Western & World Classics

Additional Western & World Classics Resources


Online Texts

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts A searchable “collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy ... [designed] to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education.”
Banned Books Online A "“special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts.”
Bartleby.com “The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”
Bible Gateway The Bible in more than 70 languages and 180 versions.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library “The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.”
Complete Works of William Shakespeare Since 1993, “the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”
Digital Book Index “Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites.”
Early Christian Writings “Early Christian Writings is the most complete collection of Christian texts before the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The site provides translations and commentary for these sources, including the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers, and some non-Christian references.”
Early Jewish Writings “Early Jewish Writings is the most complete collection of Jewish documents from antiquity with translations, introductions, and links.”
[email protected] Free ebooks of works that are in the public domain in Australia, available in several formats.
Great Books and Classics “Your gateway to Great Books online,” linking to a variety of text resources.
HathiTrust Digital Library “HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.”
Internet Archive eBooks and Texts “The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks.”
Internet Classics Archive “Bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994,” including “441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors.”
Internet History Sourcebooks Project

A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use, including:

  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
  • Internet Medieval History Sourcebook
  • Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Internet Sacred Text Archive “This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.”
LibriVox LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then release the audio files back onto the net for free.
Logos Virtual Library “A collection of literary, philosophical, and theological electronic texts.”
My Harvard Classics Internet access to the “five foot shelf” of Harvard Classics provided by a private company .
Online Books Page Run by the University of Pennsylvania library and “[l]isting over 2 million free books on the Web.”
Perseus Digital Library The Perseus Digital Library (also known as the Perseus Project and the Perseus Hopper) is a digital library project of Tufts University. The project assembles digital collections of humanities resources. It is hosted by the department of Classics and mirrored by the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany, as well as by the University of Chicago.
Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks previously published by bona fide publishers that have been digitized and diligently proofread by volunteers.
Some Texts from Early Modern Philosophy “On this site you will find versions of some classics of early modern philosophy, and a few from the 19th century, prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought.”
University of Oxford Text Archive “The University of Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, in research, teaching and learning.”

Supplemental Information

AncientGreece.org AncientGreece.org is a private collection of images, thoughts, and resources about Ancient Greece.
Classical Literature “A basic level guide to some of the best known and loved works of prose, poetry and drama from classical antiquity.”
Demos A digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that describes the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE.
Didaskalia Didaskalia is a peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to the study of all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman performance.
Electronic Resources for Classicists, The Second Generation The second generation of a comprehensive list of online resources for classicists.
Encyclopedia Mythica An award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania.
Hestia Using a digital text of Herodotus’ Histories, Hestia uses web-mapping technologies such as GIS, Google Earth and the Narrative TimeMap to investigate the cultural geography of the ancient world through the eyes of one of its first witnesses.
Literary Encyclopedia “The Literary Encyclopedia was founded in 1998 with the aim of providing a reliable scholarly online literary reference work for English-language readers, primarily in higher education.” Subscription required.
Livius Livius is a website on ancient history written and maintained since 1996 by the Dutch historian Jona Lendering. The website is largely not for profit, permitting users to make non-profit use photos and text.
Modernism Lab at Yale University “The Modernism Lab is a virtual space dedicated to collaborative research into the roots of literary modernism.”
Plato and His Dialogues A website in English and French by an independent scholar.
Pleiades Pleiades gives scholars, students, and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, and share historical geographic information about the ancient world in digital form.
Poetry Foundation “The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”
Poetry in Translation “[M]odern high-quality translations of classic texts by famous poets, plus original poetry and critical works.”
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy An dynamic encyclopedia of philosophy in which each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field and all entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board.
Theoi Greek Mythology More than 1,500 pages profiling the Greek gods and other characters from Greek mythology and 1,200 full sized pictures.

Classics Lifestyle

Classical Wisdom Weekly Classical Wisdom Weekly provides weekly information, commentaries and opinions on Ancient Greek and Latin literature both online and through e-mail publications.
Classics Club A blog-of-blogs designed to “unite those of us who like to blog about classic literature, as well as to inspire people to make the classics an integral part of life.”
Classics Confidential Weekly short interviews of experts on various aspects of the classical world.
Lapham’s Quarterly Laphams Quarterly is a literary journal that collects fiction, nonfiction, poems, and essays from over four thousand years of history, gathered around selected themes.
Literary Classics Online Book Club Online reading and “discussion” via blog posts and social media of six classic books per year.

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