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Greek Literature



I. Purpose:
To support undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through the Ph.D. level and research at all levels in classical Greek literature and to a lesser extent in Byzantine and Modern Greek literature. Greek literature is of interest not only to faculty and students of the Department of Classics, but also, when in English translation, to those in Comparative Literature, Drama, Speech, and English (which offers courses in Greek literature in translation).

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: The primary language of collection is Greek (classical, Byzantine, and modern). English translations of literary texts are also acquired, and scholarly editions in other European languages are selectively purchased. Critical works on Greek literature are acquired in English, German, French, and Italian, with selective purchases in other European languages.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Main emphasis is on the classical Greek period (8th century B.C. through 3rd century B.C.).

C. Geographical Guidelines: Not applicable.

D. Treatment of Subject: Texts, translations, and critical works are acquired. Popular works and elementary textbooks are not normally purchased.

E. Types of Material: Acquisitions include periodicals (specifically on classical literature, as well as some more inclusive journals, such as the serials of academies and societies), reference books (bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, histories of classical scholarship), monographs, and monographic series. Dissertations and theses from other universities are purchased in very restricted numbers, usually in microform.

F. Date of Publication:Both current and non-current works are purchased. In the case of non-current publications there is ordinarily no preference given to original printings or editions as opposed to later editions or reprints.

G. Other General Considerations: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has books and manuscripts that supplement the holdings in Greek literature. For collection policy on works dealing with the Greek language, see the statement on Linguistics; for classical history, see the statement on History.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Ancient Greek Literature: Includes both Literary Texts and Critical Works. Literature is to be defined as the total preserved writings in Greek rather than limiting it to that part notable for literary form or expression. Such items as inscriptions, tax rolls, fragments, and graffiti are included. *The titles in MAIN are mainly English translations and bilingual Greek-English texts selected to meet the needs of users outside the Classics Department. Most are selected from gifts to The University of Texas Libraries. PA 3000-4500 Classics Library
* PCL (MAIN)
D[4]
B[2]
Classics
Byzantine and Modern Greek literature: Selected Texts, Translations, Commentaries, Studies, and Literary Histories PA 5000-5665 PCL (MAIN) B[3] Classics

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