Ancient literature. Modern access. Enhanced navigation.
The mission of the Loeb Classical Library, founded by James Loeb in 1911, has always been to place the written treasures of the Greek and Roman past within the reach of all interested readers. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends this mission into the twenty-first century. Harvard University Press is honored to renew James Loeb’s vision of accessibility, and presents an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; satire and the novel; history, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire classical heritage is represented with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations. More than 550 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.
From Homer to St. Augustine, [the digital Loeb Classical Library] provides access… to the manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin. For authority and completeness, nothing rivals it among the other online resources in the field… The Loeb Library… remains to this day the Anglophone world’s most readily accessible collection of classical masterpieces… Now, with their digitization, [the translations] have crossed yet another frontier.
Its scope is huge—Homer to Bede—and its search capabilities will make it a sine qua non even for readers who do not really need the translations… The digital Loeb will be a godsend to all sorts of people, not just to or even primarily to classicists. College students will have instant trots at their fingertips. Readers whose interests extend beyond contemporary fiction (and there are many, despite what the book pages of most newspapers seem to suggest these days) will benefit from the easy access and the readability of the Loebs, not to mention the various sorts of useful research that can be quickly done with the search function.
The digital Loeb Classical Library will be a transformative experience for professionals doing research and provide everyone else with a wonderful buffet of reading to browse… The digitized Loeb Classical Library will enable anyone with a computer or proximity to a public, academic, or even secondary school library to have access to its entire scope of classical literature.
For the last couple of decades, the Loeb Library has been undergoing a renaissance. There are new or revised translations of many authors, and, a month or two back, the entire library was brought online at loebclassics.com. There are other searchable classics databases… Yet there is still something glorious about having all 500-plus Loebs online… It’s an extraordinary resource.
Just over a century ago, the first volumes of James Loeb’s eponymous Loeb Classical Library (LCL) were published, providing Greek and Latin texts with an English translation on facing pages. It has grown to well over 500 volumes and has become an indispensable collection of the great works of antiquity… The LCL’s availability in digital form provides another medium through which the history, philosophy, poetry, and prose written by the great writers of ancient Greece and Rome can be accessed, studied, and enjoyed.
The online interface is clean and uncluttered. It mimics the look and feel of the printed series with the familiar red-and-green color scheme and the same page layouts, with minor modifications. One can read a volume in linear fashion or search the whole series. Browsing options include authors, Greek works, Latin works, and [Loeb Classical Library] volume numbers. These lists make it easy to locate authors whose works are buried in collections such as the Greek Anthology… The online Loeb Classical Library offers unparalleled access to the Greek and Roman classics for Anglophone readers.
The Loeb Classical Library has been an important tool for historians and classicists for more than 100 years… The developers have clearly put a lot of thought into the creation of this digitized platform. They manage to retain many of the strengths of the original print books, while delivering new tools for students and scholars… [The] Loeb Classical Library brings an important print resource online.
- 2015, Winner of the PROSE Awards
- Harvard University Press
- Series edited by Jeffrey Henderson
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