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Greek & Roman Art
Prepared by Karilyn Jaap
Materials on these subjects can be found on the third floor of the library in the classification N5630 for Greek art and N5760 for Roman art. Additional items can be located in the library’s online catalog, by using the subject headings “Art, Greek,” and “Art, Roman.”
Art Full Text. 1984 to date. Libraries of the USF System
Gives citations and abstracts for over 250 of the leading international art journals. Full text coverage begins in 1997.
Bibliography of the History of Art. 1973 to date. RLG (Libraries of the USF System Databases).
Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Indexes and abstracts articles from over 2,500 periodicals plus books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and exhibition catalogs.
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean. 3 v. DE59 .C55 1988.
Lengthy, signed articles arranged topically within broad subject areas, each concluding with a bibliography. Covers 1000 BCE to 529 CE; there is a chronology at the beginning of volume 1. The visual arts of both Greece and Rome are covered in the second half of volume 3. There is an extensive index at the back of that same volume.
Dictionary of Art. 34 v. REF N31 .D5 1996. Grove Art Online Libraries of the USF System
“An illustrated reference work that provide[s] comprehensive coverage of the history of all visual arts worldwide, from prehistory to the present.” Entries, many lengthy, are signed and carry bibliographies. Biographies range from historical figures to currently producing 20 th century artists. Volume 34 contains a thousand-page index plus an appendix of non-Western dynasties and peoples. Greek art is detailed in vol. 13 under “ Greece, Ancient,” and Roman art in vols. 26-27 under “ Rome, Ancient.”
New Century Handbook of Greek Art and Architecture. 1972. N5633 .N39.
Short entries, alphabetically arranged, give “information on Greek sculpture and architects, painters and potters, temples and shrines.” Heavily illustrated.
Handbooks and Manuals
Art of Ancient Greece: Sources and Documents. N5630 .P56 1990.
A compilation of translated passages from ancient literary sources about Greek art and architecture from 1400-31 BCE. Organized first by artistic medium and then chronologically within each section. An appendix lists the Greek and Latin authors quoted with a bibliography and an index at the back.
Art of Rome, c. 753 B.C. – A.D. 337: Sources and Documents. N5760 .P57 1983.
As with the Art of Ancient Greece (above), this is a compilation of translations from original sources on Roman art, organized chronologically. An appendix of Greek and Latin names is at the back, followed by three indexes: artists, geographical, and subject.
Atlas of the Greek World. 1980. Oversize (2 nd floor) section. DF77 .L43.
“An attempt to make sense of the ancient Greeks, of their spiritual and mental world as well as the physical world of their existence, of their history and their travels and expansion as well as their arts and their achievements.” Divided into six major sections, each highlighting a historical epoch, with expository text, maps, and full-color illustrations. A chronological table at the front includes artistic trends; a series of maps, a glossary, a bibliography, a gazetteer, and a subject index are at the back.
Handbook of Greek Art. N5630 .R49 1987b.
Subtitled “a survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece,” this lavishly illustrated volume is divided by artistic medium, with each section subdivided chronologically. Maps, notes, and a bibliography are at the back, followed by a chronology, a glossary, a list of places, and an index of names.
Handbook of Roman Art. N5760 .H36 1983.
Subtitled “a comprehensive survey of all the arts of the Roman world,” each chapter discusses a different facet of artistic medium accompanied by illustrations, some in color. At the back are a list of abbreviations, a glossary, a map, notes, a bibliography, and a subject index.
A Few Suggested Journals
American Journal of Archaeology. Print: 2002 to date. Online: 1897 to date. Refereed.
Archaeology. Print: 2002 to date. Refereed.
Art Bulletin. Print: 1997 to date. Online: 1919 to date. Refereed.
Art History. Online: 1998 to date.
Art Journal. Print: 2004 to date. Online: 1960 to date. Refereed.
Classical Antiquity. Online: 1994 to date. Refereed.