Loeb Classical Library

Cambridge University Library is pleased to announce access is now available to the Loeb Classical Library following a highly popular and successful trial this Michaelmas Term.



Νύμφαι μὲν χαίρουσιν, ὅτε δρύας ὄμβρος ἀέξει, Νύμφαι δ᾿ αὖ κλαίουσιν, ὅτε δρυσὶν οὐκέτι φύλλα. (Callimachus Hymn 4, To Delos)


Access the Loeb Classical Library online here.  Records for all the texts in the Libary will be in LibrarySearch by the end of next week.


Loeb Classical Digital Library

Cambridge now has trial access to the new Loeb Classical Digital Library, a digitization of the entire Loeb Classical Library’s editions of Greek and Latin literature, complete with their English translations.

“The Loeb Library, with its Greek or Latin on one side of the page and its English on the other, came as a gift of freedom… The existence of the amateur was recognised by the publication of this Library, and to a great extent made respectable… The difficulty of Greek is not sufficiently dwelt upon, chiefly perhaps because the sirens who lure us to these perilous waters are generally scholars [who] have forgotten…what those difficulties are. But for the ordinary amateur they are very real and very great; and we shall do well to recognise the fact and to make up our minds that we shall never be independent of our Loeb.”

—Virginia Woolf, The Times Literary Supplement, 1917

Access the trial of Loeb Classical Digital Library here – And please send us your thoughts on using the Loebs online by sending a message to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you!

Key features of the Loeb Classical Digital Library include:

  • Single- and dual-language reading modes
  • Sophisticated Bookmarking and Annotation features
  • Tools for sharing Bookmarks and Annotations
  • Greek keyboard
  • User account and My Loeb content saved in perpetuity
  • Intuitive Search and Browse
  • Inclusion of every Loeb volume in print
  • Regular uploading of new and revised volumes

Some of the site’s most useful tools are features of “My Loebs,” the personal accounts available to all authorized users.  Please create your own account (via the “Sign up” link at the top of each page on the site) so as to utilize the digital Loeb Classical Library’s full capabilities.

“James Loeb specified the size of his iconic volumes with a view to easy portability. He wanted each volume to fit easily inside a coat pocket. Loeb might have been delighted to know that in the second century of its existence, the entire Library – in its new digital incarnation – can fit inside a coat pocket.”

Access the trial here.  End date : 23 Nov 2014.

Image – Harvard University Press, Michael Rossi

Journal of Medieval Latin

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Medieval Latin.

Schaffhausen, Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 98: Breviarium OFM (pars hiemalis) (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/sbs/min0098)

Schaffhausen, Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 98: Breviarium OFM (pars hiemalis)

From the Brepols website for the journal:

“The Journal of Medieval Latin, commencing Autumn 1991, has been established by a group of Canadian scholars for the purpose of encouraging new and original investigations in the field of Medieval Latin language and literature. The editors seek to encourage a broad range of articles dealing with every aspect of “Medieval Latin studies”, a term that is perhaps better expressed by the German “die lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters.”

“Articles are written in English and French.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1991) to present.

Access Journal of Medieval Latin via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Journal of ancient history

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z gateway : Journal of ancient history

“The Journal of Ancient History aims to provide a forum for scholarship covering all aspects of ancient history and culture from the Archaic Period to Late Antiquity (roughly the ninth century BCE through the eighth century CE). The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles concerning the history and historiography (ancient and modern) of the ancient Mediterranean world and of neighboring civilizations in their relations with it. The journal is open to submissions in disciplines closely related to ancient history, including epigraphy, numismatics, religion and law.”

Access the Journal of ancient history via the ejournals A-Z or this link.


New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z gateway : HEROM

HEROM publishes articles on material culture from the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman world, “creating a bridge between material culture specialists and the wider scientific community, with an interest in how humans interacted with and regarded artefacts from the late 4th century bc to the 7th century AD”.  Further, it aims to clarify “the complex wider implications of such evidence for understanding a host of issues concerning the economy, society, daily life, politics, religion, history of the ancient world, among other aspects.”


Access HEROM via the ejournals A-Z or at this link.

Oxford bibliographies online: Classics

Adding to Oxford bibliographies online in Anthropology, Atlantic history, British & Irish literature, Criminology, Film and media studies, International relations, Medieval studies, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology, the University of Cambridge now has access to the Oxford bibliography online in Classics.

“The study of the ancient world is a cornerstone of Western scholarship. It possesses a long history with a rich, well-established critical literature, and it is also a highly active field, which constantly produces new discoveries, interpretations, and theories. In addition to a vast body of scholarship, Classical Studies has been quick to move online so that today’s students and researchers have ready access to key primary source texts and a range of electronic resources. Oxford Bibliographies in Classics provides students and scholars with a reliable and authoritative solution to the problem of information overload in all media.” — OUP, Classics OBO About page.

Rhizomata: a journal for ancient philosophy and science

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z gateway : Rhizomata: a journal for ancient philosophy and science

Publications in Rhizomata cover the full range of ancient philosophy, with special emphasis on the interaction between philosophy and science. Another thematic priority is the influence of ancient philosophy and its interpretation in the later tradition. Supplementing the articles, discussion notes and reviews, the journal also provides bibliographical documentation of important recently published work in the South-East European region.

Access Rhizomata: a journal for ancient philosophy and science via this link.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

New eresource : Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Attic Red-Figure Cup Fragment (detail), Akestorides Painter. Greek, made in Athens, about 470–450 B.C.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (EAGLL) is a new dictionary from Brill which assembles the most recent research from multiple disciplines such that the language of Ancient Greek is approached from many areas of interest, including its history and structure but also “schools of thought, technical meta-language, sociolinguistic issues, dialects, didactics, translation practices, generic issues, Greek in relation to other languages”.  It deploys also phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics, stylistics, as tools to analyse the language.

Access is provided via the link on the eresources@cambridge A-Z here.

Encyclopedia of Ancient History

New on eresources@cambridge A-Z : Encyclopedia of Ancient History

A fountain at The Pantheon Rome

The only comprehensive collection of twenty-first century scholarship available on the entire ancient Mediterranean world. Over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. Entries extend to all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt, and represent an unprecedented level of coverage of the ancient world.

“This is an encyclopedia of Ancient History, but one which moves well beyond the traditional confines of Greek and Roman history to embrace the Ancient Near East, Bronze and Iron Age Greece, Jewish history, and Pharaonic Egypt. Too often these various areas have been treated in isolation. This is the first encyclopedia to make Ancient History in this extended sense its focus. It enables connections to be drawn across cultures and allows readers to gain an understanding of the close relationships that existed among the civilizations of the broad geographical span from western Europe to Iran, including a chronological span from the Neolithic through the eighth century CE. Our concept of history is similarly inclusive, ranging from social and cultural to political, economic, and intellectual history.” – Introduction

Access the Encyclopedia of Ancient History via the eresources@cambridge A-Z or at this link.