Welcome to the Oxford Classical Dictionary

Learn more

Letter from the editor


Plato, life and work, c. 429–347 BCE


"Accounts of Plato’s life are elusive. We cannot use Plato’s life to contextualize his ideas because we have no firm grasp on the life. This suits Plato’s intent in using the dialogue form, in which he never appears as a participant..." – By Julia Annas


women in philosophy

"“Emotion” is a vernacular rather than a scientific concept. The experiences that are called emotions in English are a subset of a wider range of affective experiences. Categories of particular emotions..." – By Douglas Cairns

What's New to the OREs

In August 2023, 126 full new articles, 15 revised, 0 summary articles, spread across 22 subjects have been published on the Oxford Research Encyclopedias platform. 

What's New to the Oxford Classical Dictionary?

Explore a list of our recently published and revised articles by month.

Explore Oxford Scholarly Editions

Oxford University Press’s Greek and Latin editions and translations, including the Oxford Classical Texts series, are now available online.

For Librarians

Oxford University Press offers a variety of tools to help you promote your access to the Oxford Research Encyclopedias and get the most out of these resources.

Maps of the Ancient World

Explore our selection of maps from the Bronze age to the reign of Constantine.