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ARTHIST 470 Greek Vase Painting at MCCM

Using the Michael C. Carlos Museum's collection of Greek vases, as well as an extensive study collection, this advanced seminar will introduce students to different approaches to the study of Greek vase painting, from traditional connoisseurship to gender

2/28 Library Session Agenda

I. Welcome 

II. Review LibGuide

Discuss general research databases available through Emory libraries (A-Z databases)  - Oxford bibliographies, JSTOR Forum, etc. 

Compile helpful KEYWORDS

  • what shapes these sherds are from? 
  • identify the style 
  • recognize any symbolic language/images on the sherds?
  • identify iconography

Discuss specialized databases (Beazley Archive,, and LIMC), 

III. Library Search and Stacks field trip 


Michael C. Carlos Museum Classical Art Collections

Getting Started

Reference (Finding Background Information)

REF DE5 .B7 2002 (4 vols.) Brill's New Pauly : encyclopaedia of the ancient world
English translation of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly, an update of the academic standard Paulys Real-encyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft. This interdisciplinary work provides easy, direct access to names, places, dates, and objects from all areas of Greek and Roman culture.

The Oxford classical dictionary
REF-DESK DE5 .O9 1996
Covers interdisciplinary concepts in the classical world such as law, history, art and literature, put together by an international team of contributors.

The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. Brian M. Fagan, ed., Oxford University Press 1996. REFERENCE CC70 .O96 1996 or Oxford Reference Online Oxford University Press.

  • Atlas of classical archaeology
    REF-ATLAS G1046 .E15 A8 1977
    Arranged by region, then broken down by city. Contains black & white photos, maps and diagrams, in addition to a chronology of events, a glossary, and an index.
  • Atlas of classical history
    REF-ATLAS G1033 .G65 1994
    Covers the period from 1700 BCE (the Near East) - CE 565 (the Byzantine Empire). Contains black & white maps based on political, economic, cultural, and religious trends.
  • Muir's historical atlas
    REF-ATLAS D12 .M86
    Contains color maps of military and political activities of the classical world, including town plans.

REF DF16 .B45 1989, Place-names in classical mythology : Greece
Deals with only mythological places, unless the real historical place had mythological associations. Also contains a chart associating modern place-names with their ancient locations.

REF DE7 .H39 2000 Who's who in the Greek world
This biographical dictionary features entries only on real people (no mythological figures), and includes a glossary, chronology, list of rulers, and black and white maps.