Oxford Classical Dictionary
The Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD) is considered a one-volume encyclopaedia in English of topics relating to the Ancient World and its civilizations. It was first published in 1949 (OCD1), edited by Max Cary with the assistance of H. J. Rose, H. P. Harvey, and A. Souter. A second edition followed in 1970 (OCD2), edited by Nicholas G. L. Hammond and H. H. Scullard, and a third edition in 1996 (OCD3), edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth. A revised third edition was released in 2003, which is nearly identical to the previous third edition. Finally, a fourth edition was published in 2012 (OCD4), edited by Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth with the assistance of Esther Eidinow, which remains the current edition. This most recent edition is marked principally by three features: first, revision to the text of approximately half the entries; second, 90 new or replaced entries (19 replaced); and, third, thoroughly updated bibliographies for each entry.
Digital and on-line availability
The third revised edition of OCD is available online for members of subscribed institutions either via Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, or via Oxford Reference Online Premium. The third edition (1996) was also available on CD-ROM, but it was partially incompatible with more recent versions of Windows and has not been revised or re-released. The Third edition is also available from InteLex Corporation via Web access but no longer on CD-ROM (the InteLex version was compatible with all Windows operating systems).
- Pauly-Wissowa, the comprehensive multivolume classical encyclopedia, published in German and English.
- Oxford catalog entry for OCD
- Oxford University Press UK, catalogue entry for the fourth edition of OCD
- Amazon.co.uk's catalogue entry for the fourth edition of OCD
- Fourth edition ISBN 978-0-19-954556-8
- Third revised edition ISBN 978-0-19-860641-3
- Abridged edition Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization ISBN 0-19-860165-4 (hb), ISBN 0-19-860958-2 (pb)