Classical Antiquity

Special Collections holds materials related both to classical texts and archaeological antiquities.  Particular areas of strength include a large collection of documents related to ancient philosophy, especially Plato, Aristotle, the Neoplatonists, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, and works by ancient and medieval authors who have a significant place in the history of Western ideas more generally.  Special Collections also has around 100 editions of Ovid’s works, especially illustrated editions and editions from the 16th century, and a collection of archaeological antiquities, particularly 19th and early 20th century descriptions, often illustrated, of major Greek, Roman, and Egyptian archaeological sites. Included in this area are around 300 books and periodicals the Walter Miller Collection, donated by the Department of Classical Studies in 2017.

How to Use the Collection

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

Finding Aids for Classical Antiquity

Albert and Mary Louise Lord Collection

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Albert Bates Lord and Mary Louise Lord’s private libraries were donated by the Lord family to the University of Missouri Libraries in 2010. John Miles…

Cuneiform Tablets

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Special Collections holds eight cuneiform tablets whose exact provenance is unknown. Seven of the tablets were donated to MU Libraries by the…

Incunabula

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The Department of Rare Books and Special collections maintains a small collection of incunabula (European books printed before 1501) and early printed…

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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The collection is available to all researchers. Request materialsfor use in the Special Collections reading room. These materials have been collected…

Pages from the Past Collection

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Pages from the Past is a collection of manuscript and rare book leaves compiled and sold by a New York book dealer Alfred W. Stites from 1964 to 1967.…

Rare Book Collection

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The Rare Book Collection is the default designation for materials in Special Collections that are acquired as individual items. Like Special…

Thomas Moore Johnson Collection of Philosophy

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Biographical Sketch Thomas Moore Johnson (1851-1919) was an attorney, collector, and student of philosophy in Osceola, Missouri. Though his formal…

Walter Miller Library

Biographical Sketch Walter Miller (1864-1949) was a classicist and archaeologistresponsible for the first American excavation in Greece. He received…

Related Exhibits

Life and Letters in the Ancient Mediterranean

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This exhibit brings together the strangeness and familiarity of the ancient past, concentrating in particular on the literary and intellectual...

Selected Items

[Cuneiform tablet]. [Messenger text].

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1. 5(disz) sila3 kasz saga 3(disz) sila3 ninda
#tr.en: 5 sila of high-quality beer, 3 sila of bread,
2. 2(disz) gin2 i3 2(disz) gin2…

Metamorphoses. Italian & Latin

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Manuscript.
Title from half-title of Liber primus.
Leaves numbered in pencil: 1-512.
Each book has separate half-title page.
Interlinear…

Coptic Bible : [1 leaf]

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Fragment of Greek Papyrus 100-300? A.D. According to Roger Bagnell it is a Coptic Bible. A rare fragment.

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