Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology


By (author) Jennifer R. March

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  • Publisher: Cassell Reference
  • Format: Paperback | 832 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 199mm x 51mm | 649g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 030435788X
  • ISBN 13: 9780304357888
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, bibliog

Product description

This fascinating and superbly authoritative work explores one of the richest veins of world mythology, providing unique insights into the classical world and its enormous impact on successive civilisations. The dictionary covers all of the principal myths, personalities, places, animals, monsters, heavenly bodies and events of classical mythology. The outline accounts are backed by extensive quotation from the original sources, which help bring the narrative to life and show how literary traditions shaped the development of classical mythology. Bibliographies are included throughout.

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Author information

Dr Jenny March lectures and publishes extensively on Greek tragedy, Homer, and classical mythology, and is attached to Corpus Christi College, Oxford; her lively enthusiasm for Classics has done much to promote support for the subject, both through publicity work for the Classical Association and as Editor of its journal CA News. Jenny March lives in Ropley, Hampshire.

Editorial reviews

Greek myths pervade our own art and literature almost as much as they influenced that of classical times, and this handsome volume is an invaluable guide. Never again need we feel daunted by the host of characters involved; there are five different entries for Argus, for instance, including the man who built the Argo for the Argonauts, and Odysseus's 20-year-old dog. The references are richly illustrated, with quotations, photographs and even genealogies, while important appearances in both classical and post-classical art are noted. (Kirkus UK)