Classics: Key resources

A guide to resources at Monash University Library for Classical Studies

Books in the library

The Monash libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to use Search.  The following call numbers may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves of the Matheson library's general collection.

Number Subject
292 Classical (Greek & Roman) religion
305.40938 Historical, geographic, treatment of women in Greece to 323 AD
870 Italic literatures Latin
871 Latin poetry
873 Latin epic poetry & fiction
880 Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
881 Classical Greek poetry
882 Classical Greek drama
883 Classical Greek epic poetry & fiction
913 Ancient world
930 History of ancient world
937 History of ancient world Italy

History of ancient world Greece

Primary sources

Primary sources for Ancient Cultures and Classics, in online, print and microform formats can be found in:

Primary sources for humanities guide

Fragment of Homer's Odyssey

(Image: Unknown, Fragment of Homer's Odyssey. Image courtesy of Getty Search Gateway, J P Getty Museum.)

Consult the guide to find relevant sources including images, archaeological data, original classical works, artefacts, newspapers and more.

Secondary sources

Databases are essential for uncovering research published in scholarly sources in your area of interest. Consult several

Key classics databases

to find journal articles, books, theses, conference papers and much more on your area of interest. 

General reference databases

Online reference resources:


Newspapers often report new archaeological findings around the world. The Library subscribes to major newspapers around the world through databases such as Factiva and Newsbank.

Online copies of selected sections are available via the internet at the newspapers web address, for example, Access to these is usually available for 1-2 weeks.

Google sometimes links to newspapers articles but the fulltext is not always available.

The Library provides archival access to many newspapers in microfilm. The details are available in the catalogue and there is a country approach on the Library newspapers page