Developed by Jan Willem Drijvers, the Ammianus Marcellinus Online Project introduces the fourth century AD Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus and his work. A detailed biography of Ammianus is given, and further sections of the website are devoted to providing comprehensive bibliographical lists to provide the user with a starting point for further research. These pages include details of editions, translations (into a wide range of modern languages), concordances and commentaries, as well as of articles and books on aspects of his Roman history. There is also a section on the structure of his work, and a series of essays on particular topics. Included here are papers looking at Ammianus' treatment of the following: Constantius II; Christianity; Julian; military history; geographical digressions; and barbarians and ethnography.
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.
These pages collect together online a vast range of excellent teaching materials for classical subjects compiled by John R Porter, an associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan. A variety of aspects of Greek and Roman culture and civilisation feature here, including literature, history, art and archaeology. Although they relate to specific courses taught at the University the notes relate to key themes of most classical syllabi and will therefore be of use to both students and teachers elsewhere. Broad topics which are covered include: Homer's Iliad; fifth-century BC Athens; Greek tragedy (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides), comedy (Aristophanes) and historiography (Herodotus and Thucydides); Roman republican and early imperial history; Latin poetry (Catullus, Virgil and Ovid); Latin satire (Petronius); daily life in antiquity (including education, dress, food, women's life, slavery, and entertainment). Each section features detailed notes on themes, historical periods or individual authors and texts; bibliographies and chronological tables are also given.
This themed online bibliography (which, at the time of reviewing, had last been updated in 2008) has been compiled by Timothy J. Moore of the Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, and lists books and papers which will be of relevance to the student of the Roman historian Livy (59BC-AD17). Specific sections cover editions of the text, other bibliographies and commentaries (both book-by-book and on the whole of his Ab Urbe Condita). There is also a section on general works, as well as further sections on particular themes: Livy and Augustus; philosophical and religious views; moral outlook; women; Livy's sources; his style and language; and the lost books of his history. The majority of the works listed here are written in English, although there are several in German, French and Italian.
'Lost Trails' is a non-commercial educational resource whose main aim is to provide an English language version of the 'Histories' or 'Enquiries' of the 5th century BC Greek historian Herodotus. The site features many high quality photographs and maps illustrating the locations mentioned in the text, which will help to elucidate the complex and wide-ranging narrative. The photographs are hyperlinked to the translation, which is divided into 48 convenient instalments. The website also features folk handicrafts and music from Greece and other parts of south-eastern Europe as well as a notice board for feedback and comments on the various items featured. Donations are solicited from individuals who wish to support the work of the project. A caveat for less experienced A level or undergraduate students of ancient history (or the general reader) is that, at present, this edition of Herodotus falls short of academic standards in that it lacks line numbers, glosses of words or unfamiliar terms, or footnotes. The project is however work in progress, and these features should be added at some point. Users should also be aware that several of the photographs lack commentary and, inevitably given later rebuilding, depict structures or objects that post-date the events recorded in the Herodotean text. Nevertheless this is a useful online supplement to existing printed or electronic resources for students of classics, ancient history or archaeology.
Rheinisches Museum für Philologie is a scholarly journal for classicists with papers primarily written in German, and this is its website. Here the user can access, free of charge, the full-text of articles from issues 93 (1950) to 147 (2004) are now accessible online (at the time of writing this review). Further articles will be added regularly (three years after publication), and currently the tables of contents are also available here for all issues since 1990. To access the full-text papers in PDF format readers should click on the small arrow next to each title. Papers deal with ancient Greek and Latin texts and authors in a range of genres (poetry, drama, historiography, epic and satire, for example). Authors discussed in some of the papers include, among others: Aeschylus; Aristophanes; Lucian; Martial; Sappho; Seneca; Suetonius; Theophrastus; and Virgil.
Scholia Reviews is an electronic journal of reviews for classics, ancient history, and related subjects. Subjects of books recently reviewed include: Greek historiography; late antiquity; Roman art and architecture; classical myth; Roman religion; Greek and Roman literature. The journal has been published on an annual basis since 1992. Book reviews are available via email as well as on the website. A selection of reviews are also published in the international printed journal, Scholia. Reviews tend to be between 1500-2500 words long. The Scholia Reviews website also includes details of books received and requiring review and guidelines for review authors (including the system for transcribing Greek).
The Society for Ancient Languages is based at the University of Alabama, and holds reading classes for the study of ancient and medieval Latin texts as well as other events relating to the Latin language. The Society's website gives details of such events as well as providing a range of useful online resources concerning particular Latin authors. Included are detailed biographies of the first-century BC writers Julius Caesar, Cicero, Virgil and Sallust. The site also features a selection of online Latin texts from the first century BC: here selected works of Caesar, Cicero, Horace, Livy, Sallust, Tacitus and Virgil appear, as well as the work of the medieval Latin writer Augustine of Hippo (fourth to fifth century AD). There is also a selection of secondary source material on the Roman constitution, Roman oratory and Roman warfare.
This website provides the complete text of 'Thucydides and the Ancient Simplicity', a 1998 monograph by Gregory Crane which is also published in paper format by the University of California Press. Thucydides, the great Greek historian of the Peloponnesian War in the fifth century BC, is renowned for his apparent rationalism and 'political realism', a trait which Crane analyses as a propensity to view the course of the war as the logical product of the self-centred pursuit of each player's own interests. Athens, in Thucydides' history and Crane's reading of it, emerges as a new power-house, disregarding Greek precedent and custom to meet with initial military success and then catastrophic political failure. Crane argues that Thucydides' political realism is too often taken for granted by modern readers, who can fail to realise that what they view as commonplaces of political thought were, in fact, deeply radical when Thucydides first introduced them: the ruthless pursuit of self-interest, the domination of the strong over the weak and the constant turbulence of interstate relations add up to to what GEM de Ste Croix called Thucydides' 'moral bleakness', an outlook that seems natural in modern political historical scholarship. Crane's contention, though, is that Thucydides 'wrote to shock', and his book is an elaboration of this argument. The site presents the whole book in an easy-to-use format, divided by chapter headings. Footnotes are hyperlinked for ease of reference, and the presence of a search function offsets the lack of index. There is also a complete bibliography.
The website Thucydides at Peithō's Web brings together a range of useful resources on the fifth-century BC Greek historiographer Thucydides and his History of the Peloponnesian War. It includes the full-text of Benjamin Jowett's 1900 English translation, which may be viewed as single chapters, series of episodes, or diverse chapters side-by-side for comparison. Jowett's appendix to his first (1881) edition of Thucydides, in which he compares the Greek historian's account of the Athenian plague with accounts of other great plagues, is also given here. The site also presents R.C. Jebb's chronological tables of speeches in Thucydides with links to the relevant passages in the text, as well as the text of Gilbert Murray's essay on Thucydides from 'A History of Ancient Greek Literature' (1897). In addition, there is an English translation of Dionysius of Halicarnassus's letter on the language of Thucydides.