Soutenez Saint-Louis
Search Form

Collections and services

Archeology and antiquity

Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Gauls: methods and tools for understanding the ancient world
Louis Dupré. The Olympian temple of Jupiter and the Acropolis of Athens

Louis Dupré. The Olympian temple of Jupiter and the Acropolis of Athens

Like the history of France, the archeology and history of antiquity are among the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s centers of excellence, thanks to the age and diversity of its heritage collections.

A source science par excellence, archeology, which bridges the gap between the human past and cutting-edge technologies, reflects the most up-to-date concerns of scientific and historical research.

The Reference and Research libraries offer a broad choice of materials focusing on the Greek and Roman worlds, the Gauls, Egypt, and the Near and Middle East.

Archeology is also found within the collections on history (medieval archeology as well as North African and North American archeology), religion (biblical archeology and history), and anthropology and ethnology (the archeology of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean).

The Reference library offers a selection of materials facilitating an initial approach to archeology and ancient history.
Materials covering Greek and Latin epigraphy, numismatics, and sigillography provide readers with an ideal introduction to these disciplines.
Exhibition catalogs and a few museum inventories are found alongside major summary works and studies dedicated to the history of the discipline.

The Carte archéologique de la Gaule is found alongside richly illustrated archeological guides written by members of French archeological schools and institutes or foreign specialists.

The Library’s ancient history collections focus on textual sources: the writings of Greek and Latin historians, in either French or bilingual versions.

Essential works published by contemporary historians and recent innovative studies are available, mainly in French. These materials mainly focus on the Greek and Roman worlds. Also available for consultation are French journals such as Archéologia, Dossiers d’archéologie, Antiquités nationales, and the Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale

The Research library offers a wide range of archeology and ancient history titles. A large cluster of sources covers the major epigraphic corpora (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Inscriptiones Graecae, etc.) and major series of publications on numismatics and archeology.

Reference editions by classical authors are accompanied by a choice of studies focusing on those authors. Tools that are critical to the work of ancient historians are found alongside a sweeping overview of the most recent research, often in its original language. 

Major French and foreign journals are available on an open access basis, such as the Revue d’Egyptologie, Irania antica, and Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome-Antiquité.

The Library’s closed-stack collections cover an extremely diverse range of material. Constant effort has made it possible to build up outstanding collections from a humanist perspective: successive editions by classical authors, publications by national and regional academies and learned societies (e.g. Comptes-rendus de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, by the Accademia dei Lincei), and reports on digs in France and those conducted by French and foreign schools of archeology (e.g. Documents d’archéologie française, Matériaux pour servir à l’archéologie de la Russie, published from 1868 onwards, and the British Archaeological Reports, International and British series).

Thursday, August 21, 2014