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Guide to finding materials on Classical Studies

Classics Call Numbers

Call Numbers

The USC Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. For the most part, material for the study of classical antiquity is located in the classes PA "Classical Philology and Literature," and DE, DF, and DG, for general Mediterranean, Greek, and Roman history respectively. However, a substantial amount of relevant material is distributed elsewhere in the classification system, largely according to the subject matter of the work. In addition, there may be some older titles that are classified using the Dewey Decimal Classification system; these are generally housed in in the Grand Avenue Library.

Editions of works in the original languages are, as a rule, classified under call number PA, with occasional exceptions. Translations of classical literary works (e.g. poetry, drama) are classified under PA; however, translations into English of "nonliterary" works, such as history, philosophy, and geography are usually classified according to their subject matter--so, for example, translations of Plato and Aristotle will in the "B's". Classifications of commentaries and secondary literature on such works is a bit less consistent.

PA: Philology & Literature

  • PA1–9 Periodicals
  • PA51–85 History, study & teaching
  • PA111–199 Greek & Latin Language
  • PA201–1179 Greek Philology & Language
    • PA600–691 Hellenistic (κοινή) Greek
    • PA700–791 Biblical Greek
    • PA1001–1179 Medieval & Modern Greek
  • PA2001–2995 Latin Philology & Language
  • PA3000–3049 Classical Literature (In General)
  • PA3050–5868 Greek Literature
    • PA3300–3371 Papyri
  • PA6000– Latin Literature

D: History

  • D51–90 Ancient History (General)
  • DA145–147 Roman Britian
  • DC62–63 Roman Gaul
  • DE The Greco-Roman World
    • DE1–15 General
    • DE27–31 Geography
    • DE46–73 Culture and Civilization
    • DE80–98 History
  • DF1-500 Ancient Greece (to c. 323 A.D.)
    • DF10–16 General
      • DF10 Periodicals
      • DF12 Sources & Documents
    • DF75–135 Civilization & Culture
    • DF207–241 History
      • DF207–218 General
      • DF220–241 By Period
      • DF251–289 Local History
  • DG1–399 Ancient Italy, Rome to 476 A.D.
    • DG11–16 General
      • DG11 Periodicals
      • DG13 Sourcebooks
    • DG42–70 Local and Regional History
      • DG61–69 City of Rome
    • DG75–190 Civilization & Culture
    • DG201–365 History
      • DG221–365 History by Period
  • DS54.3 Ancient Cyprus
  • DS71–75 Ancient Iraq to 638 A.D.
  • DS81 Phoenicia
  • DS96 Ancient Syria, including the Seleucids
  • DS111–123 Ancient Israel
  • DS275–287 Iran to 651 AD
  • DT57–93 Ancient Egypt, including the Ptolemies (DT92)

Classics Outside the D's and PA's

B108–708 Ancient Philosophy  [These works are located in the Philosophy Library]

BL700–820 Classical Religion and Mythology

BR160–240 Early History of Christianity

CE21–46 Ancient Chronography
CE42–46 Greek & Roman Calendars

CJ201–1400 Ancient Numismatics.

CN1–1100 Ancient Epigraphy

G82–88 Ancient Geography
G1033 Atlases of the Ancient World

GT530–580 Ancient dress and costume

GV17–35, 573 Ancient Sports and Games

HC31–39 Ancient Economic History

HD132–137 Ancient Economic History (Land)
HD4844 Labor in the Ancient World

HF355–381 History of Ancient Trade and Commerce

HN9–10 Ancient Social History

HQ13 Ancient Sexuality
HQ505–12 The Family in Antiquity
HQ1127–1139 Women in the Ancient World

HT863 Ancient Slavery

JC51–93 Ancient Political Institutions & Theory

KJA  Ancient Law  [See also the catalog for Gould School of Library Library]
KL  Law of the Ancient Orient  [See also the catalog for Gould School of Library Library]

ML162-169 Ancient Music

N-NK  Most of these titles are found in the Architecture & Fine Arts Library
N5320-5899  Fine Arts in Antiquity
NA210–340 Ancient Architecture
NA69–169 Ancient Sculpture
ND60–135 Ancient Painting
NK610–685 Ancient Decorative Arts
NK1180–1250 Ancient Decoration and Ornament
NK4645–4654 Greek & Roman Vases

P901–1099 Extinct Asian and European Languages

R126–127 Ancient Medical Works
R135 History of Ancient Medicine.

T16 Ancient Technology

U29–35 Warfare in Antiquity

Z105–115 Paleography
Z7016–7030 Bibliography of Classical Languages and Literature