Below is a subjective listing of departmental and institutional resources for Classical studies.
The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) represents the University’s commitment to the burgeoning field of the digital humanities. Funded in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CDHI promises to “bring the humanities into the big data conversation” by developing a “sustainable model of transformative academic practice that embraces faculty research, graduate and post-doctoral training, undergraduate learning, and engaged scholarship in the humanities.” It houses not only innovative resources such as UNC’s Ancient World Mapping Center, but also provides links to essential tools and information to build your own digital project.
The department maintains the Epigraphy and Paleography Room in Davis Library, room 6010. This houses our extensive collection of epigraphical materials: the major corpora of Greek and Latin inscriptions; a broad selection of supporting materials; the Henry Immerwahr collection of Greek squeezes; and several epigraphical journals. In addition, there are numerous folio volumes of paleographical materials and an uncatalogued collection of items pertaining to the Roman province of Dacia. The room is open to all UNC library patrons; the combination for the keypad at the entrance is available from the office of the Department of Classics.
The Ullman library houses the department’s collection of Classical monographs and offprints. Undergraduates are invited to visit the library to use its resources, but checking out books is restricted to faculty and graduate students.
The Ancient World Mapping Center promotes cartography, historical geography and geographic information science as essential disciplines within the field of ancient studies through innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community outreach activities.
L’Année philologique was founded in Paris in 1926 by Jules Marouzeau, and has long been considered an indispensible resource by the research scholars who are its intended users. Its goal is to collect annually scholarly works relating to every aspect of Greek and Roman civilization — authors and texts; literature; linguistics; political, economic, and social history; attitudes and daily life; religion; cultural and artistic life; law; philosophy; science and technology; and the history of classical studies.
(available off-campus through UNC Libraries proxy server)
The Library of Latin Texts offers full text electronic access to the rich resources of Latin literature, from Classical Antiquity to as recent as 1965. The original library focused on the writings of early Christian Church thinkers such as Augustine, Cyprian, and Gregory the Great. More recent additions have reached not only back in time to Classical Rome and writers such as Cicero, Ovid, and the two Plinys, but also forward to the Middle Ages and writers such as Anselm of Canterbury, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Abelard. Many texts also come from the Neo-Latin literature produced between 1500 and 1965. Texts have been edited according to the best contemporary scholarly practices, and come from series such as the Corpus Christianorum Series Latina, the Bibliotheca Scriptorum Romanorum Teubneriana, Sources Chretiennes, Patrologia Latina and the Acta Sanctorum. The database also includes the Vulgate and the Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, as well as the complete texts of ecumenical Church council decrees from Nicaea to Vatican II.
Under development since 1987, the Perseus Digital Library flagship collection covers the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
The Latin Library contains a large collection of digitized Latin texts, including Classical, Medieval, and Neo-Latin works.
Archaeology Seminar Room
The Archaeology Seminar Room (Murphey Hall 304) houses the antiquities collection of the Department of Classics: over 130 whole objects and hundreds of potsherds, lithics, glass, and other fragmentary artifacts, representing a number of cultures and periods in the Aegean, Cyprus, Egypt, Anatolia and the ancient Near East. The study collection is composed of private donations from former UNC faculty, and other scholars associated with the Department: William Dale, James P. Harland, Berthe Marti, Eben Alexander, and Henry and Sarah Immerwahr. Special collections include the Frederick Oswin Waagé III Antioch collection, consisting of Hellenistic and Roman lamps and table wares from excavations at Antioch on the Orontes in Syria; the Takey Crist Collection of Cypriot antiquities; and the Norman Weinstein Collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine pottery. The Classics antiquities collections comprise an important teaching tool for a variety of graduate and undergraduate seminars in ancient art and classical and Mediterranean archaeology.
The Crist Collection
Dr. Takey Crist, a UNC alumnus and founder of the Crist Clinic for Women in Jacksonville, N.C., in 2008, donated to the Department of Classics a collection of rare books on Cypriot, Greek, and eastern Mediterranean history and archaeology; and a unique assemblage of Cypriot antiquities. The rare books are now housed in the Rare Books department of Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC.
The collection of antiquities consists of 40 artifacts, mostly pottery and sculpture, representing nearly 2000 years of Cypriot history from the Early Bronze Age to the Classical period (late 3rd millennium B.C. to ca. 500 B.C.). The permanent home for the Crist Collection is the Archaeology Seminar Room of the Classics department in Murphey Hall, where the artifacts are displayed for public view and used for teaching and hands-on training in undergraduate and graduate seminars in archaeology. The Classics department is grateful to Dr. Crist for this gift to UNC’s archaeology program, and for his continuing support of Greek studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Crist received his B.A. in Philosophy (1959) and M.D. (1965) from UNC. His interest in Greek archaeology stems from his Cypriot parentage, and his life-long study of Greek and Cypriot history and culture. Dr. Crist was a student of James P. Harland, who was the first classical archeologist at UNC (hired in 1922) and a distinguished world-renowned Greek archaeologist and Aegean prehistorian.
For more information on the Crist Collection contact:
Donald Haggis, Department of Classics
Professor of Classical Archaeology
Nicholas A. Cassas Term Professor of Greek Studies
The Norman Weinstein Collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Pottery
Norman Weinstein of Roanoke, Virginia, was faculty of Athens College; a philhellene, poet, playwright and author of Let Us Be Greek: Poems and Notes on a People’s Struggle (Philadelphia, 1975), a work inspired by his years living in Athens, and experiencing the 1967 junta. His collection consists of 60 artifacts, including a number of Mycenaean and classical Greek vases, and other objects.
For more information on the Weinstein Collection contact:
Donald Haggis, Department of Classics
Professor of Classical Archaeology
Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum has been one of North Carolina’s most important artistic resources. Located on S. Columbia Street, near the Franklin Street intersection in downtown Chapel Hill, the Ackland is an academic unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves broad local, state, and national constituencies. The museum’s collection consists of more than 16,000 works of art, featuring North Carolina’s premier collections of Asian art and works of art on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), plus significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art, African art, and North Carolina pottery. Ackland organizes more than a dozen special exhibitions a year.
Aegean Archaeology, published semi-annually by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, is co-edited by Donald Haggis in the Department of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The journal encourages contributions that concern the Aegean world – the cultures and societies that comprised the civilizations of the Aegean basin and its bordering regions, principally the Greek and Anatolian Aegean in the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Archaic periods.
Archaeology faculty members and graduate students at The University of North Carolina and Duke, in departments of Classics, Art History, History, and Religious Studies are actively involved in fieldwork, archaeological surveys, excavations, and museum study, throughout the Mediterranean. Involvement in fieldwork is a regular feature and indeed an important component of both graduate and undergraduate training in classical archaeology and classics, providing a perspective on the topography and the material culture of the classical world not easily attained through coursework alone.
The Curriculum in Archaeology offers an undergraduate major and a minor in archaeology. It also provides courses and fieldwork opportunities for students in many parts of the world, particularly in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Supporting the program are laboratories, computer facilities, and extensive archaeological collections, which are maintained by the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Department of Classics, and Ackland Art Museum. The undergraduate degree in Archaeology focuses on the systematic study of the human past through its material remains, by means of the excavation, recovery, and interpretation of human artifacts and other associated materials. Historical, environmental, and comparative components enable the examination of different cultural systems through time and space, as well as the reconstruction of past lifeways, and the interpretation of ancient social, political, and economic systems. The geographic scope of the program includes the Americas, Europe and the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East. The educational objective of the program is to provide students with a liberal arts education that draws on both the social sciences and the humanities. It also effectively prepares students for graduate study in anthropological archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, museology, and historical preservation; or careers in contract archaeology and cultural resource management. The Curriculum in Archaeology brings together faculty located in six units of the College of Arts and Sciences: Departments of Anthropology, Art, Classics, Religious Studies, the Curriculum in Women’s Studies, and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology.
The Azoria Project is a case study of urbanization in the Mediterranean in the first millennium B.C., exploring the Early Iron Age and Archaic town of Azoria (ca. 1200-500 B.C.) on the island of Crete in the Greek Aegean. The goal is to examine changing dynamics of extra-island trade, crop and livestock processing, and local subsistence practices on this site, relating these changes to social processes involved in the formation of small-scale polities in the eastern Mediterranean during the first millennium B.C. The project is sponsored by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
The Duke-UNC Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology represents collaboration between the institutions in order to enhance archaeology curricula and concentrations in the respective departments. The Consortium fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue on methods, theory, and practice in classical archaeology and material culture, providing students access to seminars; excavations and other research opportunities; academic advising, and developing avenues for curricular and extra-curricular interaction.
The Department of Art’s Visual Resources Library houses a teaching collection of more than 230,000 slides, 40,000 photographs, and a growing number of digital images. The facility also includes some 10,000 images of the Classics department archaeology collection. Undergraduates and graduate students are permitted to use collection materials for projects and course presentations.
The regional chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America offers an annual program of lectures and seminars—derived from the national chapter and local academic departments—bringing together local lay membership of the AIA with archaeology, classics, and ancient history faculty and students from The University of North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State University.
DYABOLA is a navigable and source-oriented text and image registration system, which is equipped with a semantic network, a syntax generator and a data- scrolling machine. The system was developed for the humanities and the arts, which seldom find their way to a binding, irrefutable statement concerning historical documents and monuments. In particular it is the developments and the changes in approach procedures, which frequently appear more thrilling than the objects themselves.
Founded in 1939, the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) was the first center for the study of North Carolina archaeology. Serving the interests of students, scholars, and the general public, it is currently one of the leading institutes for archaeological teaching and research in the South.
Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields. It is published monthly from September to May (each volume covers one calendar year) by the Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati. An authors index accompanies the December issue. Nestor is distributed in 30 countries.