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Classics: Classics Collections

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Information about collections for Classics

The major strength of the Classics Library is its collections on the Classical world of ancient Greece and Rome including literature, history, philosophy, mythology and religion, palaeography, linguistics and philology, art, sculpture, numismatics and classical archaeology. The Modern Greek collection is primarily literary, but also includes books on Byzantine and Modern Greek history.

Special Collections

Please contact the Librarian if you would like to consult any of these special collections:

  • Early printed books: Mainly on ancient classical sites collected by the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
  • Leake Collection: This is a collection of notebooks of the journeys in Greece of Colonel Leake (1777-1860), soldier and topographer.
  • Owen Collection: G.E.L. Owen studied Ancient Greek philosophy. This collection includes philosophical books, working versions of published papers and early working notes.
  • Map Collection: The Library holds maps drawn up by the War Office in the 1940s. These are of particular interest to archaeologists for their excellent topographical detail.