Perseus Copyrights & Warranty

Tufts University holds the overall copyright to the Perseus Digital Library; the materials therein (including all texts, translations, images, descriptions, drawings, etc.) are provided for the personal use of students, scholars, and the public. Any commercial use or publication without authorization is strictly prohibited. Materials within the Perseus DL have varying copyright status: please contact the project for more information about a specific component or object. Copyright is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and the Universal Copyright Convention.

Yale University Press distributes the CD ROM version of the Perseus Greek materials.

Perseus offers several open source downloads of this site and its components:

  • Site: The Perseus 4.0 site (also known as the Perseus Hopper) is available via an open source code release.
    • Download the latest release of source code from SourceForge.
    • Download the text files or data here.

  • Texts: Public domain texts are available as XML source downloads both in sections and as full texts, as are many text-based materials such as searches and word analysis results.
    • To download a section of the work you are viewing or the results of a search or analysis, look for this link .
    • If a full-text download is offered, this will be noted following the Creative Commons license. Look for the "XML version" link below the license information.

  • Art & Archaeology module: The Perseus Art & Archaeology catalog of over 4,000 Greco-Roman objects and artifacts is available as a separate open source module. (You may also browse this data on-line.)
We provide access to this WWW version as an act of collegiality but without any guarantees, implicit or otherwise. We make no guarantees about access to any materials at any time or about the accuracy of any contents of the Perseus Digital Library.

Links to Perseus
We welcome all links to the Perseus site and to any page therein provided that you properly attribute the source of the data and add a pointer, whenever appropriate. Links to Perseus are always preferable to any copying of materials. Links provide a foundation for scholarly conversation across the WWW, linking avoids confusion of source attribution and gives credit for the work of the project, and some materials in Perseus are governed by special copyrights which prohibit reproduction outside of the Perseus environment, and thus should never be copied on another site without permission.

Citing this Web site in a bibliography
If you wish to cite the Perseus Web site in a bibliography, please list it with the URL, and the month and year you accessed it, as in the following example:

Perseus Digital Library. Ed. Gregory R. Crane. Tufts University. (accessed April 17, 2012).

To cite a specific work within Perseus, we recommend:

Herodotus, The Histories, trans. A. D. Godley (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1920), Perseus Digital Library. (accessed April 17, 2012).

Note that the main Perseus Digital Library is updated daily. This is only a recommended format. Consult a style guide, your editor, or your instructor for the requisite bibliographic format for your paper or project.

Special Text Agreements
Some texts in Perseus are used by agreement with the publishers who hold their copyrights.

Loeb Classical Library
Harvard University Press
79 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Oxford University Press
Walton Street
Oxford OX2 6DP

The Focus Classical Library
10 State Street
PO Box 369
Newburyport MA 01950

Translations for Bacchylides and Pindar were done by Diane Svarlien for Perseus.


Many museums and collections featured in Perseus are represented by Art Resource. There are numerous stock photos available through their website. We recommend checking their list of represented collections and museums first.

Perseus does not provide volume redistribution of any images; nor do we have the staff to provide immediate assistance with image reproduction. If you wish on acquiring an image found in Perseus, please do the following:

1) Check the credit line. All Perseus images contain a credit line. If the credit includes a museum, publisher, or other organization, you must contact that group for permission prior to contacting Perseus. Groups for which we have contact information are listed below. All of the information we have is listed here. (We either do not have current e-mail or telephone numbers for these groups, or they wish to be contacted only in writing.)
2) Provide the Perseus acquisition number or URL to the image page in which you are interested. Every Perseus image is referenced by a ten digit number of the format 9999.99.9999, where the first four digits are a year. This may be found at the top of the browser window or as part of the URL. Please include this when inquiring about an image or its status.
3) Allow time to process your request. You will be asked to provide proof of granted permission from the copyright holder, where applicable. Since most of the groups listed prefer mail requests, you should allow time for this process as well as five to ten business days for Perseus to process your request (after we have received it). Since we are not an image repository, the quality of images we offer is not print-quality, and we need time to produce a suitable image.
4) Contact the webmaster with questions. If you are unclear on the status of an image, or have other concerns, please contact the Perseus webmaster via e-mail. In order to assure that we see your request as soon as possible, please include "image permission request" in the subject line of your message. We strongly prefer e-mail contact to phone or fax.

Inquiries about obtaining rights to reuse images should be directed to the relevant museums.

For Berlin Museums:
Art Resource
536 Broadway, 5th floor
New York, NY 10012
Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz
Postfach 61 03 17
D-10925 Berlin

Dewing Greek Numismatic Foundation
1566 A Washington Street
P.O. Box 5973
Holliston, MA 01746
See also Harvard Art Museums below for some items.

Getty Open Content Program
The J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687

Harvard University Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Indiana University Art Museum
1133 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7509
See Obtaining Images.

Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
150 Gilman Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Martin von Wagner-Museum
der Universität Würzburg
Residenzplatz 2, Tor A
D-97070 Würzburg

Musée du Louvre
Porte des Arts
75058 Paris Cedex 01

RISD Museum
224 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6

Smith College Museum of Art
Northampton, MA 01063

Tampa Museum of Art
120 W Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602

Toledo Museum of Art
Rights and Reproductions
P.O. Box 1013
Toledo, OH 43697

The University of Mississippi Museum
University Avenue and 5th St.
Oxford, MS 38655

The University of Pennsylvania Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2
Williamstown, MA 01267

Fair Use
For more information, see the Library of Congress documents on copyrights and fair use. Researchers should read and consider the information provided by the Library of Congress on its site and on the home page for each American Memory collection regarding copyright and other legal rights associated with materials in those collections.