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Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman mythology /
Luke Roman and Monica Roman.
imprint
New York : Facts On File, Inc., c2010.
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xi, 548 p. : ill.
ISBN
9780816072422 (hc : alk. paper)
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New York : Facts On File, Inc., c2010.
isbn
9780816072422 (hc : alk. paper)
local note
Victoria University Library copy donated by The Friends of Victoria University Library.
catalogue key
6974824
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2010/03/12.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Greek and Roman mythology has fascinated people for thousands of years, and its influence on cultures throughout Europe, America, North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere attests to the universal appeal of its stories.
Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology examines the best-known figures of Greek and Roman mythology together with the great works of classical literature that are the sources for our mythological understanding. In 365 A-to-Z entries, this encyclopedia presents ancient mythology from a literary perspective and features numerous illustrations from both ancient and modern works of fine art to show how myths have been transmitted in visual form through the ages.
Entries include:
Greek and Roman gods and heroes, such as Athena, Achilles, Apollo, Heracles, Odysseus, Orpheus, Poseidon, and Zeus
Mythological creatures, such as Cerberus, the Gorgons, the Minotaur, and Pegasus
Great works of literature that provide the sources for classical mythology, including the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Aeneid of Virgil, the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, and the Metamorphoses of Ovid
and much more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
No shortage of reference works covering the world of classical mythology exists, and as the authors of this new one-volume encyclopedia concede, previously published works such as Pierre Grimal's Dictionary of Classical Mythology (1985) have much broader coverage of the subject. However, L. Roman (Memorial Univ., Newfoundland) and M. Roman (independent scholar) have taken a different approach to the topic. Although this volume covers some 300 major figures of classical mythology, the focus is on where and how they appeared in the works of Greek and Roman writers. Thus classical writers whose works featured mythological themes are also included. The most notable aspect of the encyclopedia is the extensive treatment of the relevant texts themselves. More than 50 are featured, such as Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound and Apollonius of Rhodes's Voyage of the Argonauts. For most, a detailed synopsis and lengthy commentary are provided. In addition to literary sources, many entries also identify representations of mythological subjects in art. Appearing throughout are illustrations of artwork inspired by mythology dating from the classical period through the 19th century. This is a beneficial resource for anyone wanting to explore the original classical sources of Greek and Roman mythology. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. R. P. Nash University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Greek and Roman mythology has fascinated people for more than two millennia, and its influence on cultures throughout Europe, America, North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere attests to the universal appeal of the stories.

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