The Facts on File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions

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This dictionary explains the meanings and origins of allusions drawn from the Bible and from the mythology of the Greek, Roman, and Norse cultures, among others. Approximately 2,000 A-to-Z entries cover well-known and arcane figures, places, and key concepts, such as Athena, the Valkyries, elysian fields, Niflheim, aegis, and phalanx. This dictionary also offers an index of alternative forms of allusions, as well as a pronounciation key for proper names and words of non-English origin.

For writers and students interested in literature, art, history, and religion, The Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions is a compelling and invaluable guide to the references and expressions that enhance contemporary language.

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Gr 9 Up-This companion volume to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions (2000) focuses on literary references from Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic mythology, as well as the Bible. The book contains approximately 2000 alphabetically arranged entries with pronunciations, definitions, examples, origins, and quotes. Definitions and origins of names such as "Ishmael," "Goliath," and "Pygmalion"; places including "heaven's gate," "Mount Parnassus," and "Shiloah"; and objects such as the "olive branch" are included. Students can also find entries on concepts such as "dog days," "lilies of the field," and "Oedipus complex"; and phrases like "carpe diem," "a house divided against itself," and "fly in the ointment." Cross-references are provided. This is a valuable book for students and for casual readers to find word or phrase origins. High school teachers and librarians will find it quite useful as a ready reference tool.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048694
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Writer's Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Entries A-Z 1
Bibliography 423
Index 425
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