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For nearly 70 years, scholars and students of the ancient world have relied on the Oxford Classical Dictionary as an invaluable reference work. As the OCD has grown in scope and length over successive editions, its comprehensive and virtually unparalleled coverage has begun to push the limits of print. We at Oxford University Press are especially excited, then, to bring you this new digital edition of the OCD. With Editor in Chief Tim Whitmarsh and our dedicated team of Area Editors, I work to develop the new OCD and ensure it continues to support research on all facets of the classical world and meet the demands of contemporary researchers.

In its digital form, the new OCD is a continuously updated and ever-expanding resource that will ensure scholarship remains current and reflective of emerging subfields and perspectives. New and revised articles written by leading international authors will appear on a rolling basis. The OCD also incorporates intuitive search and browse features and multimedia, including images, links, and audiovisual clips that complement textual content and connect readers to innovative digital materials that have become integral to the field. With all these enhancements on the new OCD, one thing will remain the same: its commitment to providing scholarship of the highest caliber.

We welcome your feedback and invite you to share ideas and get involved to expand the new Oxford Classical Dictionary!

The OCD Editorial Team