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Ancient History & Classics: Books

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Very Short Introductions, from Oxford University Press

See the Very Short Introductions series for Classical Studies books

From Oxford University Press, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas - a bridge between reference content and higher academic work. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

Individual Classics titles are:

Reference Books

Reference books offer great starting points and background reading on a topic.  Listed here are some of the more important reference books available at the Trent Library.  Call numbers are provided for print books; links for online.


Search the Library Catalogue for Books

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Library Catalogue Power Search


When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search the Library Catalogue. There's an online tutorial available to tell you about the Library Catalogue.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. For instance, to find books on "Roman Archaeology" you might search for "roman and archaeology". To improve your results, use a "Power Search" and truncate your terms.

Terminology Notes:

The Library Catalogue uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest.

There is no subject heading of Ancient Greece or any variation of it. They're much more specific than that. Use a keyword search instead of a subject search.

Sample subject headings:

Cities and towns, Ancient--Greece.
Funeral rites and ceremonies, Ancient--Greece--Athens.
Greece--Civilization--To 146 B.C.
Sports--Social aspects--Greece--History.

The terms greece and rome will usually be more successful that greek or roman, because of the way the subject headings are designed.

The tem antiquities is used for artifacts or specimens.


The majority of our e-books are included in the Library Catalogue and can be found with any search. The record includes a link to the e-book.

  • To limit a search to e-books, use the Power Search option and change the location to "E-Book".

The following resources contain collections of e-books. Most offer the option to create an account for yourself and save books, as well as adding notations and highlighting.