One of the toughest thing about starting out in Classics, whether you’ve just arrived at university, you’re starting to research your undergrad dissertation, or you’re in the first term of your PhD, is all the abbreviations. Bibliographies can just look like an impenetrable secret code before you get used to how authors, ancient texts and modern journals are abbreviated. And it’s pretty impossible to google “CA” to figure out what journal that is.
I wrote once before about the, essentially, weird and illogical traditional abbreviations for Greek and Latin dramas, but I wasn’t too helpful on where to go if you’re stuck. Here is a great post from the Library of Antiquity blog about how to tackle abbreviations you haven’t seen before, looking particularly at journal abbreviations. It’s a fantastic guide to anyone who is struggling with their reading list at the beginning of term.
Hope you’re all enjoying the start of term!