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Overview of Classics

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome from the Late Bronze Age to the waning of the Roman Empire. Courses often cover the ancient Greek and Latin languages, Greek and Roman literature, and in the history, culture, and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Related subjects include: Byzantine Studies and Medieval Studies.


Dictionaries are most often collections of words in one or more specific languages, usually arranged in alphabetical order, providing information like word meanings, usage, etymology, and, when they contain more than one language, translations. Some dictionaries include information more commonly found in encyclopedias.  Encyclopedias are collections of information on terms, figures, eras, locations also arranged alphabetically, and, alongside definitions of terms, they also include more in-depth general information on a topic. Encyclopedias can be general or subject-specific.


Guides, Handbooks & Finding Aids

Reference resources like Handbooks, Guides, and Manuals provide subject-specific, sometimes technical information to aid in understanding important aspects of the discipline or subject that they treat. Finding Aids are useful for finding information within libraries, archives, or specific collections. 

Indexes and Abstracts