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Ancient World Studies, Archaeology and Classics (archived)

A guide to resources relevant to Ancient World Studies, Archaeology and Classics at the University of Melbourne Library

Finding books

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:


"ancient egypt"


"classical mythology"

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

mesopotamia AND religion

"ancient egypt" AND pyramids.

virgil AND aeneid

"classical mythology" AND art.

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

Rome AND (military OR warfare)

Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.

Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the images below.

Screenshot of subject headings in the library catalogue

As well as search the library catalogue, you can browse the library shelves at the following call numbers:

475 Classical Latin grammar
870 Latin literature
871 Latin poetry
872 Latin dramatic poetry and drama
873 Latin epic poetry and drama
874 Latin lyric poetry
875 Latin speeches
877 Latin satire and humour
880 Classical Greek literature
881 Classical Greek poetry
882 Classical Greek dramatic poetry and drama
883 Classical Greek epic poetry and fiction
884 Classical Greek lyric poetry
885 Classical Greek speeches
887 Classical Greek satire and humour
930 History of the ancient world to c. 499
930.1 Archaeology
930.1028 Techniques, procedures, apparatus, equipment, materials
932 Egypt to 640
933 Palestine to 70
935 Mesopotamia and Iranian Plateau to 637
936 Europe north and west of Italian Peninsula to c. 499
937 Italian peninsula and adjacent territories to 476
938 Greece to 323
939 Other parts of ancient world to c. 640

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)

Finding books