Open-access resources for the Classics-keen and curious
The Antigone team are pleased to pool together here the most useful, freely accessible Classics tools online. There are ninety-odd items as it stands, each chosen on the grounds of utility. If you think we really should have something we don’t, please drop us a line. To explore any of the sites, just click to the section you want, click on the caption of the tile you wish, and then crack on!
Every book, every article and every review can be found somewhere online. While the latter two categories are often blocked by subscription-only databases, the verygreat majority of books printed in the 571 years since Johannes Gutenberg first unleashed the printing press on Europe are freely available online. To see what we mean, try searching the following tools, in decreasing order of range and importance:
Links to out-of-copyright Teubner and Loeb texts can be found under the Greek and Latin Literature sections above.
It is trickier to trace articles and reviews in periodicals, since many are only accessible via subscription. However, the following tools may lead you discover what you are interested in:
If you see something recent that you can’t access, you may find that the author has made it available via academia.edu. If you still can’t find access to what you want, here’s an offer from the Antigone team: if you can point us to an article or review that you cannot reach, and which you need to read to advance your studies, send us a message at email@example.com, and we will do our best to send you the piece you seek.
Finally, you may feel the need to pick up a cheap copy of a book you seek, for you to read on your own terms and then treat as you wish. Most modern academic books are priced at a truly absurd cost, and even if you had the money to hand it would very probably be poorly spent. However, on the second-hand market, most books and pamphlets can be found, and at a price that isn’t silly. These are the top two places to look:
If neither of these avenues works, and if you still really want to trace a book for yourself, again, please do try us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we may be able to help (as a free favour, not a paid service)!