Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Jennifer R. March


Jenny March’s acclaimed Dictionary of Classical Mythology, first released in 1998 yet lengthy out of print, has been broadly revised and improved together with a totally new set of lovely line-drawing illustrations for this Oxbow version. it's a finished A – Z advisor to Greek and Roman mythology. All significant myths, legends and fables are right here, together with gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, risky girls, mythical creatures and monsters. Characters akin to Achilles and Odysseus have large entries, as do epic trips and heroic quests, like that of Jason and the Argonauts to win the Golden Fleece, all along a plethora of data at the construction of the cosmos, the numerous metamorphoses of gods and people, and the Trojan battle, plus extra minor figures – nymphs, seers, kings, rivers, to call yet a few.

In this fantastically authoritative paintings the myths are brilliantly retold, besides any significant editions, and with broad translations from historical authors that supply lifestyles to the narratives and a feeling of the colourful cultures that formed the advance of classical fable. The 172 illustrations supply visible immediacy to the phrases, by means of displaying how old artists perceived their gods and heroes. The influence of myths on historic artwork can be explored, as is and their impression within the post-classical arts, emphasising the continuing concept afforded via the traditional myths.

Also incorporated are maps of the traditional international, an inventory of the traditional assets and their chronology, the extra vital genealogies, and an index of recurrent legendary motifs.

Praise for the 1st edition:

“… the Dictionary of Classical Mythology is exemplary, certainly the easiest i've got consulted … truly and engagingly written …it not just provides trustworthy solutions but in addition encourages examining on.” Simon Goldhill, occasions Literary Supplement

“a prodigious, authoritative gazetteer, every one access either typographically and stylistically readable, and in the event you comprehend greater than is contained in those pages you then don't have any desire of it.” Nicholas Lezard, mother or father e-book of the Week

“Greek myths pervade our personal artwork and literature nearly up to they encouraged that of classical occasions, and this can be a useful guide.” the nice booklet Guide

“… a latest encyclopaedia of delusion and legend that's trouble-free in structure, presentation and magnificence … brilliant and readable.” Paula James, The Classical Review

“These tales are often the spark that ignites a much broader curiosity within the classical international, and March presents a wealth of inflammatory material.” Charles Paterson, JACT Review

“This dictionary will nonetheless be priceless throughout the following century.” Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones

“… bright, particular the place it issues, but concise, actual, no padding, continually to the purpose – it’s a pleasure to read.” Herwig Maehler

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