Using The Library

Our Mission

Founded by James Loeb in 1911 to place the written treasures of the Greek and Roman past within the reach of all interested readers, the Loeb Classical Library has for more than a century produced its iconic green and red editions of ancient masterworks in a convenient, affordable, and accessible format. Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; satire and the novel; history, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture—in short, our entire classical heritage is represented with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations, both in print and online. The editors provide substantive introductions as well as essential critical and explanatory notes and selective bibliographies, and the series is continually revised and updated in light of modern scholarship.