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HIST 104: Antiquity to 1500

Background Information

Starting research often means finding an overview of a topic, checking facts and data, checking dates of significant events, or looking up definitions of specialized terms. The dictionaries and encyclopedias listed here can give background information, including the scope of the topic area, noteworthy people, and statistics to help jumpstart your research.

General Resources

Major Reference Works for Ancient History

These dictionaries and encyclopedias provide rich, scholarly background articles on major people, places, events, and cultures of the ancient world. 

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