The New Oxford Classical Dictionary

The Oxford Classical
Dictionary 4th Edition

In print since 1949, the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD) has grown from almost 1,600 to 6,500 entries on a wide range of topics, and has been an unrivaled single-source reference for the study of the Greco-Roman world. With its accessible, concise entries, the OCD has long-served as a student’s introduction to richer study, as well as a trusted guide for scholars seeking a ready reference.

Yet as the field of Classics has evolved, the need for trusted, online resources adaptive to changes in scholarship has evolved as well. Print reference texts have been restricted by size, scope, and relevance and existing online resources are often too broad or too specialized. Recognizing the need for more responsive reference tools, Oxford has initiated the Oxford Research Encyclopedia program, a comprehensive scholarly endeavor across the humanities and sciences. As part of this endeavor, we are transforming the Oxford Classical Dictionary into a premier suite for online research--one that is digitally integrative and reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of Classics.

Transitioning from print to online provides a more robust, contemporary, and multifaceted research environment. The new OCD incorporates intuitive search options that offer easier navigation; new and continuously-updated articles that enable researchers to ensure their scholarship is current; reliable perspectives from an ever-growing, international team of contributors; and finally, multimedia content--including interactive maps, audio, and images--that take full advantage of the OCD’s digital form to vividly depict the ancient world.

Expanding upon over sixty years of trusted scholarship, the Oxford Classical Dictionary will continue to be an essential resource that combines portability, availability, and reliability with high-quality scholarship. As expected from the venerable print version, the OCD will continue to be a trusted companion for a lifetime of research, and a gateway to further inquiry. And as the OCD develops, it will be a sui generis reference among research materials for the classical world.