose translations by other authors on a range of topics (including, for example, a section of Descartes' Meditations and Hamlet's 'To be or not to be' soliloquy); and an annotated page of links to other sites relating to the Greek language. AKWN will benefit a wide range of classical scholars, particularly those who are learning the language for the first time, but also academics who want to expand the parameters of classical Greek composition.
Akroterion is an annual journal published by the University of Stellenbosch's Department of Ancient Studies, and this is its website. Details are given here of the journal's editorial board, as well as instructions for contributors and information on how to subscribe. Although recent editions are only available to subscribers, the website offers a number of articles for free download (in PDF format) from the journal's 2000 volume. These are written in either English or Afrikaans, and topics covered include: the ancient Greek symposium; Alexander the Great; Horace; whistling in antiquity; and poisoning and drugs in ancient Rome. The site also has a list of links to other sites related to Classics in South Africa (including the websites of university Classics departments).
Designed as a companion website to Andrew Chugg's book 'The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great', this resource offers a range of material relating to Alexander (Alexander III of Macedon, 356-323 BC), his death and the search for his tomb. This includes a detailed article, accompanied by images and maps, narrating the story of his demise and the subsequent adventures of and speculation regarding his corpse and sarcophagus. The site also provides references to other books and articles by Michael Chugg relating to the lost tomb, including synopses of books and online texts of papers. The site's most appealing feature is an extensive image library which includes: representations of Alexander, both ancient and modern; drawings of Alexandria and Babylon; photographs and plans of Saqqara; maps of Alexandria; and photographs of ancient coins featuring Alexander.
This website is the homepage of the American Classical League (ACL), an organisation which is dedicated to fostering the study of classical languages and ancient society throughout the United States and Canada. Whilst the society is open to anyone with an interest in the classical world, its membership consists primarily of those involved in the teaching of classical subjects at all levels. Its website contains a wealth of information about the activities of the ACL. Information on the following topics is included: workshops and conferences; teaching jobs; grants and scholarships; student classical organisations; and classical publications produced by the ACL. There are also lists of links to external sites which may be of interest to teachers of classics.
This is the website of the American Philological Association (APA), North America's principal academic society for Classical Studies. The APA is concerned with all issues relating to the study and teaching of the languages, literature and civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome. As well as details concerning the society itself, its current committees and members, prizes and awards being offered, and information on becoming a member, the website provides a wealth of useful information on matters of interest to classicists. Included are: links to the sites of educational bodies concerned with the teaching of Classics as well as other classical societies and organisations; the text of the APA's newsletters dating back to 1999; access to Amphora, an APA journal which contains accessible articles on Classics designed to appeal to a broad readership; advice for those seeking employment in schools and universities, including job advertisements; links to articles of general interest for classicists (for example, relevant news items and details of dramatic productions in the US); a list of links to online journals and resources. Programmes and detailed information on the APA's past and future annual conferences can also be found here. The site also has contents lists and abstracts for the APA's journal, Transactions of the American Philological Association (TAPA). The journal is available online here to subscribing institutions.
This website is an outstanding visual resource for the study of ancient Greek and Roman theatres, and is an ideal introduction to the study of theatre architecture. Its main feature is a series of panoramic views from various observation points outside and inside the remains of archaeological sites across Europe, which allow the user to 'walk' around the ruins of several theatres (QuickTime software is required to access the virtual tours). At the time of writing this review, the website appeared to be still under construction, with some locations covered more fully than others. Theatres in modern Turkey are given the most attention, presenting sites at Aspendos, Aphrodisias, Bodrum, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Miletus, Pergamon and Priene. Other featured locations are Epidaurus (Greece) and Ostia Antica (Italy). A clickable map of Europe shows the location of each theatre. Each tour is accompanied by details including: information on the location of the theatre; dates of construction and renovation; dimensions; brief details of excavations. Plans of the theatres, and in some cases reproductions, are also present, and there is a glossary of relevant architectural terms. In addition to the ancient theatres, there is also a tour of the Opéra National de France in Paris, built in the years from 1862 to 1875.
The Ancient Classical History website is a vast resource which acts as an introduction to a wide array of Classics-related topics, as well as providing a gateway to other Classics sites on the Web. Included are broad sections on: ancient history; people and places; myth and classics; and wars and peace. These are divided into numerous sub-sections, with each theme elaborated upon with varying degrees of depth. Literary as well as historical subjects can be found here, with information on classical authors and some English translations of ancient texts. Many of the short articles are accompanied by bibliographical references to relevant scholarly material. The huge amount of information means that the site is difficult to navigate, and unfortunately it is also peppered with commercial advertisements, but it is fully searchable and is impressive for the range of topics which it covers; it is hard to find a classical subject for which the search does not return a result.
Arachnion is an online journal specialising in Latin and Greek literature and ancient history. Its website lists the contents of a limited range of previous issues (from 1995 and 1996) and allows the reader access to the full-text versions of all articles from these issues. Although the site is based in Italy, the papers are written in a variety of European languages. The journal's primary content relates to ancient literature, with authors such as Homer, Plutarch, Apollonius, Seneca, Lucan, Statius and Catullus amongst those discussed. Other topics covered in the online articles include computing and the humanities and literary theory, and the journal also contains book reviews of newly published material. At the time of this review no additional issues appear to have been included recently to the site.
This Web page provides an online text of a paper entitled The Art of Reading Latin : How to Teach It, which was originally delivered by William Gardner Hale, Professor of Latin at Cornell University, in 1886, and which was published in the following year. This document is of interest for the insight which it lends into the history of classical pedagogy as well as for the advice which it imparts. The paper discusses in detail the process of teaching vocabulary, the system of inflection, and Latin syntax to an English-speaking student, with example exercises and test questions on grammar to accompany the text.
This website is a brief introduction to the Iliad, Homer's archaic Greek epic poem of the Trojan War. These pages are apparently aimed at those studying Homer for the first time. The site's home page gives a list of key characters with their Homeric epithets and a map featuring important locations. Further pages provide other related resources, in the form of a study guide to the Iliad. Arranged book-by-book, this guide summarises the events of each section of the poem and offers questions suitable for discussion or essay titles as well as quick quizzes on individual books. A summary of the poems of the epic cycle can also be found on the site, and there is a further link to an Odyssey study guide, which follows the same format as the companion to the Iliad.
The main function of this website is to display the catalogue of ancient and Byzantine coins from Ottilia Buerger's collection which is exhibited at Lawrence University. The numismatic catalogue features 147 coins in total, dating from the 5th century BCE to the 10th century CE, and these are arranged in the following categories: the Greek city-states, their colonies and neighbours; the Hellenistic age; the Roman world; and the Byzantine empire. Each entry features a clear image of the obverse and reverse of the coin, a date, details of the image and inscription, and text giving an interpretation and historical background. Aside from the catalogue the site also features several articles on aspects of ancient coinage, including: the production of ancient coins; Greek coinage and the polis; Hellenistic coin portraits; Roman coins and Roman history; and the development of the Byzantine solidus. A glossary of key terms is also included.
Taking as its starting point the novels of the prolific historical novelist Mary Renault (1905-1983), but extending the scope far beyond this one writer, this website focuses on twentieth-century Greek historical fiction relating to Alexander the Great of Macedon (fourth century BC). This is a site which will appeal to anyone interested in the modern reception of ancient history. Its main feature is an extensive chronological list of novels based on Alexander, accompanied by detailed summaries and reviews. There is a further section on the figure of Alexander as portrayed in other media (primarily in films), and a lengthy review of Oliver Stone's movie 'Alexander' (2004). Also provided is an annotated page of classical web links, and a link to a chatroom ('Megalexandros') for Alexander the Great enthusiasts.
Blogographos is a public weblog (blog), which began in May 2004, and which is open to anyone interested in Greek and Roman antiquity. Users must register in order to post to the blog, but anyone may access the archives. The most useful feature of the site is that it draws attention to new material on the web which may be of interest to classicists - this includes other weblogs as well as articles and sites providing information on archaeology, ancient history and civilisation and classical languages. Other features include: book announcements and reviews of both scholarly works and classics-related fiction; conference announcements; and details of stories in the media, television programmes and radio broadcasts which are of particular relevance to classicists. The resource provides an insight into the many ways in which the classical world continutes to be of interest and relevance to modern society.
This is the official online presence of the Canadian Classical Bulletin (CCB), a publication of the Classical Association of Canada (CAC) which is aimed primarily at university staff and graduate students. Subscribers may receive the bulletin regularly by email, and a full-text archive of previous editions dating back to 1999 can be accessed via this website. The bulletin is updated on a monthly basis and deals with matters relating to classical education and scholarship throughout Canada, including the following: details of job vacancies and fellowships; information on scholarships, prizes and essay contests; announcements relating to study programmes and university classical departments; conference notices and calls for papers.
This is the website of the Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (CADRE), a research project based at the University of Nottingham's Classics Department. The project aims to further the study of ancient Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy and to look at its influence upon later traditions. Details of project members and collaborators are given here, as well as information on conferences held by the CADRE. The most informative section of the site is concerned with an ongoing project on Sophocles' fragmentary tragedies. Here brief synopses of selected fragments are given, along with some discussion by the editors. There is also a contents list for a forthcoming volume entitled 'Shards from Kolonos: Studies in Sophoclean Fragments'.
This is the website of the Classical Association (CA), whose aim is to promote the study of all aspects of classical antiquity and to bring together the many teachers, researchers and students of ancient Greek and Roman civilization. This resource provides information on the structure and activities of the society, details of membership and of its numerous branches, and extracts from the bi-annual newsletter, CA News. There is also an overview of the three main publications of the association, the Classical Review, Classical Quarterly and Greece and Rome. Also available online is the directory of classical scholars 'Classicists in British Universities' published by the CA which, incidentally, includes Irish institutions as well as museum and college staff. There is also a useful page of links to similar institutions and related resources. These pages will benefit a wide range of individuals interested in classical studies at various academic levels.
The Classical Association of Canada (CAC) supports and promotes the study and understanding of classical languages and civilisation throughout Canada, and this is its website. Details of the CAC's Council, constitution and Annual General Meetings can be found here. The site also gives information on prizes offered by the CAC, including scholarships, undergraduate essay contests, and sight translation competitions in Greek and Latin. There is a directory of Classics departments and programmes throughout Canada. Also featured is information about the CAC's journals, Phoenix, Mouseion and the Canadian Classical Bulletin, as well as a list of advertised academic positions and Canadian summer schools on Classics-related topics. The site is navigable in English and French.
This is the website of the Classical Association of Ireland (CAI), which organises events, lectures and field trips for those interested in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as supporting teachers of classical subjects. Details are given here of how to join the CAI, along with information about the association's council, local branches and the CAI's programme of events. The site also gives links to Irish university Classics department, as well as to ongoing classical research projects in Ireland and international classical associations. Users may also access Classics Ireland, the CAI's journal, via this website.
This is the website of the Classical Association of Scotland, which promotes and supports the study of Classics in Scotland, particularly at university level. Information is given here about past and forthcoming events (these include seminars, meetings and conferences) which take place primarily at the universities of St. Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The site contains details of the association's officials, as well as information on how to become a member. The text of the association's 2008 newsletter is also available.
The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) aims to promote and support the study of Greek and Roman antiquity; this website gives details of its activities in this field. Contact details for CASA's officers are given here, along with information on the Association's constitution and membership details. The site also features news relating to conferences organised by CASA as well as details of past and upcoming colloquia and lectures. There is a list of links to online articles relating to the association's history and activities, and to the history of classical scholarship in South Africa, as well as a list of contact information for classical scholars working in South Africa. The site also gives details of prizes and scholarships offered by CASA. Indexes of articles in the association's journal, Acta Classica, and in Akroterion, which is published by the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, are also provided.
This is the website of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), whose membership consists primarily of school and university teachers of classical subjects. The site contains details of Association's activities, meetings, officers and sub-committees, as well as information on how to become a member. Other features include: information on awards and scholarships; details of CAMWS's quarterly publication, The Classical Journal; links to downloadable materials (for example, posters and media articles) for promoting the study of Latin; back issues of the Association's newsletter (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these); and lists of links to Classics resources on the internet as well as to the home pages of various other classical associations in the United States of America.
The website Classical Studies FAQs features a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), along with answers, from the humanities.classics newsgroup. Although the site is neither attractive nor easy to navigate, it nonetheless acts as a useful electronic reference tool on a variety of topics for students beginning a study of classical languages and civilisation. The opening query answered by the page is 'What is Classics?' and further information presented includes: pronunciation of Greek and Latin; the use of English translations; a list of important ancient authors with key facts about them; details of the Roman calendar; and a brief timeline of ancient history. There are also bibliographies of works on the Latin and Greek languages ranging from beginners' to advanced level, along with information on Classics bookships, electronically available ancient texts and radio broadcasts in Latin.
This is the website of the Classicists' Email List which is hosted by the University of Liverpool. The list allows for communication and discussion with the wider academic community. Individuals may sign up to join the list here, and members may post messages to list-subscribers as well as receiving via email those posted by others. Subjects frequently covered include: job advertisements; issues relating to the teaching of Classics; press coverage of Classics-related matters; conference notices; and specific queries relating to individuals' research interests. The site also has a facility which enables members to search the list's archives (dating back to 1997) by keyword, date, subject or message author.
The Classics Online Gateway, from the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) is an evolving Web resource which lists Classics outreach services in the UK available to schools, community groups and individuals either free of charge or at minimal cost. Types of services which are listed here are: sources of advice; visiting speakers; study days; artefact-handling workshops; drama workshops; historical re-enactment; grant awarding bodies; magazines; blogs, discussion boards and forums; and websites with free resources. Providers of such services register their details by completing a form on the website, and users of the site may search according to their geographical area and the type of service they are looking for. This unique website promises to become an invaluable resource for bringing together practitioners and users of classical outreach projects.
This site is a Web gateway which provides links to a vast range of online Classics resources including: Greek and Latin language resources for study and teaching; Greek and Latin authors and electronic texts; classical associations; classics departments; electronic journals in classics; and classics publishers. Many of the links are to specific sections of other, larger, online classics resources (for example, Perseus). Although the listings are not annotated this gateway will be a useful starting-point for those seeking information relating to Classics on the Internet.
This website was originally designed to accompany a major international exhibition on Constantine the Great (c. 285-337 CE) which was held at the Yorkshire Museum, York in July 2006. The exhibition celebrated the 1,700th anniversary of the proclamation of Constantine in York as emperor. Whilst the website's main aim is to promote and provide information about the exhibition, it does have one feature in particular which may be of interest to those looking for information on the life and times of Constantine. In the section headed 'Press Information' the user may access a series of short downloadable documents (in Microsoft Word .doc format) which summarise various aspects of the emperor's life. Topics which are covered here include: an introduction to Constantine; Constantine in York; Constantine and Christianity; and the relationship between modern fashions and those of the fourth century. There is also a chronology of key dates, and a selection of images of exhibits (although unfortunately these are unannotated). The site may thus act as a useful starting-point for those unfamiliar with the figure of Constantine.
This is the online presence of the Council of University Classical Departments (CUCD) which is a forum for teachers of all classical subjects in British universities. The CUCD is concerned with all aspects of the teaching and learning of Classics in higher education: this includes the gathering of statistics on student numbers in classical degree programmes. Included here are information on member institutions and representatives, minutes of the Council's meetings and reports of meetings of the Council's Standing Committee. Matters discussed include: the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE); the Quality Assurance Audit (QAA); Classics in the press; and university 'league tables'. The CUCD also publishes an annual bulletin which is available online here (from 1995 onwards).
Credo Reference (CredoReference formerly Xrefer) is a digital reference library containing the texts and images from over 150 printed reference works. There are over a million separate entries in total. Credo reference covers the full spectrum of academic and general interest subjects, with the arts and humanities well represented. Reference works include various dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, atlases, plus subject specific titles. History titles include works such as Routledge's Companion to British History and various Who's Who titles; there is also the Dictionary of British History, the Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance; and a Concise Atlas of World History. For philosophers there is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Macmillan Dictionary of Philosophy, plus the Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics is also provided. For students of literature there is a Dictionary of Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Cambridge Guide to Theatre. An Atlas of the Bible and the Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, along with a Who's Who of Old and New Testament characters provide useful reference resources for Bible scholars. There are also a couple of resources that might be useful to Classicists. All volumes may be search simultaneously, or searches may be narrowed to a particular subject area, or a particular reference work. Many entries contain hyperlinks across reference works to related subjects of interest. Credo reference is a subscription service and is available to higher and further education institutions in the UK under a license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Detective and the Toga is a website devoted to mystery novels which are set in and around ancient Rome, and as such will appeal to those interested in the modern reception and adaptation of ancient history as well as to those with a penchant for historical crime fiction. The site's main feature is a list of novels, arranged according to the language in which they are written (most major European languages feature, along with Japanese). The user may also browse by author, date of publication or the ancient time period in which the novels are set. Many of the entries feature a précis of the plot as well as publication details. Information about the authors is also given. Featured authors include Lindsey Davis (author of the Falco mysteries), Caroline Lawrence, John Maddox Roberts (SPQR series author), Rosemary Rowe (inventor of the detective Libertus), Steven W. Saylor, Marilyn Todd and David Wishart. Forthcoming titles are included as well as those already published.
An online edition of the arguments (periochae) of the plays performed on the stage of the Collegium Luxemburgense during the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries. Theatrical representations were a central part of festive activities at the college in addition to sacred plays and speeches. This resource provides the periochae of some 108 plays from 1603 until 1717 preserved in the national library of Luxembourg as well as some introductory essays and a short bibliography of items on Jesuit theatre and a page of weblinks to sites on Jesuit cultural patronage. The plays, mostly on classical, religious and historical themes, are searchable by author and story. This resource will benefit students of early modern drama (or theatre history more generally) as well as those concerned with the use of classical literary models in European culture from the Renaissance onwards.
Elpenor is a website which offers a bilingual anthology of Greek literature, featuring extracts of texts written in ancient, New Testament and modern Greek and accompanied by English translations. These are easily accessible and manageable chunks of original Greek works which could be used as a language learning tool. Both prose and poetry appear here, with featured authors including (among many others): Homer; Thucydides; Aristophanes; Plato; Origen; Plotinus; Gregory of Nyssa; and Cavafy. The site also offers a course in the Greek language, from learning the alphabet to the basics of Greek grammar, accompanied by extracts from original texts. A further section, entitled Libraries, offers: extracts from post-classical authors referring to classical themes or texts (this will be of use to those with an interest in the modern reception of the ancient world); Greek pronunciation audio files; extracts from secondary texts on aspects of the ancient world; a section dedicated to Constantinople; and an image gallery of paintings of Greece. The website also provides a discussion forum, and links to downloadable fonts to enable the user to read or write Greek. Whilst the site offers a range of useful resources, the presence of several advertisements on every page is distracting for the academic user and can make it tedious to navigate.
This is the home page of the Eton Greek Software Project, an excellent free online language tool for anyone who is learning classical Greek. On offer is a variety of programs which allow the user to test their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary (some require a Java-enabled browser or use Flash). This covers material from the course text 'Reading Greek' (one of the most popular Greek courses in higher education) as well as from AS level and GCSE syllabi. Tests can be customised to suit the user's requirements, according to level of difficulty, English to Greek or vice versa, length of time allowed, or types of words required. The tests are divided into the following sections: vocabulary; verbs; nouns; and adjectives. Copies of the Eton Greek word lists (with translations) for OCR GCSE and AS level are available to download in PDF format too; these contain key vocabulary which all Greek learners should know.
Evolution of Alphabets is a short but instructive resource which highlights the development of eight sets of characters using animation graphics. It enables you to trace the evolution of the Cuneiform, the Phoenician, the Greek, the Hebrew, the Arabic, the Etruscan and the Latin alphabet, and gives you date ranges.
"Explorator" is a weekly mailing list that contains a list of headlines and links from online resources providing an overview of all what made into the news during the week and is relevant to archaeological research, including Classics, numismatics and anything related to the past. The list is well structured and often provides multiple links for each story, but it should be noted that it is not exhaustive. It is a fundamental tool to stay updated on the latest about archaeology, and the author usually spots and warns about bogus stories. Chances are that you receive already Explorator as part of other mailing lists, such as BRITARCH-NEWS. The website allows to easily subscribe, unsubscribe and read past issues of the newsletter, including the most recent one. However, due to the nature of online news, many links will expire quickly or become outdated and it is recommended to subscribe and read it weekly.
This website is primarily a well-annotated gateway providing links to and information about online resources which are specifically related to the study of the Greek language (covering ancient, New Testament and modern Greek). It features sections on: online bibliographies for works on Greek language and linguistics; web-based reference grammars and tutorials; details of lexica (both online and in print); ancient Greek manuscripts on the web; research projects on the Greek language; software links for learning and using Greek; downloadable Greek fonts. Resource links are accompanied by informative and concise evaluative descriptions. The site also contains short articles on the history of the Greek language, Linear B script and the Greek alphabet, along with a pronunciation guide.
Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies (GRBS) is a journal which has been published quarterly online since 2004 by Duke University and which focuses on Classics. The website lists tables of contents for all volumes since 1958, and provides access to abstracts and the full text of all articles written since 2004. These can be viewed in PDF format. Most of the published articles concentrate on classical and Byzantine literature, but archaeology is represented too. Papers include general literary themes such as "ancestors as icons" and the titanic origin of humans" as well as authors such as Homer, Herodotus and Plutarch. There are also papers on classical epigraphy and the archaeological excavations investigating late antique Palestine.
The website 'Employability Resources' is a subpage of the main site of The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. It features employment statistics for the humanities and especially history, classics and archaeology. Links off the main list provided on the homepage open up to many pages of extensive information, some of which is available through links to external sites. The resources gathered here include or deal with: journals and conferences on employability in the humanities; the employability of history graduates; adult learners in archaeology; archaeology labour market intelligence; enterprise and career management skills; how to present skills developed though a humanities education to employers; developing team-building skills in archaeology; and various sources on the relationship between the curriculum and careers which graduates ultimately attain. This information will be of particular interest to humanities doctoral students who are job hunting.
This is the website of INDA : Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (National Institute of Ancient Drama), a non-profit foundation established at the beginning of the twentieth century. Since its inception INDA has been working to revive ancient drama by encouraging its performance in ancient theatres across Italy. The website offers information on all aspects of INDA's work including: the plays performed in each theatrical seasons; programmes from performances; reviews; exhibitions and lectures; and synopses of the plays. The site features an interesting photo gallery of performances staged by INDA to date. These include performances of Classical works by: Aeschylus; Aristophanes; Euripides; and Sophocles. Users can read reviews and comments on the numerous plays staged by INDA, view the programmes, and access general information on the productions, including notes on: directors; Italian translations; music; costumes; choreography; and cast. For almost a century Syracuse (in Sicily) has been the main site where INDA's productions have been staged. However, performances organised by INDA are staged in other Greek and Roman theatres around Italy, such as: Segesta; Taormina; Pompeii; Benevento; Gubbio; and Trieste. The Foundation holds an important museum displaying documents and images organised according to an historical itinerary from 1914-1948. In particular, the Cambellotti Archive brings together a valuable collection of: models; designs; programmes; costumes; panels and architectural details; as well as unpublished material.
This is the home page of the Institute for the Classical Tradition (ICT), the North American base of the International Society for the Classical Tradition (ISCT), which is hosted by Boston University. Information can be found here on the membership and history of both the ICT and the ISCT. The official publication of the ISCT is the International Journal of the Classical Tradition (IJCT), and the website gives tables of contents and short abstracts of articles from issues of the journal from 1994 onwards. There are also details of the journal's editorial board, guidelines for contributors and a list of publications received for review since 1994, with contents lists of these publications. The ICT also acts as the editorial office for ANRW (Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt/Rise and Decline of the Roman World), a handbook of Roman history divided into three parts: From the Origins of Rome to the End of the Republic; The Principate; and Late Antiquity. The website provides information about and detailed contents lists of all volumes of ANRW which are currently in print (published since 1972), as well as brief details of volumes currently in preparation.
The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA) was founded in 1995 and exists to provide a focus for Irish research into Greece and Greek culture from antiquity to the present day. The link between Ireland and Greece is highlighted on this website by an article on the cultural connections between the two countries, with reference to language, mythology and scholarship. Biographies of two key Irish philhellenists, Sir Richard Church (1784-1873) and Sir John Mahaffy (1839-1919), are also given. The site also provides a programme of upcoming and recent events (lectures, conferences and day schools) held by the IIHSA in both Ireland and Athens. Also included is information on annual study tours to mainland Greece and Crete for students from all over Ireland. Details of current research projects and publications of the IIHSA are given, including archaeological work and surveys on Kefalonia and at Priniatikos Pyrgos on Crete and a project on the activities of the Platonists in Athens.
This website is a growing online database of images of ancient archaeological sites and monuments which are held in Bryn Mawr College's slide collection: these images have been digitised for ease of use and online access. This image collection has been in use since before the turn of the twentieth century, and many of the images of archaeological subjects are truly irreplaceable. Many of the medium-format glass plates (lantern slides) from late in the nineteenth or early in the twentieth century were taken of monuments that have subsequently been damaged or eroded. There are also photographs of excavations in progress and of monuments in stages of repair/restoration that provide unique information to contemporary users. The images are available here in 3 formats: small thumbnail images, medium-resolution (c. 640x480 pixels) and high-resolution (c. 1024x768 pixels). Selected images are returned in a new browser window. The collection is indexed by location and/or country, and includes some images from museum collections as well as pictures of monuments in situ. Featured locations include: Greek sites at Aegina, Argos, Athens, Bassae, Corinth, Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia; Italian locations including Capri, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Rome, Syracuse and Tivoli; monuments in Turkey located at Assos, Aspendos, Priene, Sardis and Troy; ancient sites in a wide range of other countries including Algeria, Croatia, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Syria and Tunisia. Each image is accompanied by catalogue details including the date when the picture was taken, although without any further information about the subject. In spite of the absence of this detail, this is a valuable teaching and research resource.
These Web pages offer a wide range of downloadable tools and exercises for help with teaching and learning Latin at beginners' and intermediate levels. Featured are a series of explanatory lesson notes on aspects of grammar and vocabulary, including, for example, declension of nouns, verb conjugation, and sentence construction. Also included are grammar and vocabulary help and exercises for practising reading and composition. The site contains several 'elementary readers' which provide basic textbook Latin for reading practice, as well as more advanced 'acceleration readers' - extracts from texts by Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Pliny, Quintilian and Sallust arranged in such a way as to facilitate the understanding of Latin sentence construction. There is also a page of links to articles on methods of Latin teaching and the history of Latin pedagogy.
'Les carnets de l'archeologie' (Archaeological notebooks) is the official web guide to over 150 archaeological projects in 65 countries sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to well known archaeological sites such as Java, Angkor Wat, Ugarit, Mari, Karnak, Tanis, Petra and Xanthus, the resources provides a worldwide guide to archaeological sites ranging in date from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. Individual projects and archaeological sites can be searched using a series of pulldown menus organised region by region. Each entry guides the reader through the important discoveries at the site as well as providing useful archaeological, historical and geographical background accompanied by a rich corpus of images and maps so the resource can be used like an online encyclopaedia. Bibliographic references and contact information for individual projects are also included. The majority of the website is in French but brief summaries in English, Spanish and Dutch are also provided and much can be gained from the French pages by those with limited command of the language. There is also series of web links to the major French archaeological schools abroad (Rome, Athens, Madrid, Cairo and the École française d'Extrême-Orient in Paris) as well as a guide to L'Éditions Recherche sur les civilisations (ERC), the series which publishes the results of projects funded by the French government. This website will interest a wide range of individuals, particularly students and researchers needing an overview of French projects abroad and for the insights it offers on the organisation of international archaeological work.
The Little Sailing is an online resource providing access to downloadable texts written in both ancient and modern Greek. Ancient texts available here as PDF or zipped files date from the archaic period (eighth century BC) to the Second Sophistic (second to third century AD) and a wide range of genres is covered. This includes: epic and lyric poetry (Homer, Hesiod, Pindar); tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides); historiography (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon); comedy (Aristophanes, Menander); oratory (Aeschines, Isocrates, Lysias); philosophy (Aristotle, Epictetus, Epicurus, Plato); biography (Diogenes Laertius, Plutarch); medicine (Hippocrates); satire (Lucian); and geography (Pausanias). Many of the ancient Greek texts are accompanied by modern Greek translations which may be browsed alongside the original. There are also poems and short stories by the modern Greek authors Giannis Skaribas and Stelios Doumenis as well as a range of miscellaneous extracts from Greek literature. The site is fully searchable.
This is the website of the Classical Association of Canada's journal, Mouseion. Details are given here of the publication's history (until 2001 the journal was known as Échos du monde classique/Classical Views) and objectives; the site was last updated in 2004. Each year one issue of the journal was devoted to archaeology and two further issues dealt with all aspects of the classics, including Greek and Latin literature, philology, history, philosophy, pedagogy and reception studies. Tables of contents for the journal dating from 1995 to 2004 may be found online, with abstracts of articles. Meanwhile the site also features the full-text of Mouseion's annual archaeological issues from 1996 to 2000. Topics which are discussed include: field survey and excavation reports; Greek and Roman domestic and public architecture; ancient sculpture and pottery; museum collections; and book reviews of secondary literature.
The Moving Image gateway (MIG) is a service from the BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) which draws together websites relevant to "moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education". The site is arranged into a directory of four main disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. The Arts and Humanities directory is further sub-divided. Each listed website has been evaluated and described by the BUFVC Information Service and sites which service online audio or video content are highlighted.
This is the website of the National Committee for Latin and Greek (NCLG), a North American organisation which promotes the study of Classics and raises public awareness of classical subjects. The site is also a useful source of support and information for those who teach classical subjects in schools and universities. Much of the material found here is aimed at justifying the study of Classics in the twenty-first century: various articles on the value of teaching Latin, Greek and the classical world are featured, along with links to articles in the media which may help to promote classical subjects by highlighting their relevance in the modern world. The site also gives details of useful teaching materials, books on the history of teaching Classics and information on curricula. Inevitably some of these are more relevant to colleagues in the US, although classicists elsewhere will find much that is of interest too. Other features include: details of North America's annual national Latin Teacher Recruitment Week; extracts from the NCLG's newsletter, Pro Bono; and pages of links to external classical sites.
"Navis" is the name of a series of online searchable databases containing data of European ancient ships, NAVIS III in particular focuses on depictions of ships on Roman coins. The searching facilities are effective and self-explanatory. Although the site is in German, access to the database is easy by clicking "Datenbank durchsuchen" (search database). Drop down lists do not require the typing of any word to access the images. One drop down list allows the search of coins by the name of the Roman emperor who issued them and proves especially easy, regardless of the spoken language. It is only necessary to select one drop down list, but the website permits to check the results of up to two separate searches in one framed page. Once a search completes, the navigation is largely based on visual symbols. The screen is divided in four numbered panels; by clicking one of the numbers next to any coins in the search results on the left, the full size picture of the coin appears on the corresponding panel on the right frame. Comments and additional information about the coins are scanty. It is possible to zoom on coins, see either face, recall an information panel with some data or remove the coin from the right panel. This website, produced by the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum of Mainz, does not allow easy access to the other parts of the Navis database.
Dedicated to the American poet Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), this website is devoted to obscene expressions in the classical Latin language, particularly in the poetry of Catullus (c 84BC - c 54BC). The site's author is keen to see similarities between Catullus' poetry and that of Bukowski: whilst this is open to interpretation, the site nonetheless provides a range of useful resources for the study of Catullus in particular and Latin obscenity in general. On offer here is a full Latin text of each of Catullus' poems, along with a concordance which lists vocabulary and gives references to enable the reader to locate recurring words in Catullus' work. Also featured is a Latin-English vocabulary list of obscene Latin words.
This well-organised website serves as an introduction to the Metamorphoses of Ovid (43BC-AD17). A section covers biographical information about the poet and details of the organisation of the Metamorphoses as a whole; further pages then give book-by-book summaries of the poem with some literary commentary on stylistic points and information on the myths discussed. Ovid's influence on later European writers (for example, Shakespeare, Milton, Bernard Shaw, and Marlowe) is also highlighted, and the site is richly illustrated with images from ancient and post-Renaissance art. The text throughout has links to further information on the web concerning the myths and literature mentioned here. Finally, a brief bibliography of secondary works is given, along with links to other web resources on Ovid.
An online text of Gregory Nagy's book 'Pindar's Homer: the Lyric Possession of an Epic Past' (originally published in 1980) may be found here. The book explores the relationship between the poetic traditions of Pindar (518-after 446 BC) and other lyric traditions as well as the poetry of Homer. Although the focus is primarily on Pindar, Nagy also considers the archaic Greek poetry of Alcman, Stesichorus, Alcaeus, Sappho, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides and Bacchylides. Themes which are considered include: the definitions of oral poetry and song; connections between the ritual of athletics and the ritual of epinician poetry; the ideology which links athletes, heroes and poets; the parallelism between poetry and the fifth-century BC prose writing of Herodotus; choral performance; and the evolution of the democratic poetics of Athenian theatre as compared with the aristocratic poetics of Pindar's poetry. An appendix offers a comparative survey of the poetic metres used by Pindar. This machine readable text is presented in a number of versions including HTML, although it may be necessary to download Greek fonts.
This is the website of Pomoerium, an online classics journal. The site allows free access to full-text versions (in PDF format) of all of the journal's articles (from 1994-2006). Subjects covered include: Roman law; classical myth; the translation of ancient texts; Judaism; ancient philosophy and literature (featuring articles on, for example, Aulus Gellius, Isocrates and Ovid). The site also provides a list of recommended new books on classical subjects, although this is of limited use as only publication details are given, without any comments or reviews. There is also a page of links to online classics resources.
This website describes itself as the 'home of Alexander the Great' (Alexander III of Macedon, 356-323 BC) on the Web and features pages on all aspects of this historical figure. The articles here are primarily narrative accounts without scholarly analysis or reference to primary sources, yet the scope of the information included makes this resource a useful introduction to the topic. Key themes which are covered include: Alexander's life and his family; art and legends relating to Alexander; his horse, Bucephalus; wars, campaigns and battles; the geography, culture and religion of Alexander's world; other key historical figures of the period; Alexander's sexuality; his death; and movies relating to Alexander. There is also a 'showcase' of summaries and extracts from new Alexander novels and books (some of which are still works in progress), and an extensive range of reviews of both scholarly works and fiction on all aspects of Alexander. The site also has a discussion forum.
Project Libellus is an online service which aims to provide an archive of classical texts at no cost to the user. Latin authors whose works were online here (in the original language) at the time of writing this review are: Apuleius; Ausonius; Caesar; Catullus; Cicero; Horace; Livy; Nepos; Ovid; Propertius; Sallust; Tibullus; and Virgil. Also included are Holmes' commentaries (in English) on Caesar's Bellum Gallicum (Gallic War) and Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar. The site's introduction offers the caveat that its main aim to provide free texts; those included are either donated by the editors or are texts whose copyright has expired and this means that they may not always be of the highest quality. For those seeking higher-quality texts, however, the site also offers a list of links to other institutions providing a similar service.
This website, hosted by the University of Reading Classics Department, offers links to a wide range of online resources which are of interest to classicists and ancient historians. A series of themed sections provides links to sites on the following topics: art, architecture and archaeology; history; literature; papyri, inscriptions, manuscripts and coins; and classics and reception. There are also links to sites listing 'Classics opportunities' including conferences, calls for papers and sources of funding. Finally, a section on general classics resources lists sites relating to the following: bibliographies and journals; classics departments and institutes; language and computer resources; associations and directories; library catalogues and booksellers; and other WWW guides. The range of material is extensive and the website therefore provides an excellent starting-point for anyone looking for specific web-based resources relating to a particular topic.
Regione Basilicata, Italy, has financed with public funds the production of several ebooks that are freely downloadable in PDF format. Many of these publications focus on the archaeological heritage of the region, such as a series on daily life in antiquity from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The ebooks cover the following areas: archaeology of the water during the Classical period; the Classical sanctuary at Torre Satriano; funerary contexts in the Greek colony of Metaponto,; amber between Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages; and archaeology of the medieval castles. This series of ebooks have been published since 1995 and some have been commissioned by Regione Basilicata. All the books are in Italian and have been written by scholars and researchers from universities and the superintendence to the antiquities in the region. A few publications are academic dissertations, such as the ebook on amber. All the books present original research and, perhaps with the exclusion of the series on daily life in antiquity, target a postgraduate audience. This collection of ebooks constitutes a reference library for the archaeology of Basilicata.
This Belgian website lists electronic journals on the Internet that are of relevance to Classicists. It is alphabetically arranged in two parts - journals that make full use of their electronic resources, and those that are less extensive. There are around ninety different entries, ranging from the Bryn Mawr Classical Review to Libyan Studies, Wiener Studien to the Old World Archaeology Newsletter. The site serves as a quick access point for all these webpages, and so is of value to those without French. Journals can be accessed by a hyperlink. For those that are linked to the Project Muse website, access to articles is restricted to those affiliated to a subscribing library. In addition to providing links, a brief description is given regarding those responsible for each journal and its content. It also states the earliest volume that can be accessed. The website makes frequent references to TOCS-IN (Tables of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists). For users with specific interests, a page is devoted to resources arranged by theme, e.g., Ancient Medicine, Museums, Papyrology. In addition, the page "Quelques points d'entrée très particuliers" has links to publishers, university departments and online texts. There are also links to similar databases, such as the Classics Journals page on the Pomoerium website.
Rogueclassicism is a regularly updated weblog ('blog') dedicated to the classical world. Highlights include 'This day in ancient history' and 'Classical words of the day'. Also featured are articles extracted from worldwide English-language press and classical journals relating to all aspects of the ancient world and its relevance in modern life. The vast range of topics covered defies summary, although recurring themes include: archaeology; comparisons between ancient and modern politics; the ancient world on television; parallel themes found in ancient and modern literature and popular culture; the Latin and Greek languages; and the teaching of Classics. There are also extracts from recent journal articles and book reviews (taken from, for example, Arethusa and Bryn Mawr Classical Review). Archives of the site dating back to August 2003 can be accessed, and there is a list of links to other weblogs with classical themes. This site is testament to the assertion that Classics is indeed alive and well in the modern world.
Stoa Image Gallery is a online collection of images relating to the study of classics. The service is provided by the Stoa Consortium to enable scholars to freely and easily publish digital images relating to the study of Classics and to enable others to find and use such images in teaching or research. The online gallery includes Open Source image management software and depositors are encouraged to release their images under a Creative Commons licence.
This website was initially designed to support Ancient History students at the University of Calgary, but offers freely accessible online versions from key Latin and Greek texts in English translation. A selection of sources relating to Greek history, Roman republican and imperial history and late antiquity may be found here. Texts relating to fifth-century BC Greek history include: Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War (Book I); Aeschylus' Persians; the pseudo-Aristotelian Athenian Constitution; and Plutarch's Alcibiades, Aristides, Cimon, Nicias and Pericles. The section on Roman republican history features several of the comparisons from Plutarch's Lives; for the Roman imperial period Tacitus' Annals (Book I) features. Electronic texts for the study of late antiquity (the fourth century AD onwards) are generally more difficult to find, and it is here that the site offers a convenient compilation of useful resources. Featured authors here are: Gregory Thaumaturgus; Lactantius; Eusebius; Athanasius; the Cappadocian Fathers; Symmachus; Ambrose; Jordanes; and Priscus. Each cited text is accompanied by a brief introduction to its author.
Trabalhos de Arqueologia is a series of monographs published by the Portuguese Ministry of Cultural Affairs that focuses on the most important themes researched by archaeologists in Portugal. Each volume contains chapters or papers from leading archaeologists. The themes in this series include the Atlantic Bronze Age, the Late Neolithic and Copper Age at Ribeira de Cheleiros, 4th century AD coins, a Roman fish processing and storing factory, megaliths in Portugal, the earliest anatomically modern humans in Iberia, medieval and modern ships of Iberian-Atlantic tradition (in English), the Christian Church in Portugal during the Late Antiquity, Roman epigraphy in Portugal, the role of harbours in the development of urban towns since the Roman period, Roman ceramics (terra sigillata) and scientific archaeology (geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and archaeozoology). It is possible to buy some of the volumes and access the index of all volumes. Many volumes are freely accessible in PDF format; the others can be purchased through the website. This is an essential reference library of studies on the archaeology of Portugal and Iberia.
This is the website of the Vergilian Society, an organisation which is devoted to promoting the study of Virgil (Latin poet 70-19 BCE) through lectures, conferences and publications. The site gives details of the society's activities, including in particular its summer study programs held in Cumae, Italy, at its 'Villa Vergiliana'. Also detailed here are tours of classical sites, conferences and a calendar of other events. The site provides extensive bibliographies on recent works relating to various aspects of the study of Virgil (divided into sections covering the Aeneid, Eclogues and Georgics, as well as others which include Rome and Augustus, religion and philosophy, Virgil's style and language, and his relationship with other writers). Brief summaries are given of the contents of each of these works. A table of contents of the Society's journal, Vergilius, can also be found here, along with details of how to become a member or donate to the society.