Classical Studies



Rebecca Malek-Wiley


Principal Cataloger

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 247-1812

Librarian Email

Book Chair

Thomas D. Frazel, Ph. D.

Dept Chair

Thomas D. Frazel, Ph. D.

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 and Near East, Greek and Roman history, and ancient religions. Among the specific areas of focus: Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Egyptian, and Near Eastern art, architecture, and archaeology; Roman legal and economic history; papyrology; Greek and Roman popular religious traditions and practices; the development of early Christianity; Greek and Latin poetry and prose; and ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern languages and literatures.

The Department of Classical Studies, with ten faculty members (including two visiting assistant professors, one lecturer, and one adjunct assistant professor), 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.

Related program participation

Faculty members in the Department of Classical Studies also participate in other interdisciplinary programs such as the African and African Diaspora Studies Program (e.g., ancient Egypt and Nubia) and the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program (e.g., women in antiquity).

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 and Near East. 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, primarily DVDs, 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 ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, other ancient Near Eastern languages, and modern Greek.

Chronological Period

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

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, areas of Europe encompassed within the Roman Empire, the Near East, Egypt, and Nubia.

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

The book plan with YBP and approval plans with Otto Harrassowitz, Touzot, and Casalini 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.