Encyclopedias and Reference Works (via the Library)
The reference works listed below are accessible digitally via the library usign your SUN login. Consult these before you resort to Wikipedia!
Brill’s New Pauly: Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
An encyclopedia for the study of Greco-Roman culture and its influence on modern world history. It is a practical reference work for everyday use by both experts as well as by those new to the discipline.
The Ancient Near East: An Encylopedia for Students
Useful introductory level encyclopedia with short articles on key figures, places, and concepts related to the study of ancient Western Asia.
The Encyclopedia of Ancient History
Over 5300 entries on people, places, events, and a wide variety of topics concerning the ancient Mediterranean world.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
600+ articles on ancient Egyptian civilisation, from prehistory to the seventh century CE.
Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses
https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ez.sun.ac.za/doi/book/10.1002/9781118351352More than 2,200 carefully researched entries, providing an in-depth treatment of all aspects of Virgil’s poetry and his influence that continues to the present day.
https://onlinelibrary-wiley-com.ez.sun.ac.za/doi/book/10.1002/9781118318140Over 1,600 entries examining every detail concerning the Roman army during the Republic, Principate, and Late Antique periods, with topics ranging from the lives of individual soldiers to military issues such as hierarchical command structure, tactics, strategy, and battles.
The Encyclopedia of the Roman Army
- Stellenbosch Library's page on Ancient History and Classical Studies resources:
Recommended Online Databases and Websites Related to the Study of the Ancient World
There is a lot out there, some good, some not so good. The following sites are recommended by departmental staff.
https://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/carcA searchable database of Greek vase-paintings, gems and other valuable resources related to classical art
resource for information and resources on women, gender, sex, sexualities, race, ethnicity, class, status, masculinity, enslavement, disability, and the intersections among them in the ancient Mediterranean world.
Beazley Archive and the Classical Art Research Centre:
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Timeline of the history of global art, featuring objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Iconography of Deities and Demons in the Ancient Near East
https://thebanmappingproject.com/tombs/kv-18-rameses-xEverything about the Valley of the Kings, Egypt: Maps, plans, photos, articles, bibliography
A massive Latin dictionary. The online database is open only to subscribers. However, letters A-M, O-P, and parts of N and R can be downloaded as pdfs.
Detailed, peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics in the study of ancient Egypt. Each article has a comprehensive bibliographies.
Professional Organisations in South Africa
South African Assocations