Classical Studies



Jane Marie Pinzino


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Humanities

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 247-1560

Librarian Email

Dept Chair

Susann Lusnia

Program Description

The scope of the teaching and research of the Department of Classical Studies extends beyond a focus on Greek and Latin languages and literatures to encompass ancient archaeology and civilization, including cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, Greek and Roman history, and ancient religions. Among the specific areas of focus: Aegean, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, and Etruscan art, architecture, and archaeology; Greek and Latin poetry and prose; Roman legal and economic history; Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman political institutions and thought; papyrology; and Greek and Roman popular religious traditions and practices.

The Department of Classical Studies, with ten faculty members (including two visiting assistant professors and one lecturer), offers B.A. and M.A. degrees as well as a one-year post-baccalaureate program. Undergraduate majors are offered in Classical Studies, Greek, and Latin.

Affiliated Program: Jewish Studies

See Jewish Studies Program collection policy.

Subject Resource Guide


Collection policy focuses primarily on the curriculum and research emphases of the Department of Classical Studies. Materials are acquired on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean. Includes interdisciplinary interests overlapping with those of other departments and programs, including archaeology, art and architecture, history, Jewish studies, theatre, linguistics, philosophy, gender and sexuality studies, and African studies. The collection of materials in or about mediaeval and modern Latin, Byzantine and modern Greek, Renaissance humanism, and neoclassicism is left primarily to other departments and programs.


Monographs, monographic series, serials, reference works, and conference proceedings are regularly sought, with particular focus on scholarly editions of primary source materials and archaeological reports. Anthologies, textbooks, non-Tulane dissertations, maps, and other media are sought selectively, except that most popular works and manuscripts are excluded.


Primarily printed text and illustrations, with increasing collections of videorecordings and online digital resources. To broaden access and conserve physical space, it may be appropriate to obtain online journals and cancel subscriptions to the corresponding print versions, provided that ownership or long-term access can be assured and image quality is adequate.

Videorecordings, including both DVDs and streaming, are collected through consultation with the Head of the Music & Media Center.


Primarily materials in ancient Greek, classical Latin, and modern Western European languages. Selectively, some relevant materials in Hebrew and modern Greek.

Chronological Period

Primary chronological focus ranges from the prehistoric period through 500 CE.

Imprint Date

Primarily twentieth century onwards. Collection focus is not limited to recent imprints; in fact, there is an ongoing effort, working with Classical Studies faculty, to identify and acquire series of primary source materials and secondary studies published since the later nineteenth century, filling in gaps to develop the research collection. Out-of-print materials may be sought as part of this process, as well as to replace lost materials considered significant for the collection.

Geographical Considerations

Focus is on the Mediterranean region and other areas of Europe encompassed within the Roman Empire.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

Book plans with GOBI, Amalivre, Casalini libri, and Otto Harrassowitz regularly provide materials according to profiles established for each plan. Journal subscriptions and standing orders for monographic series are established with these vendors and with EBSCO. In addition to these vendors, firm orders are placed with European and U.S. publishers of materials on classical studies and ancient history, with Amazon (particularly to fulfill rush requests), or, when necessary, with out-of-print book dealers.

Endowed Funds

Class of 04 (formerly Many) fund: classics. Touro fund: Greek and Roman classics, ancient history.

Selection Tools

Faculty, student, and staff requests; reviews in in ChoiceReviews online and the Bryn Mawr Classical Review online, as well as, occasionally, in journals such as The Journal of Hellenic Studies, The Journal of Roman Studies, Gnomon, American Journal of Archaeology, Classical Review, and Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.