HISTART R1B: History of Art: Wall Painting in Ancient Italy

Encyclopedias and dictionaries

The sites below are good starting places and quick reference sources. See also the complete list of Classics dictionaries and encylopedias as well as Art History dictionaries and encyclopedias from the AH/C Library website. 

The Theoi Project
A site exploring Greek mythology and the gods in classical literature and art. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (NX650 M9 L48, Room 308E)
This print encyclopedia is a monumental work of Greek, Etruscan and Roman mythological iconography. Entries in the text volumes are arranged in alphabetical order by mythological figure. Each detailed entry begins with cross-references and references to literary sources, bibliography, and a catalog of works of art with references to plate volumes.

  • Grove Art Online
    Online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 volumes). Contains articles on every aspect of visual arts including painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography. Also includes biographical information on major artists, bibliographical references and links to images. (Part of the Oxford Art Online suite.)
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary
    Online encyclopedia with 6000+ entries on all aspects of the ancient world and classical antiquity. Includes a brief but up-to-date bibliography, a list of authors and the titles of their works, as well as of collections of inscriptions and papyri.

Searching Library Catalogs

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Use OskiCat to locate materials on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries and also to:


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Use Melvyl to locate materials at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide, and also to

  • request materials from another library if we don't own it
  • find articles from some article databases
  • easily format a citation for copying into a bibliography
  • Melvyl will also show you the location and availablity of items that we own.


Oskicat Tips

  • Search for author's name using the author search, e.g., Albenda, Pauline
  • Search for topics using a keyword search, e.g., ancient wall painting
  • Limit results by language (Modify search)
  • When the library is closed you can "browse" the shelves virtually by selecting a call number link in Oskicat.
  • Use My Oskicat to view your library account and renew books
  • Use the Request button to:
    • page books in NRLF and
    • recall books that are checked out
  • Ignore diacritics
Last Update: December 05, 2012 10:14