Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 8½ x 11
978-1-4422-3739-1 • Hardback • November 2014 • $202.00 • (£158.00)
978-1-4422-3740-7 • eBook • November 2014 • $191.50 • (£148.00)
Subjects: History / Reference
, Architecture / History / Ancient & Classical
, Art / History / Ancient & Classical
, History / Ancient / General
, History / Ancient / Egypt
, History / Ancient / Greece
, History / Ancient / Rome
, History / World
, Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General
, Philosophy / History & Surveys / Ancient & Classical
, Reference / General
, Reference / Research
, Social Science / Archaeology
, History / Pre-Modern
John M. Weeks is Head Librarian, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the University of Pennsylvannia. he has a graduate degree in librarianship as well as a doctoral degree in anthropology/archaeology. he has published numerous monographs and articles, including two editions of Introduction to Library Research in Anthropology, both of which received Outstanding Academic Book awards from Choice/ACRL (1992, 1998).
Jason de Medeiros is Assistant Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
1.What is the Ancient World?
2. Specialized Libraries Collection
3. Specialized Museum Collections
4. Guides to the Literature of the Ancient World
5. Subject Bibliographies
6. Regional Bibliographies
7. Book Reviews and Yearbooks
11. Abstracts and Indexes
12. Journal Literature
13. Biographical Information
14. Directories of Organizations and Associations
16. Photographic and Visual Collections
17. Theses and Dissertations
- Library of Congress Classification System
- Graduate Programs
- Archaeological Site Reports
- Paleography and Writing Systems
The study of the ancient Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Near East continues to be a mainstay of Western education, generating a large volume of scholarship. This guide by Weeks and Medeiros focuses on the monographs, books, journals, and electronic resources written primarily in Western European languages, Greek, or Hebrew that treat the history and prehistory of the region. As the authors state, the guide cannot be considered comprehensive because of the enormous literature of the field. To warrant inclusion, works were judged by their availability, scholarly significance, and subject matter. In separate chapters, the authors discuss specialized library and museum collections, subject and regional bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, abstracts and indexes, journals, biographical information, directories of organizations and associations, atlases, photographic and visual collections, and theses and dissertations. Several appendixes provide additional helpful information, such as relevant graduate programs, sources on paleography and writing systems, and numismatics. The most useful appendix, however, is the list of archaeological site reports arranged by country and then by site. Because of the scope of the work, some omissions are inevitable, yet for those libraries that support programs in classics, archaeology, ancient history, biblical studies, and related fields, this guide must be considered a required purchase. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty.
— Choice Reviews
First and foremost, a bibliographic record of resources relating to the ancient world, this book is a collected volume that brings together the disciplines of humanities and the social sciences. Its coverage is holistic and generally excellent. . . .The world is often at our fingertips in an age of technological advances but more often than not knowing where to start and how to get there are questions that concern us. This volume takes away the uncertainty and ensures that when research is undertaken the researcher knows that they are going directly to some relevant information. Arranged in a traditional style by the types of material that would be found in a library, yet with links to finding the information online, this is an extensive volume that will undoubtedly assist researchers in their work.
— Reference Reviews
With its inclusion of a wide range of resources for those interested in this period, this volume could be useful in libraries in high schools to those in large academic institutions, whose users seek information on these topics.
— American Reference Books Annual
Weeks and de Medeiros have done a great service for students of the ancient world, making the vast scholarly literature on the subject much more manageable. The clear organizing principles behind this research guide mean that those who are new to the study of antiquity or those experts who want to broaden their understanding beyond their own region of specialization can very quickly immerse themselves in the scholarly literature. With the increasing specialization of ancient studies, a research guide like this adds a much needed level of accessibility to a field that has become very complex and very regionally focused. It is particularly useful in that it is not just a bibliography confined to major works but offers guidance about libraries, institutes, photographic collections, and academic organizations.
— Kevin M. McGeough, University of Lethbridge, Canada