Finding Ancient Texts in the Local Catalog
To find translations of ancient texts try searching the Local Catalog for:
- The language name and the truncated version of the word "translation."
- For example: Sumerian translat*
- The words "ancient" "texts" and the truncated version of the word "translation."
- For example: ancient texts translat*
- The language name and the phrase "translations into English."
- For example: Egyptian "translations into English"
See also this guide from the University of Kansas for hints on finding ancient Chinese sources. Search the titles mentioned by Kansas in the Local Catalog
Databases and Directories
This lists primary source databases and directories of primary sources. Also see the secondary sources guide.
- Acta Sanctorum (Proquest)Provides access to an electronic version of the complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum, including prefaces, original texts, critical apparatus, and indices. This collection of documents examines the lives of saints, arranged according to each saint's feast day.
- Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (Brepolis)Contains over 1300 Celtic-Latin texts from the period 400-1200 A.D. Access to this resource has been underwritten by the OU College of Arts and Sciences.
- Aristoteles Latinus (Brepolis)Medieval Greek-Latin translations of Aristotle's works.
Access to this resource has been underwritten by the OU College of Arts and Sciences.
- Internet Ancient History Sourcebook (Fordham Univ.)Provides and organize texts for use in classroom situations. This site focuses on online texts, which, for the most part, means public domain texts translated more than 75 years ago.
- Internet Medieval Sourcebook: Full Text Sources (Fordham Univ.)Includes Church Councils, Islam, Medieval Thought, Reformation Texts and more.
- Library of Latin Texts (Series A and B; Brepolis)Series A consists of Latin texts from the beginning of Latin literature through the Second Vatican Council; Series B provides access to Latin texts of all periods and genres. Access to this resource has been underwritten by the OU College of Arts and Sciences.
- Loeb Classical LibraryProvides access to important works of ancient Greek and Latin literature. Access to this resource has been underwritten by the Classics Department.
- Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Brepolis)Access to published sources for the study of German history from the end of the Roman Empire to 1500.
- Patrologia Latina (Proquest)Full text of the 221 volumes of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865).
- Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae is a digitized collection of most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. NOTE: Individual user registration is required to access subscribed material.
- Translated Texts for Historians E-Library (Liverpool)Provides a wide variety of texts from 300-800 AD, translated from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian, Armenian and Old Irish, as well as notes on content, interpretation and debates. Library has access to volumes 1-89.
- TrismegistosAn interdisciplinary database of papyrological and epigraphic resources on Egypt and the Nile valley between roughly 800 BC and AD 800. Includes texts in a variety of languages from Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Egypt, as well as a database of people and placenames found in Greco-Roman Egypt.Access to this database is provided by the Department of Classics and Letters.