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CLA260H1 Lecture Notes - The Cambridge Ancient History, Oxford Classical Dictionary, Simon Hornblower


Department
Classics
Course Code
CLA260H1
Professor
Ben Akrigg

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Lecture 9: Building a bibliography
It is difficult to overstate the usefulness of the main classical
dictionaries (which, as the textbook points out, are really
encyclopedias): the one-volume Oxford Classical Dictionary
(usually referred to as just the OCD; make sure you use the most
recent third edition of 1996 (revised slightly in 2003), edited by
Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth); and the multi-volume
Brill’s New Pauly.
oNote that both of these are available online through the UofT
library website.
The Cambridge Ancient History volumes have both narrative and
thematic chapters (though note for example that in the two volumes
(5 & 6) that deal with classical Greece, most of the thematic
treatments are in volume 6). Again, make sure you use the current
edition (usually the second); some go back to the 1980s, but others
are more recent (especially those on the Roman empire). All also
available online through the UofT library website.
Collections of important ancient textual sources are available in
very many sourcebooks; in general decent places to start are still:
ofor the Greek world: Archaic and Classical Greece: A Selection of
Ancient Sources in Translation (1983, edited by Michael Crawford
and David Whitehead) and The Hellenistic World from Alexander to
the Roman Conquest: A Selection of Ancient Sources in Translation
(2nd ‘augmented’ edition 2006, edited by Michael Austin), both
published by Cambridge University Press.
ofor the Roman world: Naphtali Lewis and Meyer Reinhold’s
venerable Roman Civilization: Selected Readings in two
volumes: 1 on The Republic and the Augustan Age, and 2 on
The Empire. (3rd edition 1990).
Don’t forget that often your textbooks for other courses (especially
200-level CLA courses, where they use them) are likely to have up-
to-date suggestions for further reading on many topics.
Heed the textbook’s warning on Wikipedia. Some of the articles are
very good, but take nothing on trust and follow up the references
(assuming there are any – it’s often a bad sign if there aren’t).
Some of the most useful things that appear in internet searches can
be course syllabuses and handouts from this and other universities.
L’Année philologique (to which UofT usually maintains a
subscription...) online can be a great asset, but note that it does not
allow you to enter your own search terms, requiring you instead to
use its (often rather broad and/or vague) subject headings. If you
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