Classics Collection Development Policy


    The UCSB library collects and provides access to print and electronic monographs, journals, and other information resources necessary to support faculty research and programs of instruction in the UCSB Classics Department.

    Classics is concerned centrally with the reconstruction and interpretation of ancient Greek and Roman texts, but in addition, the study of ancient cultures involves a wide array of humanistic fields such as history, literary theory, mythology, religious studies, philosophy, art history, and linguistics. Above all, the student of classical studies seeks to develop knowledge of ancient Graeco-Roman culture in order to gain a deeper understanding of our own. To that end, the Classics Department offers an undergraduate major with emphases in language and literature, classical civilization, or classical archaeology, as well as a minor that allows students majoring in other fields to pursue intensive study of classical languages and culture through a flexible mix of upper-division classics courses. For graduate studies in ancient languages and culture, the department offers two degree programs: MA/PhD, and PhD. Central to both graduate programs is acquiring proficiency in both ancient Greek and Latin. The program includes philologically oriented seminars and courses in ancient authors, as well as specialized training in various related fields such as epigraphy, drama, ancient history, philosophy, and literary studies. Most graduate students pursue a degree in Classics, but students in the MA/PhD program may also choose an interdisciplinary degree with an emphasis in ancient history or in literature and theory.




    1. Subject areas. To support the emphasis of the Classics Department on ancient languages and texts, the collection strongly emphasizes editions of the works of ancient authors, as well as translations of and commentaries on those works. All major new editions are collected, as well as major translations and commentaries in English. Authors currently emphasized in the research interests of the faculty include Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Cicero, Demosthenes, Euripedes, Herodotus, Hesiod, Homer, Horace, Livy, Ovid, Plautus, Polybius, Sallust, Seneca, Sophocles, Tacitus, Terence, Thucydides, Vergil, and Xenophon. Commentaries and studies on these authors in English, German, French, and Italian are collected. General subject areas emphasized by the collection include Greek and Latin poetry and drama, Greek and Roman history and historians, Greek philosophy and medicine, Roman oratory and rhetoric, Roman social history, Greek and Roman epigraphy, literary theory and textual criticism, Greek and Roman religion, and Greek archaeology.


    2. Geographical coverage. All areas within the political and cultural sphere of ancient Greece and Rome are considered; Mediterranean areas of ancient Greek and Roman culture are emphasized.


    3. Languages. Editions in the ancient classical languages are central. Translations into English and, in a few cases, German, French, or Italian, are collected. Scholarly studies on the emphasized authors and subject areas in English, German, French, Italian are collected. Minimal collecting in other European languages.


    4. Chronological periods. The eighteenth century BC through the fifth century AD, with emphasis on the archaic, classical, and hellenistic Greek periods and early, republican, and imperial Rome through late antiquity (ca. 500 AD).


    5. Publication dates. Current publications are the highest priority. Out-of-print books may be purchased in order to fill in gaps in the collection.



    The collection heavily emphasizes books and journals in print or electronic format. Major series of editions and translations of ancient authors are central to the collection. Published dissertations are collected if they are on the major ancient authors (see II.a) and from important academic centers of classical studies such as Oxford and Cambridge. Foreign dissertations and revised dissertations, particularly those on the major authors, are collected selectively. Current materials are collected; reprints and retrospective material is occasionally purchased. Festschrifts, proceedings, and other collective works are purchased selectively. Collections of previously published texts are generally not collected. Introductory works are purchased selectively (only English). Textbooks are not collected. Major collecting emphasis is on university presses, publications of learned societies, and specialized trade presses. Archaeological survey and site reports are collected selectively.



    The study of ancient Graeco-Roman culture is highly interdisciplinary. Books, journals, and other materials dealing with ancient Greek and Roman history, philosophy, art and architecture, religion, and archaeology are collected in active collaboration with collection managers in these relevant areas. See the appropriate collection development policies.


Author: schroeder [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Eunice Schroeder).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004