Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

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The Thesaurus Linguae Graecae is a digital library of Greek literature currently including most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium. More than 3,800 authors and in excess of 12,000 full-text works are included. The database provides information about the names, dates, geographical origins, and descriptive epithets for each author, together with detailed bibliographical information about existing text editions for each work.

Users can search the full database, limit searches by Author, Work or Publication, or browse a selected Author (e.g., Homerus) from an alphabetical menu. Advanced Search permits combination of different terms in one search.


A polytonic Greek font must be installed on your computer in order to view some texts. You should use the Unicode option on the Search screen for texts to display in Greek. See the Unicode Fonts page for downloads. You may have to use Beta Code equivalents to enter Greek words or phrases into the search box. Advanced search provides a Greek keyboard (click on keyboard icon to the right of the Search box) on which you can click to select Greek letters.

When results are displayed, select Unicode under Settings, Greek Display for the best display in Greek characters.

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Dates covered

8 BC - 1453 AD.

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The Marianne Eirene McDonald Library located on the TLG premises at the University of California at Irvine maintains extensive primary and secondary holdings in Greek language and literature.

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Full text.

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related resources

Luci Berkowitz and Karl A. Squitier, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Canon of Greek Authors and Works , third edition (Oxford University Press, 1990).

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Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

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Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)

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