A Dictionary of Irish Mythology

A Dictionary of Irish Mythology

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The myths and legends of ancient Ireland are arguably as powerful and compelling as those of ancient Greece. There are stories of gods and heroes, goddesses and heroines, of high adventure, the triumph of love, and the conflict of good and evil. Irish mythology has become increasingly popular in recent years, not only through the innumerable retellings of the sagas but by the use of its themes and characters in many modern works of fantasy literature. The dictionary is arranged alphabetically and does not pretend to be an all-embracing guide for academic reference but is a work esssentially for the lay reader - a guide for enthusiasts by which they may pick their way through the fascinating labyrinth of one of Europe's oldest mythologies. It is simply a who's who and what's what of the epic sagas and tales, an accessible handbook giving immediate reference to the gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, magical weapons, fabulous beasts and Otherworld entities that populate the stories of Irish mythology.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0192828711
  • 9780192828712

About Peter Berresford Ellis

About the Author Peter Berresford Ellis, an historian and novelist, is the author of several books on Celtic history and culture, including The Cornish Language and its Literature (1974) and Celtic Inheritance (1985).show more

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"A who's who and what's what of irish legends and myths....The writing is entertaining and informative....The contents of this book suggest a thorough mastery of the subject."--Preview"The entries are concise and knowledgeable....No other reference work seems to attempt to do what Ellis' does: present to the lay English reader a window to one of Europe's oldest mythologies in a dictionary format....A useful companion."--Reference Quarterly"Readable and informative....Ellis has done his work well....A good ancillary to Irish and Celtic studies."--Choice"A well-researched and readable dictionary."--The Book Report"Succinctly identifies the role and exploits of each character as well as his or her relationship to others in Celtic cosmology....Dispels the mystery enshrouding the little-known heroes of Irish mythology....A fine complement to the many dictionaries of classical mythology."--Wilson Library Bulletin"[Offers an] extensive and valuable introduction....His annotations are valuable contributions to the study of Ireland's epic sagas."--American Bookman"Excellent reference for course in Celtic myth."--Jan Anderson, Clackamas Community College"This is an excellent ancillary text for Celtic studies. It helps make sense out of the seeming chaos of unfamiliar material."--Jan Anderson, Clackamas Community Collegeshow more

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