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Greek and Roman antiquities section library


The aim of the Greek and Roman antiquities section library (SL) is to support the research at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the fields of Greek and Roman antiquities (GRA) with its stock and services. Furthermore the SL manages in whole the stocks of the reference libraries of the Academy’s five academy projects dealing with the study of classical antiquity (i. e. Die alexandrinische und antiochenische Bibelexegese in der Spätantike, Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Galen als Vermittler, Interpret und Vollender der antiken Medizin, and the Inscriptiones Graecae). The stock of the SL contains about 81,600 media units, and 28,600 of these ones are shelved in the stocks of the above mentioned research groups (i. e. GRA academy projects). Deadline for both numbers is June, 30th 2013. Both the SL and the five reference libraries belong to the Library of the Academy founded at the start of the 18th century.

Aristoteleskommentar des Leon Magentenos (13./14. Jh.), Venedig 1503Pauly-Wissowa, Real-Encyclopädie der Classischen Altertumswissenschaft

The origin and the development of the SL and the five reference libraries are connected closely with the systematical study of classical antiquity which was starting in the beginning of the 19th century at the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Within these original collections the reader can find special books on classics (the oldest of them date back to the early 16th century and are therefore valuable testimonies of the book history, library history, and the history of classical scholarship) as well as scientific publications produced and edited by the GRA research groups themselves. The collection profile of the five reference libraries is according to the subjects of these research groups highly specialized whereas the SL holds texts of ancient and medieval writers (both in Greek and in Latin), manuals, reference works, journals, and other scholarly books being useful for all classicists.


The stocks of the SL and the five reference libraries are exploited by the OPAC of the Library of the Academy. The classification scheme which will be used in both the SL and the five reference libraries is available in German only.
The services of the SL offer to the reader several databases on CD-ROM as well as one internet workstation.

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