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History of the Ancient World and Early Christianity

 
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General Information about the Ancient World
Ancient Greece and Rome
Judaism and Early Christianity
Africa and the Orient
 

 

 

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How to use this subject guide

The John Paul II Library offers many different sources of information about the ancient world. Print reference sources available on the first floor can be used to locate the borders of countries in years past, map military campaigns and identify key figures in the different eras. Many of the print reference resources, like encyclopedias, have bibliographies that give book or journal titles for further information on the subject covered. The JPII Catalog can be searched for books available on the second floor or through OhioLINK.

Electronic resources are another way to find information at the JPII Library. Databases, such as Academic Search Premier or Humanities Index, can be used to locate articles from thousands of journals. Or your search can be narrowed to journal titles that cover specific subject areas, like the Catholic Historical Review or Classical Philology.

The sources listed here can help you start your research but are only a part of the resources available to you through the library. If you have any questions, ask the librarians for help.

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General Information about Ancient Civilizations - Covers all time periods
 
 
Online Resources
 
Databases
Academic Search Complete - the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 5,300 scholarly publications, including more than 4,400 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 9,300 journals in the collection. This database is more extensive than Academic Search Premier, which it replaced.
    
Religion and Philosophy Collection -Index, abstracts, and full text covering such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Includes or has links to full text
 
Humanities International Complete - Full-text from hundreds of internationals journals and books. Includes all data from Humanities International Index.
 
Old Testament Abstracts  -  features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology and philology.
 
    
JSTOR
 
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Web Sites
The World Wide Virtual Library - History - Central Catalog
 
Classical and Medieval History Websites -  Prepared by Library of Congress staff, this links to journals and other internet sites dealing with classical studies.
 
Primary Sources
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - links to primary sources
 
Internet Classics Archive - Includes 440 browseable classical Greek and Latin texts in English translation. Josephus, Aristotle
 
Perseus - A project to digitize sources from ancient times, both in the original language and English. It is searchable by keyword and there are links from within the texts to other references of the term or person mentioned.

Primary Documents - 4000 BC to 399

 

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Online Journals
American Journal of Philology - Features articles about literary interpretation and history, textual criticism, historical investigation, epigraphy, religion, linguistics and philosophy.
 
Mnemosyne - Focuses on all aspects of the ancient world, including inscriptions, papyri, language, religion and philosophy.
 
Other Online Resources
Oxford Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
 
Oxford Guide to People and Places in the Bible

Oxford Companion to the Bible

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Print Resources
 
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
The Oxford Classical Dictionary - Reference, First Floor  DE5 .O9 1996 
 
Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World - Reference, First Floor  DE5 .L29 1999
 
Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places - Reference, First Floor BS635.2 B34
 
Maps and Atlases
Atlas of Classical History - Reference, FIrst Floor  G1033 A83
 
The Historical Geography of Europe - Reference, First Floor D21.5 F7
 
Histories
The Cambridge Ancient History - Reference, First Floor D57 .C2
 
A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 BC   - Second Floor BS62.2 V36 2004
 
 
Timelines and Chronologies
The Timetables of History - Reference D11G78
The People's Chronology - Reference D11 T83
 
 
General
Reference Sources in History - Reference D20 .F75 2004

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Greece and Rome

Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization

Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

Oxford Classical Dictionary

Who's Who in the Classical World

Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology - This web site gives a scan of the actual dictionary page, plus it shows the page again with active links to other terms in the dictionary.

Online Journals

Classical Philology - Presents papers on Greek and Roman languages and literature, history, philosophy, religion, art and society.
 

 

Praeger Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Civilization - Reference, First Floor DF16 D51

The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c. 1000-264 BC) - Second Floor DG233 C67 1995

The Ancient Greeks: New Perspectives - Reference DF77 B92 2004
 
The Romans: New Perspectives - Reference DG77 M4 2004

 

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Judaism and Christianity

Old Testament Abstracts  -  features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology and philology.
    
New Testament Abstracts - contains article, review, book and software abstracts. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985.
    

Oxford Guide to People and Places in the Bible

Oxford Companion to the Bible
 
Oxford Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
Online Journals
Journal of Early Christian Studies - Focuses on the study of Christianity in the context of late ancient societies and religions from 100-700 AD.
 
 
 
 
Ancient Canaan and Israel: New Perspectives - Reference DS121.55 G57 2004
 
Ancient Mesopotamia: New Perspectives - Second Floor   DS69.5 M385 2005
 
The Building of Christendom - Second Floor BR145.2 C37
Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World - Reference, First Floor  DE5 .L29 1999
 
Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places - Reference, First Floor BS635.2 B34
The Oxford History of the Biblical World - Second Floor BS635.2 O94 1998
 
The Oxford History of Christianity - Second Floor BR145.2 O85

Atlas of the Early Christian World - Reference, First Floor  G1046 .E4 M6

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Africa and the Orient

Online Journals
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research - Publishes essays on art, archaeology, history, anthropology, literature, philology and epigraphy of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean world from the Paleolithic period through early Islamic times.
 
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies - Carries unparalleled studies of the languages, cultures and civilizations of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East from ancient times to the present.

 

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Last updated December 14, 2009