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The Oxford Classical Dictionary [Hardcover]

Simon Hornblower , Antony Spawforth , Esther Eidinow
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29 Mar 2012 0199545561 978-0199545568 4
'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 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, attitudes to warfare 8) social history, sex, and gender - women and the family, kinship, peasants and slaves, attitudes to sexuality

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  • Hardcover: 1648 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199545561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199545568
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.1 x 7.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rich, varied, and highly reliable ... Magnificent. An indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike. Library Journal 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 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. Booklist 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. CHOICE

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Simon Hornblower is a Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at All Souls College, Oxford. Antony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. Esther Eidinow is Reader in Ancient Greek History at Newman University College in Birmingham.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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This standard-reference work claims to be in its fourth edition now. Up until now every edition of this `dictionary' had a completely different set of editors from the first down to the third. The third revised edition only corrected a few typos. The fourth edition, as one can see from the catalogue, retained the names of two of the former editors. When one opens the volume, he finds out that very few entries have been replaced or added: nothing to justify, to my mind, the sticker `fourth edition'. At best the new material is quite similar to a supplement volume, as are the supplements to LSJ. It would have been of advantage if OUP had allowed owners of the previous edition to buy a `supplement' of the updated/new entries. There are several entries where the word `recently' is being used for works written in the 70s and 80s and a few typos, including incorrect dates, found in the third revised edition that were not corrected. In conclusion, if you have the OCD3--which is in any case still on sale--you can definitely hold on to it.

In terms of print quality and binding--something in which OUP does not excel in recent years (viz. recent OCTs in print on demand)--the print is excellent, the paper appears to be of a lesser quality compared to my OCD3-Rev. and the binding is very good (not glued).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd edition better for me 18 Feb 2013
By Arthur
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When I was young, I stumbled upon the second edition, which really impressed me with an article on fulling, and I set my heart on getting a copy when I had the money. So I finally found the money and motivation to spend the full amount on the current 4th edition, only to find the article on fulling had been incorporated into Textile production and severely trimmed. So I ordered the second edition, and there was the article as I remembered it. I do not doubt the facts have been updated in the latest version, but for learning the basics of society, I think I will stick with the second edition, which is now quite affordable.
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8 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOT NO PICTURES 5 Oct 2012
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Not sure about this book, it was too long, it had no pictures and all the characters had really silly foreign names. However carrying it around on the tube made me feel really grown up and intellectual.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable dictionary 15 Sep 2013
By Petersen, Arne - Published on Amazon.com
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I regret not to have had this dictionary at hand when I years back edited K.R. Popper's 'The World of Parmenides -
Essays on the Presocratic Enlightenment' - I now just wonder how many kilometers I covered on bicycle over a
period of 20 years in order to consult the copy in the Royal Library in Copenhagen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Living Classic 9 Sep 2013
By G. Monaco - Published on Amazon.com
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1) Arrived over a week ahead of forecast delivery, very well packed
2) Current revision contains all the "classic" (historical) entries with much better enhanced photos/diagrams AND significant updates based upon new and better understanding (particularly archeological matters)
3) Easy to read print font
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