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The Oxford classical dictionary.
edition
Fourth edition / general editors, Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth ; assistant editor, Esther Eidinow.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
description
lv, 1592 p. ; 28 cm.
ISBN
0199545561 (Cloth), 9780199545568 (Cloth)
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
0199545561 (Cloth)
9780199545568 (Cloth)
contents note
Preface -- List of new and replacement entries -- Area advisors -- Contributors -- Abbreviations -- Note to readers -- The Oxford classical dictionary.
catalogue key
8294859
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-08-01:
This rich, varied, and highly reliable tome offers nearly 1600 pages of entries that detail important topics of the Classical world from agriculture to war, social history to science, biography to religion, and just about every other topic imaginable. Two focus areas are new to this edition: anthropology and reception, an area of study that examines how a Classical idea or concept affected various societies during different periods of history, depending on the context of the people reading the narrative, viewing the art, using the building, etc. Suitable for Classical scholars and history enthusiasts alike, this book lends itself well to answering quick reference questions about historical and cultural concepts and persons. Its one weakness is the absence of illustrations, which could have added to the richness of the entries. Overall, though, this magnificent work will form the cornerstone of any institutional or home-based Classical studies library. VERDICT One of the top books of its type; an indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike.-Lauren de Bruin, The Alberta Lib., Edmonton, AB, Canada (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2012-10-01:
More than a quarter century elapsed between the second (1970) and third (1996) editions of the Oxford Classical Dictionary, with the third edition boasting 800 entirely new entries (CH, May'97, 34-4836). This new fourth edition appears ten years after a revised third edition (CH, Oct'03, 41-0661) and offers a scant 90 new or replacement articles. Many of these new articles reflect the interests of newly appointed area advisors for the fields of anthropology (Charles Stewart, University College London) and reception studies (Lorna Hardwick, The Open University), and cover topics such as madness, masculinity, film, and popular culture. Though relatively few in number, the replacement articles grapple with important and seemingly boundless topics and are far more than routine updates. At an epic 5,000 words, the essay on Homer is more than twice the length of the previous version. Beyond these full replacements, the majority of the 6,000-plus entries have been reviewed for needed revisions, and their accompanying bibliographies have been updated to reflect recent scholarship. Scholarly and succinct, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is itself a classic. Perhaps the most appropriate encomium is that it remains the source of first resort for novices and experts alike. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. B. Juhl University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
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A brilliant starting place for research into just about any facet of classics one can think of, with a depth and richness of cross-referencing that makes it an ideal and elegant tool
'a classic...a highly readable and browseable delight...should be in everyreference collection'B. Juhl, Choice
"a classic...a highly readable and browseable delight...should be in every reference collection" --B. Juhl, Choice
'a delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Westernculture...a browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer'Arthur Miller, London Review of Books
"a delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Western culture...a browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer" --Arthur Miller, London Review of Books
'an astonishing book'Robert Beaumont, Yorkshire Evening Press
"an astonishing book" --Robert Beaumont, Yorkshire Evening Press
'a remarkable feat...Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth deserve a roundof applause for the spread, exactness and range of this massive overhaul'Robin Lane Fox, Observer
"a remarkable feat...Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth deserve a round of applause for the spread, exactness and range of this massive overhaul" --Robin Lane Fox, Observer
Authoritative and informative, the work is the best single-volume classical dictionary in English and an essential desktop reference It truly has, as its editors claim, 'no competitor in any language.'
'For classical scholars, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is what Wisden isfor cricket fans: the one indispensable reference book...this book is more thana crossword-filler's vade mecum. In the sense of our collective intellectualdomestication, it is a household object.'The Week
"For classical scholars, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is what Wisden is for cricket fans: the one indispensable reference book...this book is more than a crossword-filler's vade mecum. In the sense of our collective intellectual domestication, it is a household object." --The Week
'offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal' Peter Green, Washington Times
"offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal" --Peter Green, Washington Times
'Review from previous edition this magnificent book'Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
Review from previous edition: "this magnificent book" --Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
Rich, varied, and highly reliable ... Magnificent. An indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike.
"Rich, varied, and highly reliable... Magnificent. An indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike." --Library Journal(starred review) "The Oxford name has authority in reference circles, but the invariable question in these days of easy web access is whether the price of the print work is justified. The answer, in the case ofThe Oxford Classical Dictionary, is a resounding yes. ... A brilliant starting place for research into just about any facet of classics one can think of, with a depth and richness of cross-referencing that makes it an ideal and elegant tool." --Booklist(starred review)
"Rich, varied, and highly reliable... Magnificent. An indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike." --Library Journal(starred review) "The Oxford name has authority in reference circles, but the invariable question in these days of easy web access is whether the price of the print work is justified. The answer, in the case ofThe Oxford Classical Dictionary, is a resounding yes. ... A brilliant starting place for research into just about any facet of classics one can think of, with a depth and richness of cross-referencing that makes it an ideal and elegant tool." --Booklist(starred review) "Scholarly and succinct,The Oxford Classical Dictionaryis itself a classic. Perhaps the most appropriate encomium is that it remains the source of first resort for novices and experts alike. Summing Up: Essential." --Choice "Authoritative and informative, the work is the best single-volume classical dictionary in English and an essential desktop reference ... It truly has, as its editors claim, 'no competitor in any language.'" --MLA Literary Research Guide
Scholarly and succinct, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is itself a classic. Perhaps the most appropriate encomium is that it remains the source of first resort for novices and experts alike. Summing Up: Essential.
'the book's substance speaks for itself: 364 distinguished scholarscontribute scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrateshimself would savour'Sunday Times
"the book's substance speaks for itself: 364 distinguished scholars contribute scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrates himself would savour" --Sunday Times
The Oxford name has authority in reference circles, but the invariable question in these days of easy web access is whether the price of the print work is justified. The answer, in the case of The Oxford Classical Dictionary, is a resounding yes.
'the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary should be saluted'Nigel Spivey, Guardian
"the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary should be saluted" --Nigel Spivey, Guardian
'the ultimate useful book'Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph
"the ultimate useful book" --Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph
'Review from previous edition this magnificent book'Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph'a classic...a highly readable and browseable delight...should be in every reference collection'B. Juhl, Choice'a delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Western culture...a browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer'Arthur Miller, London Review of Books'the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary should be saluted'Nigel Spivey, Guardian'a remarkable feat...Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth deserve a round of applause for the spread, exactness and range of this massive overhaul'Robin Lane Fox, Observer'offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal'Peter Green, Washington Times'the ultimate useful book'Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph'an astonishing book'Robert Beaumont, Yorkshire Evening Press'the book's substance speaks for itself: 364 distinguished scholars contribute scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrates himself would savour'Sunday Times'For classical scholars, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is what Wisden is for cricket fans: the one indispensable reference book...this book is more than a crossword-filler's vade mecum. In the sense of our collective intellectual domestication, it is a household object.'The Week
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The 3rd edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary is the ultimate reference on the classical world. It contains over 6,200 entries with contributions from a team of 364 scholars and 15 specialist subject area advisors.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The 4th edition of 'The Oxford Classical Dictionary' is the ultimate reference on the classical world. It contains over 6,200 entries with contributions from a team of 364 scholars and 15 specialist subject area advisors.
Long Description
'offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal' (Peter Green, Washington Times about the third edition).For over sixty years, The Oxford Classical Dictionary has been the unrivalled one-volume reference in the field of classics. Now completely revised and updated to include the very latest research findings, developments, and publications, this highly acclaimed reference work will be the most up-to-date and comprehensive dictionary available on all aspects of the classical era. In over 6,700 entries written by the very best of classical scholars from around the world, the Dictionaryprovides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art, archaeology, near eastern studies, and late antiquity. New entries supplement the existing material, including entries on topics such as Adrasteia, Latin anthologies, Jewish art, ancient religious beliefs, emotions, film, gender, kinship, and many more. Other specific developments include an added focus on two new areas: 'anthropology ' and 'reception'. All entries are written in an accessible style and all Latinand Greek words have been translated to ensure ease of use. Under the editorship of Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, and Esther Eidinow, a huge range of contributors have revised and updated the text, which has made an already outstanding work even better.The Dictionary covers:1) politics, government, economy - from political figures to political systems, terms and practices, histories of major states and empires, economic theory, agriculture, artisans and industry, trade and markets2) religion and mythology - deities and mythological creatures, beliefs and rituals, sanctuaries and sacred buildings, astrology3) law and philosophy - from biographies of lawgivers and lawyers to legal terms and procedures, from major and minor philosophers to philosophical schools, terms, and concepts4) science and geography - scientists and specific theory and practice, doctors and medicine, climate and landscape, natural disasters, regions and islands, cities and settlements, communications5) languages, literature, art, and architecture - languages and dialects, writers and literary terms and genres, orators and rhetorical theory and practice, drama and performance, art, painters and sculptors, architects, buildings and materials6) archaeology and historical writing - amphorae and pottery, shipwrecks and cemeteries, historians, and Greek and Roman historiography7) military history - generals, arms and armour, famous battles, attitudes to warfare8) social history, sex, and gender - women and the family, kinship, peasants and slaves, attitudes to sexuality
Main Description
A Booklist 2012 Editors' Choice Selection For more than half a century, the Oxford Classical Dictionary has been the unrivaled one-volume reference work on the Greco-Roman world. Whether one is interested in literature or art, philosophy or law, mythology or science, intimate details of daily life or broad cultural and historical trends, the OCD is the first place to turn for clear, authoritative information on all aspects of ancient culture. Now comes the Fourth Edition of this redoubtable resource, thoroughly revised and updated, with numerous new entries and two new focus areas (on reception and anthropology). Here, in over six thousand entries ranging from long articles to brief identifications, readers can find information on virtually any topic of interest--athletics, bee-keeping, botany, magic, religious rites, postal service, slavery, navigation, and the reckoning of time. The Oxford Classical Dictionary profiles every major figure of Greece and Rome, from Homer and Virgil to Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Readers will find entries on mythological and legendary figures, on major cities, famous buildings, and important geographical landmarks, and on legal, rhetorical, literary, and political terms and concepts.
Main Description
For more than half a century, theOxford Classical Dictionaryhas been the unrivaled one-volume reference work on the Greco-Roman world. Whether one is interested in literature or art, philosophy or law, mythology or science, intimate details of daily life or broad cultural and historical trends, the OCD is the first place to turn for clear, authoritative information on all aspects of ancient culture. Now comes the Fourth Edition of this redoubtable resource, thoroughly revised and updated, with numerous new entries and two new focus areas (on reception and anthropology). Here, in over six thousand entries ranging from long articles to brief identifications, readers can find information on virtually any topic of interest--athletics, bee-keeping, botany, magic, religious rites, postal service, slavery, navigation, and the reckoning of time. TheOxford Classical Dictionaryprofiles every major figure of Greece and Rome, from Homer and Virgil to Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. Readers will find entries on mythological and legendary figures, on major cities, famous buildings, and important geographical landmarks, and on legal, rhetorical, literary, and political terms and concepts.
Main Description
For over sixty years, The Oxford Classical Dictionary has been the unrivalled one-volume reference in the field of classics. Now completely revised and updated to include the very latest research findings, developments, and publications, this highly acclaimed reference work will be the most up-to-date and comprehensive dictionary available on all aspects of the classical era. In over 6,700 entries written by the very best of classical scholars from around the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art, archaeology, near eastern studies, and late antiquity. New entries supplement the existing material, including entries on topics such as Adrasteia, Latin anthologies, Jewish art, ancient religious beliefs, emotions, film, gender, kinship, and many more. Other specific developments include an added focus on two new areas: "anthropology" and "reception". All entries are written in an accessible style and all Latin and Greek words have been translated to ensure ease of use. Under the editorship of Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, and Esther Eidinow, a huge range of contributors have revised and updated the text, which has made an already outstanding work even better. The Dictionary covers: 1) politics, government, economy - from political figures to political systems, terms and practices, histories of major states and empires, economic theory, agriculture, artisans and industry, trade and markets 2) religion and mythology - deities and mythological creatures, beliefs and rituals, sanctuaries and sacred buildings, astrology 3) law and philosophy - from biographies of lawgivers and lawyers to legal terms and procedures, from major and minor philosophers to philosophical schools, terms, and concepts 4) science and geography - scientists and specific theory and practice, doctors and medicine, climate and landscape, natural disasters, regions and islands, cities and settlements, communications 5) languages, literature, art, and architecture - languages and dialects, writers and literary terms and genres, orators and rhetorical theory and practice, drama and performance, art, painters and sculptors, architects, buildings and materials 6) archaeology and historical writing - amphorae and pottery, shipwrecks and cemeteries, historians, and Greek and Roman historiography 7) military history - generals, arms and armour, famous battles, attitudesto warfare 8) social history, sex, and gender - women and the family, kinship, peasants and slaves, attitudes to sexuality
Main Description
For over sixty years, The Oxford Classical Dictionary has been the unrivalled one-volume reference in the field of classics. Now completely revised and updated to include the very latest research findings, developments, and publications, this highly acclaimed reference work will be the mostup-to-date and comprehensive dictionary available on all aspects of the classical era. In over 6,700 entries written by the very best of classical scholars from around the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law,science, art, archaeology, near eastern studies, and late antiquity. New entries supplement the existing material, including entries on topics such as Adrasteia, Latin anthologies, Jewish art, ancient religious beliefs, emotions, film, gender, kinship, and many more. Other specific developments include an added focus on two new areas: "anthropology" and "reception".All entries are written in an accessible style and all Latin and Greek words have been translated to ensure ease of use. Under the editorship of Simon Hornblower, Antony Spawforth, and Esther Eidinow, a huge range of contributors have revised and updated the text, which has made an alreadyoutstanding work even better.The Dictionary covers:1) politics, government, economy - from political figures to political systems, terms and practices, histories of major states and empires, economic theory, agriculture, artisans and industry, trade and markets2) religion and mythology - deities and mythological creatures, beliefs and rituals, sanctuaries and sacred buildings, astrology3) law and philosophy - from biographies of lawgivers and lawyers to legal terms and procedures, from major and minor philosophers to philosophical schools, terms, and concepts4) science and geography - scientists and specific theory and practice, doctors and medicine, climate and landscape, natural disasters, regions and islands, cities and settlements, communications5) languages, literature, art, and architecture - languages and dialects, writers and literary terms and genres, orators and rhetorical theory and practice, drama and performance, art, painters and sculptors, architects, buildings and materials6) archaeology and historical writing - amphorae and pottery, shipwrecks and cemeteries, historians, and Greek and Roman historiography7) military history - generals, arms and armour, famous battles, attitudes to warfare8) social history, sex, and gender - women and the family, kinship, peasants and slaves, attitudes to sexuality
Table of Contents
Preface
List of New Entries
Area Advisors
Contributors
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader
A-Z Dictionary Entries
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