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Ancient Greece: Primary sources

Tips on doing research for topics on Ancient Greece.

Finding primary sources

Primary sources are crucial in history papers! Primary sources are documents that were created at or near the time of the events being studied.

  • The Loeb Classical Library is a collection of Greek and Latin texts with English translations. It's located in the Reference section.
  • Combine your search terms with the terms sources, inscriptions, documents, texts, or manuscripts to find primary sources.
  • Pictures count as primary sources! Suppose you find a reproduction of an image of an ancient Greek physician lancing a plague bubo - wow!
  • Archaeological reports are also considered primary sources. These reports often contain statistical data about finds, illustrations or plans of buildings, maps, illustrations of artifacts, plans of towns, transcriptions of inscriptions, and analysis of finds.

Ancient Texts Online

There are several places you can search online for the full texts of classical works. If the site offers an "advanced search" option, you can save time by entering the author in an "author" or "creator" search line.

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