Classical & Medieval Themes in Literature

Library holdings :

NEH Mythographers

700- Pseudo- Classical & Mythological Poetry

1000- Exempla & Moral Tales

1500- Romances

1705- The Trojan Legend

1810- The Theban Legend

2105- Apollonius of Tyre

2300- Alexander Romance

2500- Prester John

2590- The Roman Legend

3000- Attila

3010- Romances of Chivalry

3350- Holy Grail

3430- Arthurian Romances

3520- Merlin

3580- Tannhauser

3610- Ahasuerus

3800- Visions of Death & Hell

4060- Animal & Plant Fables

7010- Children's Books



Library holdings :

NEF Folk- Tales

50-Single Motifs

910- Tree of Life. Paradise

1000- Death

1130- Biblical Themes

NEK Survival of Classical Myths

1450- Minor Deities

1610- Legends of Classical Heroes

NEB 400- Exempla & Moral Tales

           1500- Legend & Romance in the Middle Ages

NEG Theban Legend

50- Trojan Legend

400- Apollonius of Tyre

600- Alexander Romance

820- Aristotle & Alexander


NEP Roman Legend

NEC Romances of Chivalry

350- Holy Grail

500- Arthurian Romances

700- Amadis

750- Tannhäuser

775- Bremberg Myth

850- The Flying Dutchman

900- Ahasuerus

1000- Don Juan

NED Animal & Plant Fables

NEO Riddles

NEL Children's Books


Survival of Classical Myths


Bibliotheca Mythologica Electronica
Digitised mytholical literature from the Warburg Institute Library

Classical Myth: the Ancient sources
From the University of Victoria, Canada. Draws together the ancient texts and images available on the Web concerning the major figures of Greek and Roman mythology.

Digital Librarian: mythology links


Ancient Narrative

Electronic journal; continuation of the Petronian Society Newsletter (ed. Gareth Schmeling) and the Groningen Colloquia on the Novel (eds. Heinz Hofmann and Maaike Zimmerman) [Intranet only].

Encyclopedia Mythica
Internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore and religion, with special interest areas and image gallery

Site dedicated to the iconography of Ovid's Metamorphoses

Exploring Greek, Roman and Celtic myth and art
Resource for general information

Polymnia est un réseau de recherche international consacré à l’étude de la tradition mythographique en Europe de l’Antiquité au XVII° siècle


Digitised Fable Books from the Warburg Institute

Online collection of Aesop's Fables
Includes a total of 655+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed. Includes audio narrations and images.
Aesop's fables online
Texts in English, Latin and Greek; fable of the day; Perry system index.

William Caxton, 'Epilogue to Aesop' (1483).

Audio versions of Aesop's fables
From the LibriVox project: audio files of books in the public domain

Exempla and Moral Tales

Thesaurus Exemplorum Medii Aevi
From the Groupe d'anthropologie historique de l'Occident médiéval.


The Trojan Legend

Resource compiled by Northern Virginia Community College. Gathers and organises material about selected Trojan War stories and their historical and cultural background. Examines retellings of the legend from Chaucer to late 20th century popular culture. Each section includes links to relevant reference materials, sites, images, and e-texts online.

Images of the Trojan War myth
Photographs of locations and works of art related to the myth of Troy.
Compiled by Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Temple University

Project Troia - Troy and the Troiad - Archaeology of a Region
Joint excavation project by University of Tubingen and University of Cincinnati. Incorporates the Troia Virtual Reality Project.

Alexander Romance

The Medieval Alexander Project 
From the University of Rochester; partner project to the well-known Camelot Project. The project publicizes information that will be useful to students and scholars of Alexander in the Middle Ages in the form of bibliographies that offer descriptions of the numerous primary texts about Alexander, as well as comprehensive collections of editions, translations, facsimiles, and secondary publications concerning those texts. In addition, MAP will provide not only a general introduction to the study of Alexander in the Middle Ages but, through various exhibitions, studies of particular topics related to Alexander in literary and visual culture.

Alexander the Great: General Sources
List of bibliographical sources from the Medieval Alexander Project.

Prester John

Mandeville on Prester John, c. 1366
From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Otto of Freising on Prester John
From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Prester John by John Buchan
Project Gutenberg electronic text

Images relating to Prester John
British Library Images Online

The Eye of the Beholder: Africa Through Western Eyes
Yale Map Collection online exhibition. Includes maps featuring the Kingdom of Prester John.

Enrico Cerulli, 'Prester John'
From the Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography

M. Bar-Ilan, 'Prester John: Fiction and History'
History of European Ideas, 20/1-3 (1995)

The Roman Legend


Priscus at the court of Attila
From the Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Romances of Chivalry

Holy Grail

The Holy Grail
Scholarly overview of the literature and art on the Holy Grail. Website based on the recently published book by Richard Barber, The Holy Grail : The History of a Legend (Penguin Books)/The Holy Grail : Imagination and Belief(Harvard University Press).

Arthurian Romances

International Arthurian Society
The society exists to promote the scholarly study of the literature, legends, and iconography relating to King Arthur and his court.
Site includes electronic indices of certain volumes of the Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society/Bulletin bibliographique de la Société Internationale Arthurienne.

Homepage of the Journal of Arthurian Studies

The Camelot Project
From the University of Rochester
Arthurian texts, images and bibliographies.

Arthurian Resources
Includes a guide to Arthurian literature, a survey of recent academic research and a gazetteer of Arthurian sites in Britain

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
Sponsored by Georgetown University
Arthurian Studies links page

King Arthur Aloud
Collection of recordings by medieval scholars of passages from Arthurian texts in Middle and Early Modern English, Welsh, Anglo-Norman, Old French, and Middle High German. The purpose of these recordings is to give a sense of how the texts might have sounded to the original readers, so the emphasis is on accuracy of pronunciation according to current knowledge.
From Arthuriana, the Journal of Arthurian Studies.

Centre d'Études des Textes Médiévaux
Université Rennes 2 Haute Bretagne


Merlin: Texts, images, basic information
Comprehensive listing of literary texts and visual artworks related to the Merlin legend. From the Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.

Library holdings 


Single Motifs

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
Electronic version of the text