subject description and guidelines
- Cornell University Library maintains a major research collection covering all aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome: archaeology, history, political, economic, and social conditions, law, languages and literatures, epigraphy, philosophy, religion, science, daily life, etc. General chronological boundaries reach from the Bronze Age (ca. 2500 B.C.E. on Crete) to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west (476 C.E.). Geographically, the collection covers all areas that fell within the Greco-Roman cultural or political sphere during the period of Greco-Roman hegemony. The collection encompasses materials on all known ancient Greek and ancient Italic dialects and the non-Italic dialects of the Italian peninsula. The collection also includes the history of Classical scholarship in all periods and places.