Classics in the Russell Library

Here’s a taster of the wonderful collection of books and manuscripts in the Russell Library at Maynooth University..

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Ruth O’Hara, Collections and Content

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Study of the classical world has been a staple of this University for centuries. The Russell Library’s classic’s collection, which was amassed largely by the early professors of St. Patrick’s College, is eclectic covering all areas of the ancient world and indeed it transcends disciplines. So, besides Homer and Virgil, for example, sit the poems of Catullus, the theological tracts of Ambrose of Milan, and the philosophical musings of Aristotle. One blog can’t hope to capture the extent and range of such a collection so, instead, I just want to look at some of the ways that we in the Russell Library continue to foster interest in this diverse subject area by integrating it into the research, teaching and life of the University.

We have found our classics collection to be a really useful resource for postgraduate students, for example, who engage with primary source…

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One Response to “Classics in the Russell Library”

  1. Let’s hope that stuff in online journals will still be accessible in a few hundred or a few thousand years.

    It’s probably easier to read several-thousand-years-old cuneiform tablets than punched cards from the 1970s. 😐

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