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Latin Literature



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the Ph.D. level in classical Latin Literature and, to a lesser degree, in Medieval Latin literature. In addition to the interests of the Classics Department, Latin Literature in English translation is useful to such programs as Comparative Literature, Drama, Speech, and English, and later Latin Literature is often of substantial importance to students of Germanic and Romance Literary History.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: The primary language of the collection is Latin with English translation of literary texts also being acquired. Scholarly editions in other European languages are selectively purchased. Critical works on Latin Literature are acquired in English, German, French, and Italian with selective purchasing in other European languages.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Main emphasis is on the literature of the Golden and Silver Ages (70 B.C. to A.D. 138).

C. Geographical Guidelines: Not applicable.

D. Treatment of Subject: Scholarly works and literary texts are collected; 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 works, (bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and 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 reprintings.

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

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP[NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Ancient Latin Literature PA 6000-6971
Classics D[4] Classics
Texts, translations, and critical works are collected. Literature is defined as the total preserved writings in Latin 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 Golden and Silver Ages (70 B.C. to A.D. 138) receive the greatest scholarly attention. - - - -
Early Christian literature is classified BR60-67 by the Library of Congress classification and is usually selected by the Religion Bibliographer. - - - -
The Titles in PCL (MAIN) are mainly English translations and bilingual Latin-English texts selected to meet the needs of users outside the Classics Department. Most are selected from gifts to The University of Texas Libraries. - 2 *PCL (MAIN) B[2] Classics
Medieval & Modern Latin Literature PA 8001-8595
PCL (MAIN) C[3] Classics
Texts, translations and critical works are collected. A narrow definition of literature is used. - - - -
Non-literary Latin titles will be selected by appropriate bibliographer, e.g. the Religion Bibliographer selects theology. - - - -

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