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Faculty of Classics

 

The major strength of the Classics Library is its collections on the Classical world of ancient Greece and Rome including literature, history, philosophy, mythology and religion, palaeography, linguistics and philology, art, sculpture, numismatics and classical archaeology. The Modern Greek collection is primarily literary, but also includes books on Byzantine and Modern Greek history.

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For up-to-date information on our electronic collections see the Classics Libguide.

Our classification system uses a 3 part classmark, e.g. F  4.78  9. The first letter, or letters, directs you to the relevant part of the collection. The middle number or letters indicate the sub-section, and the final number is a running number for items. The main divisions within the collection are as follows:

 

Start of classmark

Contents

R / S

Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and atlases

A

Major Greek and Latin text series

B

Greek texts and commentaries

C

Latin texts and commentaries

D

History

E

Literature

F

Philosophy and Religion

G

Modern Greek

J

Linguistics

Per

Periodicals

V / VV

General archaeology by region

W

Architecture and pre-Hellenic archaeology

WW

Greek and Roman sculpture

X

General art, painting, vases

XX

Other arts

XX/NUM

Numismatics

Y

Specific archaeological sites

YY

Travel guides, archaeological theory, museology, Byzantine art

Other sections include:

Start of classmark

Contents

EP

Epigraphy

First aisle of rolling stacks

H

Palaeography

RVR – room opposite the issue desk

Pam

Pamphlets

Closed stacks – must be requested at the issue desk

SL (end of classmark)

Short loan books

Behind the Issue Desk – please ask a staff member

T

Language materials

On the Sidgwick Site side of the library, after the catalogue terminals

 

We also hold a number of prize-winning undergraduate Part II dissertations which may be consulted within the Library by university members. Please ask at the Issue Desk for more details.

 

Special Collections

Please contact the Librarian if you would like to consult any of our special collections:

Early printed books

Mainly on ancient classical sites collected by the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Leake Collection

This is a collection of notebooks of the journeys in Greece of Colonel Leake (1777-1860), soldier and topographer are now housed in the Archives, please contact the archivist to consult.

Owen Collection

G.E.L. Owen studied Ancient Greek philosophy. This collection includes philosophical books, working versions of published papers and early working notes.  These are now housed in the Faculty Archives, please contact the archivist to consult.

Map Collection

The Library holds maps drawn up by the War Office in the 1940s. These are of particular interest to archaeologists for their excellent topographical detail.

 

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Latest news

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

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Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...