Who's Who in Classical Mythology

Who's Who in Classical Mythology

by Adrian Room
     
 
Many of the most familiar names of classical mythology are firmly rooted in our literary consciousness, where they usually rank on a popular par with biblical figures (especially those of the Old Testament) and the more memorable characters from the plays of William Shakespeare. As such, they occur and reoccur fairly predictably in the more challenging word games and

Overview

Many of the most familiar names of classical mythology are firmly rooted in our literary consciousness, where they usually rank on a popular par with biblical figures (especially those of the Old Testament) and the more memorable characters from the plays of William Shakespeare. As such, they occur and reoccur fairly predictably in the more challenging word games and contests, in the crossword puzzles and acrostics of the more serious newspapers, and, on a more constructive basis, in such school subjects as English and classical studies. This dictionary aims to summarize current knowledge of classical name origins and to move such studies a step forward. After all, there are a hundred and one books dealing with the meanings of Christian names, yet little on the classical mythological names that occupy a secure and prominent place in the world of names that we encounter today. This dictionary contains entries not just for the names of individual mythological characters, but also for collective names, such as those of the various kinds of nymphs and other well-known groups such as the Amazons, the Argonauts, the Centaurs, and the Muses. Of course, each individual member of a group, for example, the nine Muses, has its own separate entry. This is a comprehensive guide to all of those mythological people, creatures, and places that you stumble across every now and then and always wished you knew more about. This dictionary will help you fulfill that wish.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517222560
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.65(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.03(d)

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