Rare books are occasionally acquired, if necessary. The period covered by Classics courses extends from prehistoric times to the present, but the main emphasis is from the eighth century B.C. to the fifth century AD. # Publications acquired range in date from the invention of printing to the present with the major emphasis on publications of the last 100 years. The Department actively seeks second-hand and antiquarian publications of out-of-print standard works needed to support teaching and research.,
- Books: current publications and out-of-print: editions, anthologies, commentaries, lexicons, archaeological reports, monographs, critical works, works on metre, scholia, indexes, monograph series, occasional publications, etc.
- Periodicals: current and backfile: in general it is the Department's policy not to recommend publications in microform, but some scarce and important items are available only in that form.
- Microforms: occasional scarce publications are obtained in this form, e.g. Scholars Press Papyrology on Microfiche; the photo graphical archive of the American Academy in Rome. It is often impossible to obtain doctoral dissertations except on microfilm.
- Facsimiles of manuscripts and of ancient works in non-Western alphabets are occasionally acquired.
- Theses from German universities, especially of the period from about 1875 to the present, are acquired in large numbers. These are necessary for the graduate work and research of the department.
- Plans, maps, etc. of ancient sites, cities, etc. are acquired. These include historical maps and atlases but, generally speaking, not rare maps.
- Transactions of learned societies, symposia, and proceedings of international conferences, etc. are acquired.
- Bibliographies, including specialized bibliographies on particular authors or subject areas, are acquired. Lists of the holdings of major Classics libraries (e.g. the Widener shelf-lists) are acquired.
- Encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries and other works of reference are acquired.
Types of Material Excluded
- Recordings and tapes: the Department has no intention at present of building up a collection of these, though occasional acquisitions may be recommended.
- Slides: the Department purchases its own slides for instructional purposes, and these are currently housed in the Slide Library of the Art and Art History Department.
There are overlaps between the collection policy of this Department and those of the Departments of History, Art and Art History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. It has not been possible to devise clearly defined, comprehensive formulae to deal with these overlaps. There is a measure of cooperation between departments and some agreements of a general nature. The long 18th century (c.1650-1800), Russell and the 20th century, and Cultural Studies have been declared Faculty of Humanities priority areas for resource allocation. ,
Classical Language and Literature
Greek and Latin philology, language, and linguistics. (A)
Ancient Greek literature. (A)
Ancient Roman literature. (A)
Modern Greek literature. (C)
Mediaeval and later Greek and Latin texts. (B)
Classical Philosophy (A)
Classical Art and Archaeology (A)
Classical History (A)
Palaeography and Papyri (B)
History of Classical Scholarship (B)
Classical Science and Medicine (B)
Classical Religion and Mythology (B)
Classical Law (B)
Greek and Roman Epigraphy (A/C)
Greek and Roman Numismatics (B)
Arts and Social Sciences