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Classics 330: Theories of Myth: Primary Sources

Primary Texts in Greek


You will need some proficiency in ancient Greek to use this resource.

The TLG is a full- text database of virtually all ancient Greek texts surviving from the period between Homer (8th century B.C.) and A.D. 600, and a large number of texts deriving from the period between A.D. 600 and the fall of Byzantium in 1453. Scholia and Byzantine historiographical and lexicographical works are also included.  For assistance with using this database, consult the extensive TLG help files. If you're having trouble navigating this resource, consult with your professor.

Primary Texts in Latin

A Note on Translations

Always use the translation your professor recommends!

English translations of classical texts can differ markedly.  Most translations that are freely available on the web are in the public domain (out of copyright), which means that they are much older and reflect neithor more recent translation practices nor updated research on language and text variants.

Primary Texts

Perseus Digital Library

The Perseus Digital Library provides an extensive collection of texts (in Greek, Latin, and also English translation) and images of art and archaeological artifacts.  Note that the texts are older editions and translations that are out of copyright (so that they can be shared freely online), but they do not reflect subsequent textual scholarship and translation practices.

For best results, use the Perseus Hopper advanced search.

It also possible to browse the subcollections:

  • Author Browse (see what's available by Greek and Roman writers)

What's a primary source?

Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information.  Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions. Examples of primary sources vary by discipline.

Examples in the humanities:

  • a novel
  • a painting
  • a theatre performance

Examples in the social sciences:

  • a political, social, or economic theory
  • a dataset
  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

Example in the sciences:

  • the results of an experiment published in a peer-reviewed journal

ARTstor & Classics

ARTstor is a digital library of over a million images.  For search tips specific to Classical Studies, see the ARTstor Classical Studies sheet.