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Collection Area


General Purpose

The general purpose of the collection is to support undergraduate instructional needs and the research requirements of the faculty in most of the major areas of classical languages and literatures, ancient history and classical archaeology. The primary emphasis is on the standard Greek and Roman writers in all genres from the earliest times to the fall of Rome, and on the major archaeological sites in the Mediterranean area from pre-historic times to the late Roman Empire.

Dartmouth College Program

The several types of undergraduate major available revolve around Greek and Latin literature and classical archaeology, with varying emphasis on any one aspect. There are foreign study programs each year in Greece and Rome. Members of the faculty regularly engage in professional research.

General Subject Boundaries

The primary holdings for Greek and Latin language and literature are in Baker Library in the Library of Congress PA classification and in the Dewey Decimal System's 870-889's, which cover ancient history and culture as well. Greek and Roman history is also found in Library of Congress DE-DG, with ancillary and more general materials in the C's and in D. Archaeological materials are found in the history classifications and Dewey 913, but when the emphasis in a publication is thought to be artistic rather than historical the material may be classed in the N's and Dewey 700's and be found in the Sherman Art Library. In addition, as archaeology embraces the methods of the physical and biological sciences some materials may be found in the Kresge, Dana, and Feldberg Libraries. For related areas see the Collection Policies for History and Archaeology.


All major editions of ancient authors are collected in the original Greek and Latin and in English translation. Translations into any European languages are acquired as well if they are of major importance or otherwise fill a gap. English is the major language for secondary sources, but scholarly works are regularly acquired in French, German, Italian, and, to some extent for archaeology, Modern Greek. For students in the foreign study program there are courses in Modern Greek for which ancillary material may be bought, but for Modern Greek literature per se see the Collection Policy for Literature.

Geographic Areas

Emphasis in collecting for archaeology is on the major sites in Greece, both mainland and the islands, and in Italy, but all Greco-Roman areas in the Mediterranean, the Near East, the Continent, and Britain are covered.

Types Of Material Collected

Monographs (single and in series), periodicals, atlases, bibliographies, encyclopedias, grammars, lexicons, thesauruses, dictionaries, and corpora of various types are collected. Festschriften, textbooks, dissertations, and conference materials are acquired on a highly selective basis.

Format Of Materials Collected

The general approach to collecting for Classics is in traditional bound books and serials, but microforms, online resources, and CD-ROMs are added as appropriate and available. As stated in the Fine Arts Policy, slides are collected by the Art Department.

Special Collections and Manuscripts

There are many works in the general collections, and some in Special Collections, which, by virtue of age and rarity, can be classified as rare books. At this time, however, classical authors and fields of study are not integrated or regularly collected as specialties. The Roman poet Horace is particularly well represented in printed editions from incunabula to the present. Similarly, there are Greek and Latin manuscripts and realia in Special Collections, but there is no specific collecting intent.

Other Resources Available

Aside from resources available in other RLG libraries, there are no resources on a local or regional level which affect collection activity.

Revision History

October 1994

LC Class



William S. Moran

Current Bibliographer

Reinhart Sonnenburg

Last Updated: 8/5/16