Reading Greek and Latin Made Easy

Dictionaries Online

GREEK

The Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon

  • The largest of the Greek-English lexica, hosted by the TLG (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae)

The Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon

  • The same lexicon, but hosted by the Perseus Project
  • Allows searching by exact word, beginning of word, end of word

Greek Morphological Analysis

  • Analyzes the form of a Greek word and gives the dictionary entry
  • Hosted by the Perseus Project

 


LATIN

Glossa:  The Lewis and Short Latin Dictionary

  • Online and downloadable to your computer

The Lewis and Short Latin Dictionary

  • A large Latin lexicon, hosted  by the Perseus Project
  • Allows searching by exact word, beginning of word, end of word

Latin Morphological Analysis

  • Analyzes the form of a Latin word and gives the dictionary entry
  • Hosted by the Perseus Project

Texts and Translations Online

LATIN

The Latin Library

  • A large, but not comprehensive database of Latin texts from the earliest Latin to present

Packard Humanities Institute, Latin texts

  • Texts are searchable by word or word fragment
  • Searches can cover all of Latin Literature, or be subdivided to include only specific authors or even specific texts

Forum Romanum

  • An umbrella site with links to the Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum, and resources for Roman History, Daily Life, and Medicine

Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum

  • A very large, but not comprehensive site of Latin texts and translations (into a variety of languages)
  • Texts range widely over time periods and topics, including late antique, medieval, and religious texts

 


GREEK AND LATIN

The Perseus Project

  • A large, but not comprehensive database of Greek and Roman materials that are out of copyright
  • Texts often include translations
  • Words within the texts are clickable and transfer to a morphological analysis (i.e., description of the form) and dictionary entry

Bibliotheca Augustana

  • A site that includes major literary works from Latin, Greek, and a variety of other linguistic traditions
  • Works may be browsed chronologically or alphabetically
  • Esoteric works may be present but often incomplete

Grammars Online

GREEK

Smyth Greek Grammar

  • An online version of the classic Greek grammar

Smyth Greek Grammar

  • The same grammar, hosted by The Perseus Project

 


LATIN 

Allen and Greenough New Latin Grammar

  • An online version of the classic Latin grammar.  You can search through the index and click on links directly to the topic of interest to you.

Allen and Greenough New Latin Grammar

  • The same grammar, hosted by The Perseus Project

Epigraphy (Inscriptions) Online

GREEK EPIGRAPHY

Packard Humanities Institute, Greek Epigraphy

  • A very large but non-comprehensive searchable database of Greek epigraphy
  • Note that, as with Latin inscriptions, you must be aware of common misspellings and pronunciations.
  • Greek has the  added difficulty that different cities used different versions of the Greek alphabet, so an eta in one dialect might be represented by an epsilon in another.  Likewise, some cities used alphabet characters that do not exist in the Attic alphabet (for example, the heta and the digamma).

 


LATIN EPIGRAPHY

Clauss/Slaby Epigraphic Databank

  • A very large but non-comprehensive searchable database of Latin epigraphy
  • Note that epigraphical texts are not carefully edited like literary texts and were not necessarily written by the most literate members of society, so in order to search successfully, you will need to pay attention to common alternate spellings, misspellings, and pronunciations.  For example, “uxor” might also be spelled “uxsor”, “uxxor”, or “uxssor”.

What's in the Library?

The PLU library has many great resources for Classics.  It has excellent holdings of Greek and Latin texts as well as extensive scholarly work on those texts.  This guide lists the most important series of ancient texts.  For discussion on how to find scholarship, visit the “Doing Research” and “Where to Start” guides below.  You may also want to check out the PLU library’s Research Guide for Classics.


TEXTS 

The Oxford Classical Text:OCTs

  • Along with the Teubners and the Budés, the Oxford Classical Texts (or “OCTs”) are the premier editions of Classical texts, published by Clarendon Press at Oxford University.  They have a navy cloth cover and a light blue (for Greek texts) or light green (for Latin texts) book jacket.

The Teubner Library:


TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS 

The Loeb Classical Library:

  • LoebsFounded by James Loeb in 1911, the mission of the Loeb Classical Library is to bring Greek and Latin texts to all people in small, handy volumes that are affordable.
  • The Loeb volumes have the original language on the left-hand page and an English translation on the right-hand page.  Greek Loebs have green cloth covers and green book jackets; Latin Loebs have red cloth covers and red book jackets.

 


TEXTS AND COMMENTARIES 

The Budés:

  • Budé(Les Belles Lettres, Collection des Universités de France, published by l’Association Gillaume Budé)
  • The Budés are the premier French editions of Classical Texts.  Unlike the OCTs and the Teubners, the Budé editions have a facing translation into French (Greek or Latin on the left, French on the right) and a commentary (in French) in the back.
  • The Budés are published in a red paper-back edition.

Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics:

  • Cambridge Green and YellowThe Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series (also known as the “Green and Yellows” or “Green and Golds” for the two-tone paper-back covers) include the Latin or Greek text, sometimes as a critical edition, and in the back have an extensive commentary.

Bristol Classical Commentaries:Bristol Commentaries

  • The Bristol Classical Commentaries, now published by Bloomsbury Academic, are also known as the Blues and Oranges, for the blue paperback covers of Latin texts and the orange paperback cover of Greek texts.
  • These include an introduction to the particular author or text, the text itself, and an extensive commentary aimed at the advanced undergraduate