Project Libellus

Cui dono...

Welcome to project Libellus, an ongoing attempt to provide a library of classical Latin (and Greek) texts with minimal redistribution restrictions. The archive is physically located at the University of Washington, Seattle, and is currently being run by Konrad Schroder and Owen Ewald. The intent of the project is to make available fairly good-quality texts at no cost; it is not to provide guaranteed top quality texts. If you are willing to pay for extreme quality, there are other organizations that will allow you to do that. The texts that we supply (rather than mirror) are either those donated to us (or released into the Public Domain) by the editor, or those whose copyright has expired, and so are in the Public Domain. As well as being available through anonymous FTP, the Libellus texts can be gotten on disk from The B&R Samizdat Express.


The following are links to various points of interest in the Libellus archive. The texts and annotations are in TeX form, but can be converted pretty easily to ASCII (for reading on a terminal) or RTF (to be read into many word processors).
  • Texts by Author, in TeX
  • Texts by Author, in HTML
  • Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar
  • Commentaries by Author, in TeX
  • Commentaries by Author, in HTML
  • Various Utilities
  • How to get ASCII/RTF versions of Libellus offerings through E-mail
  • Other places

    In addition to project Libellus, there are a few other sites out there that offer classical Latin and Greek texts.

    Oxford University

    Oxford University has a collection of varying quality texts that you can order from them if you print out, sign, and mail their Order Form back to them (essentially their texts are copyrighted, although they will give them to you for free, and they want to make sure that you know you can't give them away before they'll give them to you). A list of the texts they offer is described in their Archive List.


    The University of Pennsylvania has some material available regarding religious texts.

    Georgetown University

    The Georgetown Catalogue Project for Electronic Texts have a directory of electronic text projects in the humanities. (Their archive system is VMS, so you may not be able to access it through your Web browser.)


    The Packard Humanities Institute (they do not seem to have an on-line browsing service; but then again, I haven't looked very hard) offers a CD-ROM of many high-quality classical Latin texts in Beta Code format, intended primarily for research.


    The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae offers a CD-ROM of many high-quality Greek texts in Beta Code format, also intended primarily for research.