Collections & Journals

Antiquities Collections

Classical Collection of Greek and Roman Art

All archaeological collections are now housed in the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The Duke Classical Collection was formed between 1964 and 2005; A Generation of Antiquities catalogs acquisitions to 2004. It accompanied a 1995 exhibit and was written by Professor D. Keith Stanley (now emeritus)  (c)1994, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies).  In 2006 a generous donation to the new museum added some 224 works, mostly Greek.  This latter donation is cataloged in a collaborative project between faculty and students The Past is Present (Nasher Museum 2011). Contact: Professor Carla Antonaccio

Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (DDbDP)

The Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri (DDBDP) is an electronic corpus of published Greek and Latin documents written on papyrus, ostraca, or wooden tablets. The project began in in 1982 as a collaboration between Professors William H. Willis and John F. Oates, both of Duke University, and Dr. David R. Packard. Contact: Professor Joshua D. Sosin.

Duke Papyrus Archive

The Duke Papyrus Archive ( provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt. The target audience includes: papyrologists, ancient historians, archaeologists, biblical scholars, classicists, Coptologists, Egyptologists, students of literature and religion and all others interested in ancient Egypt. The project of conserving, interpreting, cataloguing and imaging the largely unpublished Duke papyrus collection was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities , and is part of the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS) Project. Contact: Professor Joshua D.Sosin

Duke Library Resources

The Classical Studies Departmental Library, including The Agnes Michels Memorial Library and other collections. For information about the library, contact: Professor Gregson Davis

Perkins Library and library resources in Classical Studies



Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies (GRBS) Journal

GRBS is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal devoted to the culture and history of Greece from Antiquity to the Renaissance, featuring research on all aspects of the Hellenic world from prehistoric antiquity through the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods, including studies of modern classical scholarship. Now hosted by Duke University Libraries via the Open Journal System.

L'Année Philologique

L'Année philologique is the comprehensive and authoritative international bibliography of classical studies. It publishes annually a complete and accurate volume of all classical scholarship throughout the world, covering the whole range of the ancient classical languages, literature, history, archaeology, art, epigraphy, religion, law, philosophy, science and technology, and allied topics. L'Année philologique was founded by Jules Marouzeau in Paris in the 1920s and for decades operated from a single office by the formidable Juliette Ernst, but as the volume of work increased additional offices were founded in other countries. The American Office is an autonomous unit that collects and prepares materials published throughout the English-speaking world. Its material is combined with that prepared in the other offices to form an annual printed volume and to update the online database.

The American Office was founded in 1965 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where it remained for more than 30 years. After a period of residency at the University of Cincinnati, the office moved in 2010 to Duke. The office is staffed by a director, Dr. Lisa Carson, and an assistant director, Dr. Shirley Werner. The office is under the governance of the Society for Classical Studies and is supported by funds from the SCS endowment and Duke Classical Studies.

L'Année philologique has six international offices with responsibility for publications according to their place of publication: