Life in the Classical World

Introductory Readings

General Resources

  • Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
  • Browse the non-fiction shelves: 100s Philosophy; 290s Mythology/Religion; 305s Women; 355s Arms & weapons/Military science; 792 Theatre; 880s Ancient writers; 920s Biography; 930s General Ancient History/Archaeology; 937 Rome/history; 938 Greece/history; 939 other parts of the Ancient World, e.g. Troy, Knossos.
  • Audio-visual resources: search ClickView.  You will be able to view items rated G and PG.

Oliver Catalogue

  • Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject terms: Rome – History, Greece – History; add subheadings such as period (time), individual names
  • Expand your search to Hornsby Library resources. Run a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Hornsby Shire Library. If you are a member of Hornsby Library, you can borrow their resources (or use whichever local library you have).


  • World Book Online is a reliable starting point for an overview and concepts; browse Timelines; choose the Advanced option.


  • State Library of NSW databases require you to sign up for free membership. Choose a database by name. General Ancient History databases with which to start your research are:
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • Cambridge Companions Online – Subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment.
  • Cambridge Histories Online – An historical reference compendium allows instant access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series.
  • Jstor – Subject based collections of content. Search across journals, books and pamphlets.
  • Hornsby Library databases require you to sign up for free membership.


  • The Sydney Morning Herald – Digital edition accessible while at school
  • National Geographic (in library)
  • BBC history (in library) – The contents pages are searchable using Oliver
  • Historicool (in library)

Internet resources

Bibliographies and citations

  • Citethisforme – Bibliography generator/ask your teacher, choose the style

Evaluating websites

Some links to get started

Follow the links within these links for primary sources. N.B. Some articles’ authors are not necessarily historians/researchers – compare facts, details, inferences, interpretations, reference sources and primary sources.


Tiberius Gracchus

Scipio Africanus


Antoius Pius











Gaius Marius

Philip II of Macedon

Marcus Antonius

Ptolemy I Sotter

Marcus Licinius Crassus


Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus


Anytime: Ask the teacher-librarians for assistance or email