Online Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and other overviews

A Companion to the Roman Army  search by contents, chapter

Gale Virtual Reference  search for battle, person, place etc

The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome - search alphabetically or within the work

Oxford Reference Online  search for battle, person, place etc

Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens  search by contents, chapter

Paper Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and other overviews

From the Library catalog, type in keyword search or visit following locations:

Oxford Classical Dictionary - DE 5 O9 (PCL, CLA), or online through the Library catalog

Historical dictionary of ancient Greek warfare - U 33 S64 2002 (PCL)

Battles of the Greek and Roman worlds - D 25 A2 M66 2000 (CLA REF)

The complete Roman army - U 35 G6495 2011 (CLA)

Additional sources may be found through the Library catalog using subject or keyword searches, for example:

Battles, Greece
Battles, Rome
Military history-dictionaries
Military history-encyclopedias

Finding Military History Sources

Some of the dictionaries noted above will cite the source of the military histories. In some cases you may need to look up authors’ names or titles from a list of abbreviations found in the first few pages of the dictionary. English translations of the cited works may be found online and in print.

Two (free) Internet sites, which have full-text English translations of selected works, are:

Tufts University’s Perseus Project

MIT’s The Tech Classics Archive 

Printed translations of both Greek and Roman works are available in a set of volumes called the Loeb Classical Library. You will find these volumes in PCL and CLA using a keyword search. Enter keywords: [name of author] Loeb.  (For example: Thucydides loeb or Tacitus loeb)

Finding Articles On Military History

Academic OneFile  search for battle, person or place etc

Academic Search Premier  search for battle, person or place etc

L’Annee Philologique select advanced search keyword etc, battle, person or place in “full text”; then you can limit to English language articles under filters

JSTOR select advanced search keyword etc, battle, person or place etc

Encyclopedia of Ancient History  search by advanced search, subject, keyword etc 

Subject Specialist

Gina Giovannone

Classics Library - Library Specialist


Call: (512) 495 4690


Shiela Winchester

Classics Library - Head Librarian


Call: (512) 495 4254