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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

With a few exceptions, the collections can be accessed and requested through the library catalog. Finding aids for individual collections are linked on this website. Materials are available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours. Materials do not circulate. 

Finding Aids for Classical Antiquity

Albert and Mary Louise Lord Collection


Albert Bates Lord and Mary Louise Lord’s private libraries were donated by the Lord family to the University of Missouri Libraries in 2010. John Miles…

Cuneiform Tablets


Special Collections holds eight cuneiform tablets whose exact provenance is unknown. Seven of the tablets were donated to MU Libraries by the…



The Department of Rare Books and Special collections maintains a small collection of incunabula (European books printed before 1501) and early printed…

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts


The collection is available to all researchers. Request materialsfor use in the Special Collections reading room. These materials have been collected…

Pages from the Past Collection

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Pages from the Past is a collection of original manuscript and rare book leaves compiled and sold by a New York book dealer Alfred W. Stites from 1964…

Rare Books


The Rare Books Collection is the default designation for materials in Special Collections that are acquired as individual items. Like Special…

Thomas Moore Johnson Collection of Philosophy

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Biographical Sketch Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) was an attorney, collector, and student of philosophy in Osceola, Missouri. Though his formal…

Walter Miller Library

Biographical Sketch Walter Miller (1864-1949) was a classicist and archaeologistresponsible for the first American excavation in Greece. He received…

Related Exhibits

Life and Letters in the Ancient Mediterranean


This exhibit brings together the strangeness and familiarity of the ancient past, concentrating in particular on the literary and intellectual...

Science of Love


This exhibit presents the many faces of love as they appear in the literature of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and...

Selected Items

Aristotelous Peri kosmou, pros Alexandrou : Aristotelis De mundo liber, ad Alexandrum : cum versione latina Gulielmi Budaei


4 unnumbered pages, 76 pages, 8 unnumbered pages ; 15 cm (12mo)
ESTC: "The attribution to Aristotle is doubtful."
First five words of title…

Ioãnis Sulpitii Verulani in singulos Pharssaliæ Lucani libros argumenta necnon eiusdem & Omniboni Vincentini in totum volumen cõmentarios


itle in cited sources: Accipe candidissime lector Ioãnis Sulpitii Verulani in singulos Pharssaliæ Lucani libros argumenta ...
Caption title p. [13]:…

Metamorphoses. Italian & Latin


Title from half-title of Liber primus.
Leaves numbered in pencil: 1-512.
Each book has separate half-title page.

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