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Harvard Style Guide: Translated ancient texts

This guide explains how to use the Harvard Style. It includes a short tutorial.

Translated ancient texts

Reference: Author Last name, Initials. (Year) Title. Translated by (if relevant). Edition (if beyond 1st Edition). Place of publication: Publisher.

Example: Sophocles (1999) Antigone. Translated by Mark Griffith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


  • Author Last name (Year)    
  • (Author Last name, Year)


  • In this tale Sophocles (1999)....
  • This tale describes a sister's fight to have her brother buried, and its tragic consequences (Sophocles, 1999).

Note: The format for this example is taken from the book "Cite them Right" by Richard Pears and Graham Shields. If your school uses a different format, go by the School format. Alternatively, check with your module co-ordinator if the above format will be accepted.


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