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Classics: Books

A guide to finding information in Classics. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: Zanker power images

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Book locations

2nd Floor

180 Philosophy
184 Plato
185 Aristotle
200 Religion
292 Greek and Roman religion and mythology

3rd Floor

400 Language
470 Latin language
480 Greek language
700 The arts
722.7 Roman architecture 
722.8 Greek architecture 
733 Classical sculpture 

4th Floor

Latin literature
Latin letters
Medieval and modern Latin literature
Greek literature

Greek letters


Medieval (Byzantine) & modern Greek literature

913 & 930.1  
Ancient History


Please note that books marked as 'Large' will be in separate sections to the rest of the books.

Aeschylus 882.1
Aristophanes 882.4
Aristotle 185 & 888.5
Art, Greek (general) 709.38
Art, Roman (general) 709.37

Catullus 874.2
Cicero 875.1-875.4 & 876.1
Cinema 791.43

Demosthenes 885.6

Epicureanism 187
Euripides 882.3

Greek ethics 170.938
Greek dictionaries 483
Greek grammar 485
Greek language textbooks 488
Greek literature (general) 880
Greek oratory 885
Greek poetry 881-884
Greek satire and humour 887

Herodotus 888.1
Hesiod 883.2
Historiography 907.2
History, Egypt, Greco-Roman period 932.02
History, Greek 938
History, Roman 937
Homer 883.1
Horace 874.5

Inscriptions, Greek 481.7 Inscriptions, Latin 471.7

Juvenal 877.7

Latin dictionaries 473
Latin grammar 475
Latin language, Medieval & modern 479.3
Latin language textbooks 478
Latin literature (general) 870
Latin oratory 875
Latin poetry 871-874
Latin satire and humour 877
Literary theory 801
Livy 878.4​

​Menander 882.6

Ovid 871.2

Painting, Greek 759.938
Painting, Roman 759.937
Paleography 417
Pindar 884.5
Plato 184.1 & 888.4
Pliny the Younger 876.2
Plutarch 888.8
Pre-Socratic Greek philosophy 182

Religion & mythology, Classical 292

Sallust 878.2
Scepticism, Ancient 186
Science, Greek 509.38
Sculpture, Classical 733
Seneca 188.6 & 872.6 & 878.5
Slavery, Greek 326.938
Slavery, Roman 326.937
Sophistic and Socratic philosophy 183
Sophocles 882.2
Stoicism 188

Tacitus 878.6
Thucydides 888.2

Virgil 873.1

Warfare, Greek 355.0938
Warfare, Roman 355.0937
Women, Greek 396.0938
Women, Roman 396.0937

Xenophon 888.3

Digital Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Classical Library contains texts from 700 B.C. to 700 A.D and provides trusted English translations alongside the original Latin or Greek.

Brill's New Jacoby

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

Patrologia Graeca

Accessing online Library resources

If you are on campus you will be able to access most e-journals and e-books, and some databases, without entering a username and password because your IP address identifies you as being at the University of Reading.

For any that require a login, see the Off-campus tab.

Terms of Use

When you use our e-resources you are agreeing to our Terms of Use. Please take a moment to look at these by following the link below:

When you are off-campus you will need to login to identify yourself as a member of the University of Reading to gain access to our protected databases, e-books and e-journals. 

Your login details

You login in the same way as for Blackboard - via Microsoft. Just enter your University username followed by (e.g. and your password. If this is the first time you have logged in via this method when off-campus you will be asked to complete a Multi-Factor Authentication. For more information see:

Getting to the login page...

  • For most resources, if you follow a link from our website or catalogues your login will be picked up automatically or you will be prompted to login straightaway. 
  • If you access resources via another route you will need to look for a login option once you reach the resource you are trying to access. Look for an institutional or shibboleth login option and pick 'University of Reading' from a list of institutions. This will then pick up your login or prompt you to login. For more information about institutional login, please see the link below:
Logging in to Library resources

Watch this short video on how you login to use Library resources.

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the Logging in to the Library video on YuJa (University username and password required)

New books

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: