Classical Antiquity

Special Collections holds materials related both to classical texts and archaeological antiquities.  Particular areas of strength include a large collection of documents related to ancient philosophy, especially Plato, Aristotle, the Neoplatonists, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, and works by ancient and medieval authors who have a significant place in the history of Western ideas more generally.  Special Collections also has around 100 editions of Ovid’s works, especially illustrated editions and editions from the 16th century, and a collection of archaeological antiquities, particularly 19th and early 20th century descriptions, often illustrated, of major Greek, Roman, and Egyptian archaeological sites. Included in this area are around 300 books and periodicals the Walter Miller Collection, donated by the Department of Classical Studies in 2017.

How to Use the Collection

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

Finding Aids for Classical Antiquity