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QS 212: Sound the Barritus (Sp 2020)

A guide for useful library resources for this section of Quest 212

Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World

HINT 1: The Index volume provides alternative ways to search the encyclopedia, including:

  • Subject Index (p. 1-87) - find the appropriate thematic group (below), choose a subsidiary group from the table of contents for the thematic group, and search for your topic of interest.
    1. Political history
    2. Social and economic history
    3. Cultural history and everyday culture
    4. Law
    5. Military
    6. Archeology
    7. History of art, material culture
    8. Pre- and protohistory
    9. Linguistics
    10. Oriental literatures
    11. Greek and Latin literatures
    12. Rhetoric
    13. History of texts
    14. Philosophy
    15. Music
    16. Mythology
    17. Religion
    18. Christianity
    19. Judaism (see 28)
    20. Islam (see 29)
    21. Historical geography
    22. Sciences
    23. Medicine
    24. Chronography and calendar
    25. Metrology and numismatics
    26. Near East and Egypt
    27. Byzantine culture, Hellenized Near East
    28. Judaism
    29. Islam
  • Index of Persons (p. 89-174) - find the appropriate grouping (below), sub-grouping at the beginning of the grouping, and select the person of interest.
    1. Greek and Latin language and literature
    2. Rhetoric
    3. Historiography
    4. Philosophy
    5. Music
    6. Greek and Roman religion and mythology
    7. Christianity
    8. Judaism
    9. Law
    10. Architecture and art history
    11. Science and technology
    12. Medicine
    13. Geography
    14. Byzantium
    15. Ancient Near East
  • Geographic Concordance (p. 175-233) - table comparing modern with ancient locations
  • Index of Maps (p. 235-277) - index to all of the maps in the fifteen volumes.
  • List of Illustrations (p. 278-286) - index to all illustrations in the fifteen volumes.
  • List of Authors (p. 287-296) - table of article author initials (used in entries) and their full names
  • Lists and Tables (p. 299-592)
    • A. Laws and Law Codes
    • B. International Treaties
    • C. Weights and Measures, coinage systems
    • D. Papyri, ostraka, and manuscripts
    • E. Data on chronology and computation of time

HINT 2: Whenever you see an abbreviation you are unfamiliar with, refer to the List of Abbreviations at the start of each volume.

HINT 3: If searching entries alphabetically, note that Roman names are ordered by family name (gentilicium/nomen), additional name (cognomen), and fore-name (praenomen).

HINT 4: --> indicates an entry on this topic is available elsewhere in this encyclopedia.

Other Reference Resources

The Ancient World