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Classics: Latin Language and Literature

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  • Browse the library shelves in the classification sequences for Latin Language and Literature


The Loeb Classical Library – this book series provides the Greek or Latin text with a parallel English translation for most authors of the Classical period. They are shelved on the 6th floor of the Central Library, most Latin authors at PA 6156.  In the Library Catalogue, you can browse the whole series by author , or search for an individual title using Advanced Search (choose Keywords/Author keywords and Series keywords loeb).

Search in a similar way to locate Latin texts in other series, such as Scriptorum classicorum bibliotheca Oxoniensis (Oxford Classical Texts) and Bibliotheca Scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana (Teubner).

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Citation Chaining

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Find Journal Articles

The Library Catalogue lists the print and electronic titles of journals held by the Library. Select the Journal title begins with search option and enter the full journal title

  • Sometimes the titles of journals in lists of Classics references have been abbreviated, making them hard to find on the Library catalogue. Here is a list of abbreviations along with the full titles that should be used in the Library catalogue

To find articles on your specific topic, use Citation Chaining and search in the recommended Classics databases


Latin Language and Literature

Central Library, Level 11  
CN 510–730 Latin Inscriptions and Epigraphy
Central Library, Level 6  
PA 1–199 Classical Philology in General
PA 2001–2915 Latin Philology and Language
PA 6001–6971 Latin Literature
PA 6001–6097    Literary History
PA 6100–6140    Collections
PA 6141–6144    Criticism, Interpretation, etc.
PA 6155–6191    Translations
PA 6156       Loeb Classical Library: Individual Authors
          (in alphabetical order) 
PA 6202–6971    Individual Authors (in alphabetical order)
PA 6235–6269       Caesar, Julius
PA 6278–6370       Cicero
PA 6393–6444       Horace
Central Library, Level 4  
PA 6482–6496       Lucretius
PA 6501–6510       Martial
PA 6519–6553       Ovid
PA 6568–6609       Plautus
PA 6611–6637       Pliny, the Elder
PA 6638–6640       Pliny, the Younger
PA 6661–6693       Seneca
PA 6705–6753       Tacitus
PA 6755–6785       Terence
PA 6801–6961       Virgil

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Grammar, Vocabulary, Composition

Texts and/or Translations

Textual Criticism