There is a wealth of information available on the internet as regards the ancient world. Not all of it is good, though; there’s a lot of nonsense on the internet, too. To help you find your way online, here’s a brief guide to the good sources of information on the web.
General reference sites
The following websites are useful if you're looking for overviews and general information about the ancient world:
- The Ancient History Encyclopedia is a popular destination for articles on the ancient world.
- René Voorburg’s website Vici.org is worth a visit: the whole ancient world presented as a big map, with many photos and links to other websites.
- Stanford University’s Orbis project is a geospatial model of the Roman Empire.
- The Theoi Project, created by Aaron Atsma, should be your first port of call if you are looking for anything on Greek mythology.
- The Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide collects links to other useful sites.
There are also quite a few websites that offer access to ancient sources, both original texts as well as translations. They include the following:
- Bill Thayer’s website LacusCurtius features more than fifty Greek and Latin texts with English translation, including works by Cicero, Manetho, Plutarch and Strabo.
- Roger Pearce’s Tertullian Project obviously focuses on the Christian writer Tertullian, but also offers texts by Cornelius Nepos, Juvenal, and others.
- The website of the Chicago Homer offers the Homeric epics and the works of Hesiod (including the Shield of Heracles ) in both Greek and translated forms.
- The website Loebolus offers scans of old titles from the Loeb Classical Library as PDFs.
- Looking for translated Latin sources? You can try Forum Romanum.
- The Perseus Project at Tufts University is a useful resource for bilingual texts.
Other useful websites
These websites don't fit any of the foregoing categories, but you should still go and explore them:
- Chuck Jones’s blog at Ancient World Online (AWOL) has an alphabetical list of open access journals in ancient studies.
- The DIOTIMA website is hosted by STOA and deals with ancient gender studies.
- The Roman Army Talk Forum is the place to go if you want to chat about the ancient world and hang out with likeminded people.
- The STOA website is a blog offering news, vacancies, and more.
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