Many scholars have created readily accessible online resources to aid both their colleagues and the general public to better understand the Greeks, the Romans, and many other cultures of Classical antiquity. Here is a list in alphabetical order of some of these websites.
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A website about the Achaemenid Empire founded by Pierre Briant, one of the leading scholars in the field. Available in both French and English.
Aa digital resource for locating and studying graffiti of the early Roman empire from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. More than 500 ancient graffiti are currently available: ca. 300 from Herculaneum and another 200 from Pompeii (from the Lupanar, Insula I.8, and other locations).
Chuck Jones’s blog at Ancient World Online (AWOL) has an alphabetical list of open access journals in ancient studies.
Attic Inscriptions Online is an ambitious project led by Dr. Stephen Lambert, of Cardiff University, which provides digital versions of inscriptions from Athens and Attica. With over 1,000 inscriptions currently available, it provides a valuable resource for researchers working on Athens and its environs. Each inscription is provided as an English translation and is accompanied by scholarly notes and relevant bibliography.
Hosted by Oxford University, the Beazley Archive is one of the most helpful tools to conduct research on ancient pottery, terracottas, and gems. It consists of a number of searchable databases which allow you to quickly navigate the collection. Helpfully, all of the artifact entries contain photographs, notes, and lists of relevant bibliography.
A website by Ulrich Harsch that makes a lot of (ancient) texts available online in their original languages. Helps if you know at least a little Latin.
The website of the Chicago Homer offers the Homeric epics and the works of Hesiod (including the Shield of Heracles ) in both Greek and translated forms. Translations include those by Richmond Lattimore.
If you’re interested in ancient Egypt, check out this “learning and teaching resource for higher education” developed by UCL.
The DIOTIMA website is hosted by STOA and deals with ancient gender studies, with a particular emphasis on women in ancient times.
This website by the University of Oxford offers a selection of nearly 400 literary compositions from ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), which date to the late third and early second millennia BC. It offers transliterations, as well as English prose translations.