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Ancient Cultures Research Guide

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Table of Contents:
Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Print Resources
Online books


Search databases and indexes to find citations and/or full text for online articles, books, images, or statistics.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multi-disciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic. Click here for a search tutorial.


ARTstor Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
ARTstor is a digital library of over one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and teaching purposes. Faculty members may request "instructor privileges" which provide enhanced functionality, including the ability to create shared folders, instructor commentary, and personal collections. For further information about instructor privileges, contact Linda Roccos (718.982.4004). ARTstor Tutorials.


Brill's New Pauly - Encyclopedia Of The Ancient World Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Online edition of Brill's New Pauly, the authoritative encyclopedia of the ancient world. Fifteen volumes (Antiquity, 1-15) are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and cover more than 2,000 years of history, ranging from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. Five volumes (Classical Tradition, I-V) are uniquely concerned with the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship. Available in English and German.


Historical Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Indexes over 18,000 articles based on review of over 2,100 journals published worldwide, plus books, from 1982. Links to JSTOR are now available. Click here for a list of the journal titles indexed.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage for most journals does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines. Click here for a search tutorial.


Oxford Art Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive art reference work covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, graphic design and photography, from prehistory to the 1990s. Find artist biographies, images of art works, definitions of key terms, and encyclopedia articles on art history topics.


Oxford Reference Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of online reference books in all fields of study including dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject reference works. Search by keyword or browse titles by subject.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Project MUSE? offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

Companion to the Hellenistic World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The last three centuries BCE show the transition from the Greek world to the Roman, with old and new forms of society and culture at times warring, at times melding. This is a thorough introduction to the themes, names, and places of the time frame from the death of Alexander in 323 to the rise of Octavian as the first Roman Emperor, Augustus.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DE 86 .C65 2003


Dictionary of the Ancient Near East Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This major reference work covers Anatolia, Mesopotamia, the Levant, and the Arabian peninsula from the earliest times, through the Old Testament period, until the fall of Babylon to the Persians in 539 B.C. It describes and explains the major ideas, institutions, places, peoples, and personalities that shaped the earliest development of Western civilization. (pub.)
Location: 1st Fl Reference DS 56 .D5 2000


Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This is a topical approach to the subject, rather than the usual alphabetical listing. There are 70 chapters in sections that include the study of classics, regions, chronological periods, material culture, texts, and other information.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DE 59 .E3 2006


Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This reference work lists all the known gods through recorded history. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), as well as notes on names that may be linguistically or functionally related. (pub.)
Location: 1st Fl Reference BL 728 .C67 2000


Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
More than 500 entries on people, places, and events from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Age are included in this comprehensive alphabetical listing.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DF 16 .S23 2005


Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This volume provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary coverage of the people, places, events and ideas of this remarkable period of almost 500 years of the Empire. The updated version considers new ideas and many more themes of current interest.
Location: 1st Fl Reference DG 270 .B86 2002


Handbook of Egyptian Mythology Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The introduction covers what makes up a myth and the chronological changes in evidence for Egyptian culture (ca. 3200 B.C.E. to C.E. 400). Deities, themes and concepts compose another chapter, and a time line and section on resources provide a thorough if brief coverage of the subject.
Location: 1st Fl Reference BL2441.3 .P56 2002


Resources freely available on the Internet.

Ancient Egypt from the British Museum Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An excellent source of information about the ancient Egyptian world, including geography, funerary customs, gods and goddesses, pyramids, temples and cities, and much more.
JSTOR


Ancient Greece web site Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The site is good for general introduction to the subject, including images of the art and architecture of ancient Greece, as well as mythology and some history.


Anthropological Index Online Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Searchable index of article citations from anthropology journals at the British Museum's Anthropology Library. Includes major titles from all over the world such as Annual Review of Anthropology, Anthropology Today, Ethnology, and Journal of Material Culture.


Archaeology Study Collection from Staten Island Museum Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The collection is on loan to the College of Staten Island Library and available for view by appointment. Call Prof. Linda Roccos at 718-982-4004.


Exploring Ancient World Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
EAWC is an on-line course supplement for students and teachers of the ancient and medieval worlds. It features its own essays and primary texts. Over time it will include chapter-length histories for each of the eight "cultures" represented: The Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Early Islam and Medieval Europe.


Illustrated History of the Roman Empire Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This site is good for chronological surveys of the many aspects of Roman history, from the mythological founding of Rome through its transformation into a Christian empire.


Perseus Digital Library Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of texts, images, and maps for the study of the Humanities. Originally focused on the ancient world, the collection has since expanded to include other civilizations and time periods. Contains literary and historical materials on Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and early America.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Archaeology Journals at CSI Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Most journals for Archaeology are accessed through our journal locator.


Archaeology Journals in JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
List of journals and coverage dates in JSTOR for the study of archaeology.


Classical Studies Journals in JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
List of selected journals in JSTOR for studying classical civilizations.


Print resources available in the CSI LIbrary.

Museum Catalogs for Ancient Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A list of Museum and Exhibition catalogs in the Reference and Circulating collections of the CSI Library.


Reference Books for Ancient Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A selection of print sources held in the Reference Collection of the CSI Library


Reference Books for Greek History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A selection of books for the study of Greek art, archaeology, history, and literature, held in the Reference Collection of the CSI Library


Reserve Books for Ancient Cultures Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Selection of books on reserve in the CSI Library that can be used for ancient studies.



Cambridge Collections Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the Cambridge Companions book series with over 320 titles and 70,000 essays, which provide introductions and overviews of major topics and figures in literature, art, philosophy, and religion. Also includes the Shakespeare Survey series, a compendium of Shakespeare criticism with each volume devoted to a particular theme or group of plays. (read online)


Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Edited by: Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton (2007). History of performances from the epic stories through the Greek dramatists and the Roman plays; including acting traditions, masks, properties, playing places, festivals, religion and drama, comedy and society. (Online)


Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Edited by: Roger D. Woodard (2008). Sixteen articles trace Greek mythology from oral literature of Home through the classical dramatists, and cover the relationship between myth, art, religion and politics. (Online)


Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
From Alexander the Great through Cleopatra, this volume explores the art, literature, history, and civilizations of the Hellenistic Greek world. (Online)


Cambridge Histories Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The Cambridge Histories have become an established and essential component of the academic research library, and now, for the first time, over 290 of these well-known, used and trusted volumes are available online, adding immense value to the texts and enhancing any aspect of historical research, covering various aspects of world history including law, politics, religion, philosophy, science, and economics.


Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Essays from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture in two volumes. There is also art historical and cultural information about art forms, artists, rulers, philosophers, architecture, renowned works of art, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. (pub.)
Location: 1st Fl Reference N5610.G76 2007 (ONLINE ALSO)


Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This Companion offers articles on diverse fields such as, history and politics; ethics and morals; law and punishment; social and family life; language, literature, and art; religion and mythology; technology, science, and medicine. (Online OUP)


Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
From the first Olympic Games in 776 BC to the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180, this accessible and wide-ranging reference work draws on the groundbreaking Oxford Classical Dictionary to present more than 2,500 entries on the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. (Online OUP)


Who's Who in the Classical World Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Focusing exclusively on real people, this is a dictionary of ancient biography, covering Greek and Roman history and politics, literature, philosophy, science, and art. Shorter entries provide lucid factual accounts, while the longer entries are short essays covering major historical and cultural themes in antiquity, centred round individuals as varied as Herodotus, Socrates, Plato, Alexander the Great, and Augustus. (Online OUP)


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