The Beazley Archive is a research unit of the University of Oxford's Faculty of Literae Humaniores; this is its website. The original archive of Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) included about 250,000 photographs, notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art. In 1979 information technology (IT) projects began with the Pottery Database of Athenian figure-decorated vases of the 7th-4th centuries BC. Since 1992 IT projects on other aspects of classical art have been created. This website displays information about the Archive, including publications and bibliographies, and gives access to the IT projects and databases. These include: gems; pottery; sculpture; and the dictionary. For example: Pottery - The Beazley Archive text database records information about Athenian figure-decorated vases illustrated in publications available to the Ashmolean Library. Begun in 1979, it now has over 67,000 entries, with fourteen fields, including bibliographical references, find-place, shape and iconographical terms. In 1992 the Archive began to participate in a European Union project (RAMA) linking the collections of seven museums across Europe via the Internet. This project enabled the Beazley Archive to begin digitising its photographs and drawings. These include a vast collection of images of classical sites. An enhanced version of the original database is now available via the website (users may search for images according to location). The Dictionary feature of the resource is an excellent alphabetical guide to classical sites and terminology (including references to places, technical terms, buildings, people, gods and other figures from myth); each explanatory entry is accompanied by relevant images from the archive's collection. The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Resource Enhancement Scheme.
The Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) is a regularly-updated online journal which publishes reviews, written by academics, of books on a whole range of classical subjects (since 1990). The reviews are generally longer than one expects to find within a scholarly journal, often giving a chapter-by-chapter summary of the work as well as critical comment. BMCR also publishes responses to reviews (and occasionally responses to the responses). The website gives access to all reviews published since 1990 and a simple search interface. The website also includes instructions for viewing Greek characters online, as well as guidelines for reviewers. The reviews are relevant to both Classics and Classical archaeology and may be useful to bot researchers and students.
The Etruscan Texts Project (ETP) is a searchable online database of Etruscan inscriptions (of central Italy pre-200 BC) made public since 1990. The texts are divided into categories such as: Abecedaria; Boundary Markers; Construction Texts; Dedications; Didaskalia; Funerary Texts; Legal Texts; Other/Unclear Texts; Prohibitions; Proprietary Texts; Religious Text; and Signatures. Each category can be accessed from a menu or it is possible to browse all the inscriptions contained in the database. It is possible to search by keywords, location or historical date. The material on which inscriptions are written is recorded and therefore material types can be used as keyword. It is possible to email a copy of each inscription and a feature to help in printing the inscriptions is planned. The site provides for each inscription the name of the cataloguer and the possibility to email this person. However, cataloguers use nicknames and these appear in the pages displaying the records. By clicking on them, it is possible to reveal the real name and send an email. This unusual procedure may confuse part of the specialist readership intended for this website. The pages are neatly designed and access to the texts is very simple. The ETP corpus excludes inscriptions where only a few letters are readable and it is not possible to reconstruct any word. Also excluded are letters used as marks on ceramics.
Feminae Romanae: Women of Ancient Rome is an extremely well designed website that aims to put the position of Roman women into a historical context with other contemporary cultures (contrasting the older cultures of Greece and of the Etruscans, who influenced the early Romans). The site is organised into the following headings: Heroines of Rome (legendary stories of Roman women which influenced later generations as to what an ideal woman was supposed to be); Republican Women (covering roughly the third through to the first centuries BC); Imperial Women (which documents the changes after the failure of the Republic and the rise of Augustus); Women of Influence (providing biographies of notable Roman women, including Cornelia, Livia, Clodia, Agrippina the Elder, Julia Domna, and Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great); Forgotten Women (attempts to sketch working women of Rome, about whom so little has been written in their own time); The World Within (which deals with the private world of the Roman women). The site is easy to use and beautifully illustrated throughout with images from ancient art; references are given for the sources of these images. Articles are well-written, and acknowledgments appear in the Links section of the site.
George Ortiz spent over 40 years collecting works of art, and this website publishes online the complete corpus of his private collection. His predominant interest is Greece, and this is reflected in the dominance of Greek objects, ranging from a Neolithic steatopygus idol of the sixth millenium BC to a Late Hellenistic glass bowl of the first century AD. The collection is particularly rich in small archaic and classical bronzes. There are smaller quantities of Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Etruscan, Achaemenid and Romance artefacts, and the total of 280 pieces also includes Polynesian, American, Chinese and African works amongst others. The website is attractively simple in presentation and each entry includes a photograph that can be enlarged and a well-written and referenced commentary. Twenty items can be viewed in 3-D, but QuickTime needs to be installed. There is also a search facility, and a glossary of relevant terms relating to ethnography and archaeology.
This is the official Web page of the galleries of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Louvre Museum. There are introductory pages on the Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine civilisations as well as several pages on individual objects from the collections of the museum (about 250 at the time of review). There is a map and a timeline. The presentations of individual objects are highly recommended as many are masterpieces of art. Most objects have artistic value and are described and interpreted in detail. Pictures can be enlarged and it is possible to click on "documentation" to reveal a small bibliography, which is provided for each object. Some data appear by hovering with the mouse on various parts of the pages and it is possible to print or email these pages with ease thanks to some tools. For those wishing to visit the museum, apart from practical details, it is possible to have information about new additions to the collections and about objects loaned to exhibitions (which objects, where they are and for how long).
This is the website of the US Epigraphy Project, which is based at Brown University and is devoted to information about Greek and Latin inscriptions which are preserved in the USA. The digital catalogue is based on the contents of the book Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist, written by J Bodel and S Tracy. The key feature of the online resource is a searchable database of these inscriptions. The user may browse by collection or publication, or by using a search form which has a range of fields including: language; place of origin; date; type of inscription; type of object; and type of material. Searches then produce an image of the inscription along with essential information (provenance, date, material and object type) and bibliographic details, along with the inscription's US epigraphy number. There is also a list of links to other epigraphy websites and relevant search engines.