June 12, 2015, by Sarah

The digital Loeb Classical Library: the great writers of Greece and Rome enter the 21st century

Over 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a fully searchable, virtual library that includes epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, oratory; Church Fathers and much more.

Vivamvs, mea Lesbia, atque amemus, rumoresque senum severiorum omnes unius aestimemus assis.

Let us live, my Lesbia, and love, and value at one farthing all the talk of crabbed old men.

(The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus, V)

From Aeschylus to Aristotle, Herodotus to Homer, the digital Loeb Classical Library enables you to read Greek and Latin literature in the original with the modern-day English translation on the facing page. Thanks to the Department of Classics partnering with the library, you can now discover more in the familiar series of red (Latin) and green (Greek) volumes. The online library closely replicates the print versions of the Loeb volumes but you can now browse by author, language, period, form, genre, and subject. Or you can search across the full Loeb corpus using English or a pop-up Greek keyboard.

The digital Loeb Classical Library can be accessed from on- and off- campus via NUsearch. Which of Cicero’s great speeches, Aristophanes’ comedies or Catullus’ love poems will you discover today?


If you’d like to learn more about the Loeb Classical Library’s transition from print to digital, Harvard Press University have produced this short video.

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