General: The best search engine for finding anything on the WWW Not just words, but also names of people and places

Writing Aids:

Writing about Literature: A great deal of useful advice from the John Jay English Department

Comparing: Prof. Licklider's advice on organizing a comparison/contrast essay

Notes on Quoting in Lit. Papers:  Prof. Licklider's advice on when and how to quote from a literary work.

CUNY WriteSite: A wealth of material on writing for different disciplines, on writing for exams,on learning to proofread for and correct grammar errors, etc.

John Jay Writing Center: For links to other good pages on writing, grammar, etc.

Literature Aids from Others:

Literature 230:

The Classics Page: An oracle for asking questions, an interactive Iliad game, readings of Sappho in the original Greek and Catullus in Latin to hear, a discussion of Agamemnon and free will, a tour of central Athens, bits on Medea, an animated discussion of Greek pottery, and much more.  This site is a lot of fun to explore and could provide ideas for your final group project.

King James Translation of the Bible  Click on the hyperlink for the book of the Bible you want to read.


Literature 231:

To hear parts of Beowulf  read in Old English, go to: 

For an online translation of Beowulf, and for maps, pix of weapons, treasures, Viking ships, mead halls, go to: 

Visit Sutton Hoo, the ship burial unearthed in England 75 years ago, and its marvelous god treasures: 

Listen to Two Medieval Songs

All the Canterbury Tales in both Middle and Modern English

Harvard's Chaucer Page, full of info

All of Shakespeare's Sonnets

King Lear - Full Text linked to Film (PBS- Ian McKellan)

Shakespearean Dictionary  (Words you may not know)

Milton Illustrations

Full Text of Paradise Lost

Cultural Sites:

Literature 230:

Greek Sites: The site of the Greek government, full of pix of places and things in Greece.  First click on English so you can read the site!  Click on Archaeological Sites and then on Delphi for fabulous pix of that shrine or on Mycenae for pix of that ancient stronghold.  Explore!  Then click on Museums and then on the National Archaeological Museum for the death mask called the Mask of Agamemnon, for vases, statues, jewelry and other treasures.  Explore!  

Perseus:  Copy this website into your Internet browser:  The ultimate site for all info about the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and their texts; glossaries, dictionaries, maps, photos.  It's been put together by a consortium of universities in the Boston area and is located at Tufts U.  It's fabulously rich, but somewhat difficult to move around in.

The Met's Greek and Roman Art :  Preview here the Metropolitan Museum's ancient Greek art before you visit the museum in person.  Also explore Indian and Chinese Asian art at the Met before you go in person.

UPenn Museum:  Click on UPenn's Greek World, and explore different themes in ancient Greece, such as Religion and Death, through the university's pottery, sculpture, and other objects.

Places in Ancient Athens  This site has excellent images of Athens.

Women in the Ancient World

How They Dressed in Ancient Greece and Rome  Click on "Start the Slide Show."

Images of Augustus Caesar and the Aeneid  Work through these websites for an in-depth look at Caesar's political propaganda and its connections to Virgil's poem.


Literature 231:

The Cloisters:  Medieval Art from the Met Museum:  This "castle" in Fort Tryon Park is well worth a visit, esp. in the spring.  Preview it here.  Then take Prof. Valerie Allen's podcast tour.

The Met's Arms and Armor collection: Preview it here, and then visit the Metropolitan Museum on Fifth Avenue in person.

 Medieval Art at the Met Museum on Fifth Avenue:  The sculpture, stained glass windows and tapestries are worth a visit.

Renaissance Painting at the Met:  Preview here the Metropolitan Museum's Titians, Rubens, Rembrandts, and other Renaissance masterpieces, and then go to the museum in person.

Frick Museum:  This home to many paintings and sculpture by medieval and Renaissance artists, on Fifth Avenue, is newly refurbished and well worth a visit.