VCE Ancient history - units 3 & 4

A guide to the VCE units on Ancient History including Egypt, Greece and Rome

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Clare Harlow
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This guide will assist you to locate relevant resources for your VCE Ancient History units.

The guide highlights books and articles that can be accessed online. Our Library also has extensive print resources on various aspects of Roman, Egyptian and Greek ancient history.

State Library Victoria membership

To access much of the online information you will need a State Library Victoria membership. This is free and you can join online. There is no membership card. You will receive a member number.

Accessing full-text from links on this guide

Many links on this guide are to the online resources our Library subscribes to. When you click on such links you will be asked to enter your member number and your family name.

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VCE Ancient History Online Tutorial

Also see our full series of Senior Secondary Online Tutorials

Reading list

The Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority have published a list of suggested resources  and a Study design for the Ancient history VCE units.

Almost all these items are held at our Library and many will be held at public libraries. Because they are on a reading list they will be highly sought after and so won't always be available from a Library.

On our Library catalogue (or any other library) search by title or a combination of title and author keywords. See the tabs above for more information on searching at the State Library or public libraries.

Our Library is a research library and our material is available to be viewed by anyone but we are not a lending library. Register with the Library so you can access our journal and newspaper databases and ebooks,  and to order printed items from our storage areas. 

When you search the catalogue, the record of an item will tell you where it is located and how you can access it. It will either be available online; on the open shelves in one of our reading rooms; in onsite storage (request using your Library member number); held offsite (contact us and we will order it for you).

Example of an item available as an ebook and also in print

Catalogue search

Example of a book only available in print. Located on the open shelves with a second copy in storage.



Use the Find A library site to browse the Directory of Public Library Services or search for a specific Library

Public Library Directory

Trove is a database that brings together holdings of libraries across Australia. Libraries choose to upload items to Trove, so it contains most but not all library catalogue records. Libraries may not always remove records of books that they no longer hold. Always click on the library to make sure a book is still available at that library.  

Simple keyword search for book


Choose Borrow option for locations. Note not all holdings will be available for loan


VCE guides

See also our Introduction to the Library guide.

Past VCE Study Design documents from the VCAA have been archived on Trove.