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Classics

Because of its history as a liberal arts college, Bowdoin has gathered many volumes of Greek and Latin literature in sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century editions. Totalling about 475 in all, the titles include works of Aristophanes, Plato, Horace, Ovid, and others.

Some of the earliest works in the collection are listed below.
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Aristophanes
Plutus(manuscript copy)

Aristotle
Organum, 1623

Catullus
Works, 1534 and 1685

Cicero
Complete works, 1538-39, ex officina Roberti Stephani; 1588; 1642, ex officina Elzeviriana; and 1681. Also his "De Amicitia" (manuscript copy), ca. 1425-1450; "Somnium Scipionis" (manuscript copy), ca. 1450-1500; Orationes, 1545 and 1550; Epistolae ad Familiares, 1545; Epistolae ad Atticum, 1546, 1554, 1564, 1567, and 1632; and De Officiis, 1568, 1683 and 1691

Euripides
Hecuba, 1543; Works, 1602

Horace
Works, 1544, ex officina R. Stephani; 1567; 1597, ex officina Plantiniana, apud F. Raphelengium; 1611; and 1699

Livy
Ab Urbe Condita, 1549, 1612, 1644-45, ex officina Elseviriana; and 1678, apud D. Elsevirium

Ovid
Works, 1661, ex officina Elseviriana; Amores, 1661; Ars Amatoria, 1526; Fasti, 1660 and 1664; Heroides, 1620; Metamorphoses, 1567, 1602, ex officina Plantiniana Raphelengii; and 1677

Plato
Works, 1556 and 1577

Plautus
Comoediae, 1558, 1619, and 1669

Pliny the Elder
Naturalis Historia, 1548, 1560, 1615, and 1616

Pliny the Younger
Epistolae, 1478, printed by Philippus de Lavagnia at Milan; 1518, in aedibus Aldi et Andreae Asulani soceri; 1600, excudebat Paulus Stephanus; 1625; 1638; and 1686.

Sallust
Works, 1521, in aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri; 1634, ex officina Elzeviriana; 1674; and 1699.

Virgil
Works, 1501 and 1650

See also:

Belanger, Janet B.
Opera quae Extant Omnia (Almost)
This 1981 paper by classics major Belanger (Bowd. 1982) provides further information on Latin holdings in Special Collections.

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