Classical Studies and Modern Greek

The Classical Studies collection began in 1841 with a focus on ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature. Today we actively collect materials in a broad range of disciplines connected with the study of the classical world, including literary studies, archaeology, linguistics, history, philosophy, religion, and epigraphy. 

Areas of particular strength include literary studies and the archaeology of Greece and Italy. 

The Modern Greek collection includes materials from the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the present, and covers a wide geographic range including, but not limited to, Greece, the U.S., Turkey, and Cyprus. We actively collect in a variety of disciplines such as literary studies, politics, history, and diaspora studies.

Areas of particular strength include literary studies of the 20th and 21st centuries. Items of special interest are the Pyrros Papers, a C. P. Cavafy manuscript, and a first edition of Nikos Kazantzakis' Vios kai politeia tou Alexe Zormpa.

These collections support students and faculty in the LSA department of Classical Studies and the Modern Greek Program. We collect in a broad range of formats and in various languages, such as English, German, French, Italian, and Greek.

Important related collections 

The Papyrology Collection in the Hatcher Library holds the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America.


Zachary Quint

Librarian for Classical Studies and Modern Greek


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