New editions of Homer’s Works now available – Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

16 Scholarly editions of the works of Greek Poet, Homer, are now available online. This includes: 

Translations in verse and prose from the Oxford World’s Classics series

Volumes from the Oxford Classical Text series, for example, D. B. Monro and T.W. Allen’s edition of the Iliad and Odyssey 

Texts with translations, and commentary notes, including A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey, Volumes 1, 2 and 3

You can visit Homer’s author page to browse all the works which are now available.  

The update also includes an addition to the Greek Comedy module: 

Aristophanes: Aharnians, Knights, Wasps and Peace by Stephen Halliwell. 

This brings the total number of editions available online to over 1,700, which is the equivalent to more than 850,000 print pages. 

Visit the Classics Faculty LibGuide for access to more resources in Classics.


BAR Digital Collection : access until 1 July 2020

Cambridge University members have access to BAR Digital Collection until 1 July 2020.

Please send your feedback using the online form.

The new Bar Digital Collection contains 3500* international academic archaeology titles covering all geographic regions and time periods.

For the first time this vast body of archaeological data will be searchable. The collection encompasses all periods from prehistory, through classical archaeology, to 20th century archaeology around the globe. These are presented in data rich monographs, edited collections of paper, excavation and site reports and conference proceedings.

*Over 3000 titles available now with a further 500+ titles to be added during 2020

You can also access this collection via the Databases A-Z.

Trial access to Oxford Research Encyclopaedias

Trial access is now enabled up to 30 November 2019 for the following disciplines from Oxford Research Encyclopaedias:

African History
American History
Encyclopedia of Social Work
Natural Hazard Science
Asian History
Environmental Science
Oxford Classical Dictionary
Climate Science
International Studies
Latin American History
Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Semitica et Classica

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Semitica et classica.

From the Brepols website for the journal:

“Semitica et Classica,  International Journal of Oriental and Mediterranean Studies, led by specialists in Eastern Mediterranean studies, philologists, archaeologists, epigraphists, philosophers, historians and linguists is directed to researchers with a particular interest in these areas of learning. The journal publishes work related to the interaction between the classical and Oriental worlds from the second millennium B.C.E. to the early centuries of Islam. The cultural area covered by the journal stretches from the western Mediterranean to the Middle East and includes Europe, Africa, and Asia up to and including the Arabian peninsula.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2008) to present.

Access Semitica et Classica via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ‘Image 0096’ by Richard Kendall on Flickr –

Syllecta Classica

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Syllecta Classica.

From the Project Muse website for the journal:

Syllecta Classica is an annual publication of the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. We specialize in publishing long, substantial articles on Classical Greek and Roman literature, history, and culture, including their modern reception. We have excellent facilities for reproducing maps, plans, and illustrations.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1989) to present.

Access Syllecta Classica via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ‘Pompeii mosaic of travelling street musicians from the Villa of Cicero, Naples National Archaeological Museum’ by Darren Puttock on Flickr –

Illinois Classical Studies

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Illinois Classical Studies.


From the JSTOR website for the journal:

Illinois Classical Studies was founded in 1976 by Miroslav Marcovich, Head of the Department of the Classics at the University of Illinois… ICS publishes original research on a variety of topics related to the Classics, in all areas of Classical Philology and its ancillary disciplines, such as Greek and Latin literature, history, archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, patristics, the history of Classical scholarship, the reception of Classics in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and beyond. ICS also publishes thematic volumes.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1976) to present.

Access Illinois Classical Studies via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Ramus archive

Access is now available via this link to the archive of the journal Ramus published by Cambridge University Press. From the editorial of Ramus, 25: “Ramus was born from these passages and has come of age”:

inde ubi uenere ad fauces graue olentis Auerni,
tollunt se celeres liquidumque per aera lapsae
sedibus optatis gemina super arbore sidunt,
discolor unde auri per ramos aura refulsit.
quale solet siluis brumali frigore uiscum
fronde uirere noua, quod non sua seminat arbos,
et croceo fetu teretis circumdare truncos,
talis erat species auri frondentis opaca
ilice, sic leni crepitabat brattea uento.
corripit Aeneas extemplo auidusque refringit
cunctantem, et uatis portat sub tecta Sibyllae. (Aen. 6. 201-11)

For the importance of the major works of classical literature is not confined to
classicists. In respect of both the significance of the issues with which they deal
and the complexity of the exploration of those issues of which they consist, the
quality of these major works is such that the understanding of them not only
brings with it the intellectual satisfaction common to achievement in all
academic disciplines but, since it increases one’s comprehension of issues
fundamental to oneself as a thinking, sentient human person, contributes
towards, and is a constituent of, the richness of one’s own experience. As the
‘humanity’ par excellence, Greek and Roman literature define what it is to be
human – Ramus, Editorial v. 1, issue 1.

Oxford Classical Dictionary : “OCD5”

Access is now available to the new, updating edition 5 of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Access the dictionary via this link.

In print since 1949, the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD) has grown from almost 160 to 6,500 entries on a wide range of topics, and has been an unrivaled single-source reference for the study of the Greco-Roman world.  With its accessible, concise entries, the OCD has long-served as a student’s introduction to richer study, as well as a trusted guide for scholars seeking a ready reference.

Sander Goldberg, Editor in Chief writes:

In planning now for a fifth edition, the OCD confronts not only the familiar challenge of keeping abreast of progress in our dynamic, multi-faceted field, but must engage with a new challenge as well. Where past generations with questions to ask habitually sought out the OCD on its shelf, an ever-growing number of potential users now reach first for one or another digital device and may often content themselves with whatever answers pop up on its screen. That trend away from the stability of print is but one sign of a significant shift in the rhythm and style of academic life. Ours is no longer the world our teachers and our teachers’ teachers knew, and there is no going back, no turning a blind eye, no recourse to half measures in the face of that change. To meet the demands of tomorrow, the OCD must today rethink the very role of a reference tool in this new digital environment. The result of that scrutiny is turning out, happily enough, to be a tremendous opportunity, well in tune with our core values. The field of Classical Studies has never itself been purely text-based: why should its devotees be restricted to research tools that are any more confined to text?

… The collapse of space restrictions will allow for richer and more detailed discussions than before, even as the capabilities of hypertext will enable readers to expand or collapse those discussions to suit their individual interests and abilities. Adding and emending text, however, is not the only change in store: a digital environment promises enrichment far beyond the capabilities of the traditional book. Entries will now be able to integrate maps, images, diagrams, sound clips, and whatever other resources not only clarify issues, but may themselves become substantive elements of the discussion. With the resources of Oxford Scholarship Online at its disposal, OCD5 will also be able to link its entries directly to ancient texts and secondary works, becoming not just a reference tool in its own right but a point of access to a much richer panoply of resources.

Visit the article in full.

“Early exploration of the Black Sea is reflected in the Argonaut story, which, although placed in the generation after the Trojan War, reflects much earlier material (the unusual properties of the Argo go back to an era when seamanship seemed more magic than craft). The Argonauts reached the mouth of the Phasis river (modern Rioni) at the southeastern corner of the Black Sea, and the quest for the Golden Fleece may represent early attempts to profit from the wealth of the remote region of Colchis.”-from the new article on exploration

Brill New Pauly supplements

Supplements to Brill’s New Pauly now available online

Cambridge has long enjoyed access to the New Pauly, “the unrivalled modern reference work for the ancient world” published by Brill, but readers have only been able to consult its supplements in print.  Now both the work and its supplements are available online.

Taking a variety of approaches, each volume provides quick access to indepth knowledge on subjects from chronological lists of rulers of the ancient world, a biographical dictionary of classists who have made their mark on scholarship, to an historical atlas and encyclopedia-type works on the reception of myth and classical literature

To search a single supplement, select the title from the dropdown on the Brill New Pauly site: Chronologies of the ancient world; Dictionary of Greek and Latin authors and texts; Historical atlas of the ancient world; The reception of myth and mythology; The reception of Classical literature; History of Classical scholarship.

Alternatively browse supplement content via the Related publications link.

Hermes (excerpt from The reception of myth and mythology supplement)

The many important depictions of H. by Claude Lorrain, meanwhile, were far removed from such pragmatic political and economic concerns. His series of paintings and drawings adapted Ovidian myth in the tradition of pastoral landscape painting to portray M.’s cattle theft, his deception of his brother Apollo and the treacherous old man Battus observing him as he makes his escape (fig.: [38 figs. 172; 217; 226; 232; 250; 261; 274; 275; 312]). One of the most affecting examples, worthy of mention here, is the Landscape with Apollo and M. (1645, Rome, Galeria Doria-Pamphilii; fig.: [38.fig. 172]). This oil painting in portrait format (55 x 45 cm) shows an Apollo lost in his violin playing, looking leftward out of the frame, while a H. we recognize by his attributes (winged hat, caduceus and winged ankles) carefully and systematically drives off all his brother’s cattle into the background to the right, into the Classicist landscape scenery, in the role of ‘crafty thief’ he had made his own since the Homeric Hymn. This unequal pair of divine brothers also suggests a contrast between the artistic, ‘Apollonian’ vita contemplativa and the alert and wily vita activa of that H. whom the ancients had without difficulty equated with the Roman god of profit. Admittedly, this contrast is smoothed out again in the spirit of the Homeric Hymn in the last picture in the series, from 1678/79 (Landscape with Apollo and M., drawing on blue paper, London, British Museum), in which the brothers already come to their accommodation and present their reciprocal gifts of lyre (to Apollo) and staff (to M.) (fig.: [38. fig. 312]).

JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z: JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection


“late byzantine cross-in-square” by fusion-of-horizons (on Flickr)

From the JSTOR website:

“The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection adds an increasingly international set of journals in disciplines including Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and Religion. Represented subdisciplines include European church history and the literature of the American West.

The collection offers a global scope. European countries including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands each contribute several titles, with an additional title published in South Korea, the Journal of Korean Religions.

The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection also complements JSTOR content in History, Music, and Classical Studies. The collection will contain at least 125 titles by completion.”

Notable titles include:

A full title list for the package can be found on the JSTOR website.

Access the various titles from JSTOR Arts & Science XIII Archive Collection via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z. Records for the titles in this archive will be available in LibrarySearch in the new year. Access to the articles will be available in LibrarySearch+ next week.