Guide to the Research Collections

- Greece


Approximately 5,000 volumes document the history of Greece; standard works and editions of the ancient and modern historians are present. The various series of the Akad[emacr ]mia Ath[emacr ]n[omacr ]n are held. Periodical publications include Byzantinische Zeitschrift (1892-), Byzantion (1924-), the Epet[emacr ]ris (1924-) of the Hetaireia Byzantin[omacr ]n Spoud[omacr ]n, Journal of Hellenic Studies (1880-), Neos Hell[emacr ]nomn[emacr ]m[omacr ]n (1904-27), and many others.

Standard historians of classical Greece in the collections range from George Grote to John Bury. Among works more notable for literary or sociological than historical concerns are Oliver Goldsmith's The History of Greece and J.J. Barthélemy's Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grèce. The ancient historians are represented in a wide range of editions: for example, Curtius Rufus' life of Alexander is available in a variety of texts and translations dating from the seventeenth century, and Pausanias from Atticae Descriptio (Venice. 1500?) through the J.G. Frazer translation of 1898 to later editions.

Other works classified as general history supplement these resources. The principal allied literature is that of archaeology; the collection is particularly rich in older archaeological works and the publications of classical societies and institutions (such as the Archaeologisches Institut des Deutschen Reiches). The Art and Architecture Division collects materials on the arts of all ancient cultures. Works on Greek epigraphy include such items as the Monumenta Asia Minoris Antiqua of the American Society of Archaeological Research in Asia. Other works on Greek and Roman Egypt, and on Greek papyri, are in the Oriental Division.

Perhaps the outstanding item among the printed materials of the Byzantine period is the Byzantine Historiae Scriptores Varii (1645-1702), a 1961 purchase which brought to the library this rare printing of the works of the Byzantine historians. It joins other collections of period writings, supplemented by important accounts and studies. The library subscribes to the current collection being published under the title Corpus bruxellense historiae byzantinae.

The collection of materials on the history of modern Greece includes publications of contemporary political bodies such as the Ethnikon Apeleutherotikon Metop[omacr ]n, and the writing of such political figures as Metaxas, Venizelos, and Grivas. In addition are files of scholarly journals, among them the Deltion of the Historike kai Ethnologik[emacr ] Heraireia t[emacr ]s Hellados and the Bulletin of the Hetairia Diethn[omacr ]n Melet[omacr ]n. The extensive holdings of the publications of regional learned societies deal with a variety of historical topics and are well represented by Balkan Studies, Kypriakai spoudai, Kr[emacr ]tika chronica, Hetairia kr[emacr ]tik[omacr ]n historik[omacr ]n melet[omacr ]n, and many others. Standard works in various European languages are present: there is a large number of travel books, including many of the elaborate plate books of the nineteenth century. Approximately 200 entries in the Public Catalog relate to the nineteenth-century War of Independence. An interesting group consists of contemporaneous pamphlets published in the United States, among them Daniel Webster's speech (1824) on the Greek Revolution. Greek underground movements during World War II are well documented.

The holdings of Greek public documents relating to international affairs are weak; the section relating to internal affairs, although incomplete, contains some important series. The Ephemeres tes kuvernescos (Daily Journal) of the Cabinet is complete from 1899. Serial publications in Greek and French of the Statistikon Graphieion, the majority of which commenced in the late 1930s, cover many commercial, financial, and social aspects of the country, providing adequate materials for the study of economics and certain related fields.

A group of books and indexed magazine articles on Crete and Mount Athos supply reference materials for these areas. Related holdings for the study of Mount Athos are to be found in the art and religion resources.