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Classical Studies

Getting Started with Primary Sources

Primary sources provide first-hand accounts of an event or topic from people directly connected to them. They can be visual, material, archeological, or written, video or audio. The sections below focus on a selection of the written and visual primary sources. Some of these are available via the library website and can be accessed with your student username and password. Some of these are freely available on the web (no username or password required). Please use the links below to find a wide range of useful sources on the Classical world! 


Primary Source Databases for Ancient and Late Antique History

Archaeological Sources

Sources in Latin

The Patrologia Latina and Acta Sanctorum contain a wide range of texts in Latin.