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Text Searching Resources

Below is an A - Z list of resources that can be used for text searching, many of which you must be working on a library computer to access. Some are freely available online, and have been marked with an *.

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Bibliotheca Iuris Antiqui
Full text of main judicial Roman sources. Also bibliographic information on Roman Law, other ancient laws and on general ancient history of the ancient world 1950 - 1989. Contains thesaurus of c9,000 terms relating to ancient law.

Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina Version 4, 2006
Full text of Latin texts which have appeared in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana since its foundation.

*Corpus Medicorum Graecorum / Latinorum CMG, CML, CMG Supplementum and CMG Supplementum orientale
Now freely available.

Epigraph A database of Roman inscriptions Vol VI of Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum
Search full text, cognomina, numerals etc.

Inscriptiones Graecae Eystettenses and Inscriptiones Latinae Eystettenses (1996-1999)
These are concordance and search programs of Greek and Latin inscriptions in Asia Minor. They are not a computerised edition of texts but provide references to volumes where the full text may be found.

*Inscriptions of Aphrodisias

*Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania

Brill's New Jacoby (including translations and commentary)
Brill's New Jacoby is a new edition of the 856 fragmentary historians that comprise F. Jacoby's monumental Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker Parts I-III (FGH) (see below), but with significant additions.
Each author has: a Greek text (updated from that of Jacoby where relevant); facing English translation; new, critical commentary (for the first time for authors 608-856, on which Jacoby did not write commentaries); a brief encyclopaedia-style entry about his life, works, importance, etc.; and a select bibliography.

Jacoby 2nd edition
This work is a revised and enlarged edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (BNJ). New additions include an apparatus criticus and a discussion of the provenance of each fragment where relevant, as well as revised commentaries on the ancient historians in BNJ and updated bibliographies. Like BNJ, this revised edition has texts and historians not included in Jacoby’s Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker I-III. It provides English translations to all testimonia and fragments, critical commentaries, and a brief encyclopedia-style entry about the historian’s life and works, with a select bibliography. Brill's New Jacoby, Second Edition is a work-in-progress with publication of the last historian scheduled for 2026. (Adapted from the Publisher's description.)

Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker i-iii

Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Continued. Part iv
FGrH is available in the Computer Room in the Library (online and CD-ROM).

Library of Latin Texts
Now available online in the Library. (Click 'enter databases' to access online through this link.)

Loeb Classical Library
The Library has now subscribed to this database which is available for current members of the Hellenic or Roman Societies / Institute of Classical Studies Library via the Library catalogue page. Please login using the your name and 10 digit barcode number (no spaces between the numbers).  The link to this database is via a title search - Digital Loeb Classical Library - click on "Connect to Web resource"

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum
Available online in the Computer Room in the Library. The SEG includes the printed SEG volumes, and future volumes will be added to the online edition. While the contents of the SEG Online are identical to that of the printed volumes, there are some differences in presentation and search possibilities. It is also possible to do a combined search with Jacoby / Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker.

Tesserae   The Tesserae project aims to provide a flexible and robust web interface for exploring intertextual parallels. Select two poems (from the same author or by different authors) to see a list of lines sharing two or more words (regardless of inflectional changes).
Searching is available using a listing of Greek and Latin authors.  The program produces a list of results with scores for the degree of matching between the texts. Free to use.

Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) (Greek texts) Version 'E' CD-ROM
The new online version of the TLG has many new features including statistical information. This database is only available using the computers in the Library's computer room. Use the login button and input ICSLIBRARY as the Username. Ask at the Library desk for the password. You can access the subscription-free, abridged version offsite by creating a free account.

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
This database is the largest and most detailed Latin dictionary in the world with extensive and detailed entries covering the classical period up to about 600 A.D. An encyclopedic database, based on the print dictionary of the same name. NB This is a work in progress. The TLL is only available in the Library's computer room (on Dell 3).

*Packard Humanities Institute Latin Texts (PHI) Latin Literary Texts. Now available online. Latin literary texts written before A.D. 200, as well as some texts selected from later antiquity. These texts were previously available on The Packard Humanities Institute's CD ROM 5.3.

*Packard Humanities Institute and Duke Databank of Documentary Gk Papyri /Inscriptions Currently PHI 7.0 CD-ROM which allows separate searching of Greek inscriptions, Greek Christian inscriptions or Greek documentary papyri. There is now free online access to the Greek Inscriptions database, and free online access to an updated version of Greek Documentary papyri which provides access to additional authors.

*Perseus
Version 4.0 is freely available online. It covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world. Perseus contains the full texts of Greek and Roman authors, as well as out-of-copyright English translations. It allows word searching in Greek, Latin, and English, and can be used for statistical information in relation to texts. Perseus also includes an Art and Archaeology Artifact Browser.

Perseus Version 2.0, the multimedia encyclopaedia covering Greek history, literature, art and archaeology, is available to use in the computer room.

*Roman Inscriptions of Britain online (RIB)
Seach the online version of Volume One of The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, R.G. Collingwood's and R.P. Wright's edition of 2,401 monumental inscriptions from Britain found prior to 1955. Also incorporates all Addenda and Corrigenda published in the 1995 reprint of RIB (edited by R.S.O. Tomlin) and the annual survey of inscriptions published in Britannia since. [Print version at 101H.7 COL]

 



 

Archive

The following software programs are for use with the TLG and PHI CD-ROMS in use at the Institute of Classical Studies

Musaios 2002A
Search software for use (on Dell C only) with Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (Version E) (Latin Literary texts from PHI 5.3 and Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri). Search by author and works or the whole collection. Also provides the ability to browse a text. An index search (Now for TLG and PHI 5.3) provides for each word form, a total count and a list of the works in which that form appears. Allows a flexibility in searching for the presence or absence of vowels, a feature not provided by the Workplace program. It allows the results of searches to be copied and pasted easily into word processed documents.

TLG Workplace Silver Mountain
Search software for use with Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (Greek literary texts). Search by any combination of authors and works, by date ranges, or by Canon (classification of authors into groups e.g. Lyric, Medical etc.). Also provides the ability to browse a text. An index search provides for each word form, a total count and a list of the works in which that form appears. It is possible to specify accents or breathings. Results of searches can be saved in RTF (Rich Text Format) and converted for use in word processing documents.

PHI Workplace Silver Mountain
Search software for the Packard Humanities Institute CD-ROM.
Latin literary texts.(PHI 5.3) Search by any combination of authors and works.
Greek papyri and inscriptions. (PHI 7.0) Search either Classical Inscriptions, Christian Inscriptions or Papyri collections or within each collection, e.g. Oxyrhynchus papyri. Also provides the ability to browse a text. Results of searches can be saved in RTF (Rich Text Format) and converted for use in word processing documents.

Pandora Version 2.5.4
Search software for use with TLG / PHI / Papyri/Inscriptions CD-ROMS. Enables simple or complex searches as well as an An index search provides for each word form, a total count and a list of the works in which that form appears. Also provides the ability to browse a text. Results may be saved for use in word processing documents.