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A Guide to Classics Resources

A research guide to resources for the study of classical philology and ancient history at Washington University Libraries and on the Web.

Classics Call Numbers

Call Numbers

Washington University Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. For the most part, material for the study of classical antiquity is located in the classes PA "Classical Philology and Literature," and DE, DF, and DG, for general Mediterranean, Greek, and Roman history respectively. However, a substantial amount of relevant material is distributed elsewhere in the classification system, largerly according to the subject matter of the work.

Editions of works in the original languages are, as a rule, classified under call number PA, with occasional exceptions. Translations of classical literary works (e.g. poetry, drama) are classified under PA; however, translations into English of "nonliterary" works, such as history, philosophy, and geography are usually classified according to their subject matter--so, for example, translations of Plato and Aristotle will in the "B's". Classifications of commentaries and secondary literature on such works is a bit less consistent.

PA: Philology & Literature

PA: Classical Philology

  • PA1–9 Periodicals
  • PA51–85 History, study & teaching
  • PA111–199 Greek & Latin Language
  • PA201–1179 Greek Philology & Language
    • PA600–691 Hellenistic (κοινή) Greek
    • PA700–791 Biblical Greek
    • PA1001–1179 Medieval & Modern Greek
  • PA2001–2995 Latin Philology & Language
  • PA3000–3049 Classical Literature (In General)
  • PA3050–5868 Greek Literature
    • PA3300–3371 Papyri
  • PA6000– Latin Literature

D History

D: History

  • D51–90 Ancient History (General)
  • DA145–147 Roman Britian
  • DC62–63 Roman Gaul
  • DE The Greco-Roman World
    • DE1–15 General
    • DE27–31 Geography
    • DE46–73 Culture and Civilization
    • DE80–98 History
  • DF1-500 Ancient Greece (to c. 323 A.D.)
    • DF10–16 General
      • DF10 Periodicals
      • DF12 Sources & Documents
    • DF75–135 Civilization & Culture
    • DF207–241 History
      • DF207–218 General
      • DF220–241 By Period
      • DF251–289 Local History
  • DG1–399 Ancient Italy, Rome to 476 A.D.
    • DG11–16 General
      • DG11 Periodicals
      • DG13 Sourcebooks
    • DG42–70 Local and Regional History
      • DG61–69 City of Rome
    • DG75–190 Civilization & Culture
    • DG201–365 History
      • DG221–365 History by Period

Other Call Numbers

Classics Outside the D's and PA's

B108–708 Ancient Philosophy

BL700–820 Classical Religion and Mythology

BR160–240 Early History of Christianity

CE21–46 Ancient Chronography, CE42–46 Greek & Roman Calendars

CJ201–1400 Ancient Numismatics. Many of these works are at the West Campus Library.

CN1–1100 Ancient Epigraphy

G82–88 Ancient Geography, G1033 Atlases of the Ancient World

GT530–580 Ancient dress and costume

GV17–35, 573 Ancient Sports and Games

HC31–39 Ancient Economic History

HD132–137 Ancient Economic History (Land), HD4844 Labor in the Ancient World

HF355–381 History of Ancient Trade and Commerce

HN910 Ancient Social History

HQ13 Ancient Sexuality; HQ505–12 The Family in Antiquity; HQ1127–1139 Women in the Ancient World

HT863 Ancient Slavery

JC51–93 Ancient Political Institutions & Theory

KJA Roman Law. Most of these titles are at the Law Library.

ML162-169 Ancient Music

N5320-5899 Fine Arts in Antiquity; NA210–340 Ancient Architecture; NA69–169 Ancient Sculpture; ND60–135 Ancient Painting, NK610–685 Ancient Decorative Arts; NK1180–1250 Ancient Decoration and Ornament; NK4645–4654 Greek & Roman Vases. Most of these titles are located at the Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library or at the West Campus Library.

P901–1099 Extinct Asian and European Languages

R126–127 Ancient Medical Works; R135 History of Ancient Medicine.

T16 Ancient Technology

U29–35 Warfare in Antiquity

Z105–115 Paleography, Z7016–7030 Bibliography of Classical Languages and Literature