Classical studies

Zenon Bibliographies of the various departments of the German Archaeological Institute

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History Comprehensive English-language encyclopedia on history and culture from the Bronze Age to the 7th century

Propylaeum Key German language specialist portal for all areas of classical studies

Gnomon Online Key information system for classical studies

L’Année Philologique International database for all classical studies

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Classical studies

Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarians for classical studies would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with Zotero and other literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via Teams or Zoom.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the portal for humanities and theology of the University Library of Bern (in German).

Training Material

Extensive portal on archeology with link lists, job offers, reviews and professional articles.
Portal for the historical sciences offering specialist information and communication services
Cross-institutional cooperation project for the promotion of research into the history and culture of the ancient Middle East.
Italian-language portal for resources in the field of Classical Studies.
Information on current events and educational opportunities in the field of Classical Studies.
Berlin catalogue of internet resources for Classical Philology.
Tufts University digital library.
Specialist information service for Classical Studies, operated by the Heidelberg University Library and the BSB Munich.
The dArV website offers among other things a job exchange and information on conferences.
The DHI portal provides an overview of the institute's activities and resources.
Database with the purpose of classifying, storing and making accessible images related to antiquity.
Reflects the topicality of historical sciences in Switzerland and is the central information platform and research tool for the specialist community.

Our collection in classical studies can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Mittelstrasse Library

Collections in archaeological sciences

  • Art and culture of Greek and Roman Antiquity
  • Art and culture of the Etruscans
  • Bilingual editions of ancient authors
  • Prehistory and early history of Europe
  • Archaeology of the Roman Provinces in Europe and Northwest Africa
  • Swiss medieval archaeology, experimental archaeology und museum science
  • Near Eastern Archaeology (from India to the Mediterranean and from Southern Russia to the Arab Peninsula with special focus on Iraq, Syria and Turkey) from the beginning of the Epipalaeolithic to the end of the Ancient Oriental Empires
  • Cuneiform tablets with emphasis on Sumerian and Akkadian

Classics Library

  • Editions, commentaries and studies on Greek and Latin literature from about 750 BC to 600 AD
  • Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin and Byzantine works (fictional and philosophical, historical and scientific texts)

History Library

  • Specialized academic literature on all areas of history with its own department on ancient history
  • Comprehensive reference library of source texts, reference works and journals

Münstergasse Library

  • Publications on the history of the city and canton of Berne
  • Reference works in the reading room
  • Significant historical collection (to be consulted in the Special Reading Room)

Basisbibliothek Unitobler BTO

  • Basic study literature
  • Text editions