Monday, July 16, 2007

Websites for English Translations of the Classics

The Bluedorns kindly shared this list of links for classical works on their e-loop. I'm passing these along as I know many people are interested.

The Internet Classics Archive by Daniel C. Stevenson-- Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive -- an integrated collection of over 1000 biographies and historical articles of a mathematical nature at St. Andrews University, Scotland.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall -- collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly for educational use. Includes ancient, medieval, and modern history.

The Perseus Digital Library -- Greek and Latin classics.

The Internet Public Library -- numerous online texts.

The On-Line Books Page -- search their 25,000+ listings.

EServer -- publishes online quality works (35,000 of them) in arts and humanities.

History Central Catalog -- the WWW Virtual Library HIstory Catalog at European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Classic Christian Books, including all the Church Fathers, in electronic format.

Project Gutenberg -- 100,000 titles available.

Athena -- nearly 10,000 links to books on all subjects.

Early Christian Writings -- New Testament and Fathers.

3. Large public, college, or university libraries

a. In libraries with the Library of Congress numbers, Greek and Latin literature can be found from PA3301 to the end of the PA's.
b. The Loeb Classical Library is a series of volumes which include the text of classical authors in the original language along with an English translation.

4. Purchase from catalogs

Besides the ordinary book catalogs which may provide many of the literary sources, some catalogs have a special focus on classical and historical materials.

a. American Home-School Publishing, 5310 Affinity Court, Centreville, Virginia, 20120
b. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1000 Brown St., Unit 101, Wauconda, Illinois, 60084
c. Veritas Press, 1829 William Penn Way , Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601

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  1. Thanks for sharing..I like the Project Guttenberg site for the free McGruffey Readers.

  2. Enjoyed reading your post, last week I did the same thing on my blog at

    Just for everyone's info, we at BookYards have also compiled a list of approximately 800 free online libraries that have been categorized according to specialty. The link is at

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  3. BookYards, what a great idea! Thanks for telling us about it.

  4. Sherry, thanks for the links. Wow, what a great resource!! I need to put this somewhere where I won't forget about it.


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