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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (29 Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140512357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140512359
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"This substantial and attractive book should be warmly welcomed . . . a work at once authoritative and complete with an impressive standard of accuracy: the generous cross–referencing given makes browsing an almost mandatory pleasure, and it will indeed be a learned reader who does not find something he did not previously know on almost every page." Times Literary Supplement


"There has been nothing in English like Grimal′s authoritative dictionary... this text will be an essential source for specialists and general readers alike... invaluable and sorely needed." Library Journal

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ECHO

A Nymph of the trees and springs. In one account Echo was loved by Pan but loved a Satyr instead, who shunned her; in revenge, Pan sent some shepherds mad, who tore her to pieces. In another account Echo loved Narcissus unrequitedly and pined away; when she died her voice alone remained - this repeated the last syllables of spoken words.

PARCAE

The three Roman goddesses of Destiny, identified with the Greek Moirae. The Parcae were originally the attendant spirits of childbirth. They were depicted as spinning thread and measuring out, at whim, the lifespan of all mortals. They were sisters; they presided over birth, marriage and death. In the Forum the statues of the three Parcae were popularly called the Three Fates (the tria Fata).

SATYRS

Demons of nature who appeared in Dionysus' train. They were represented sometimes with the lower part of the body resembling that of a horse and the upper part that of a man, and sometimes with their animal half in the form of a goat. They had a long, thick tail, like that of a horse, and a perpetually erect penis of enormous proportions. They were depicted as dancing, drinking with Dionysus and pursuing the Maenads and the Nymphs. They were gradually represented with less obviously bestial characteristics: their lower limbs became human, they had feet and not hooves. Only the tail remained, as evidence of their old form.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By honeybee on 23 Oct. 2010
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Classical Mythology Dictionary is an excellent addition to Stephen P Kershaws book The Greek Myths. This dictionary expands upon the names, places and other information in greater detail. The dictionary is ideal for everyone from serious academic study to those who just want to learn and understand more about this subject.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By michelle dee on 29 Sept. 2010
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this book is an excellent quick reference guide to classical mythology. great value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beckyboo on 1 Nov. 2012
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Also a set text text for the course I am doing, but a little gem in its own right. It is a comprehensive, easy to use 'first port of call' for quick background information relating to classical mythology. Definitely worth the money. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlekiM on 8 Jun. 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my dad as he loves doing the Telegraph crossword but we can never find the answers to the mythology questions. So far this weekend he has found it very useful to help him answer such questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Allsop on 6 May 2013
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I am trying to improve my knowledge of mythology and I found this book condensed the information without too much effort.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William on 13 May 2013
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Yes, it's a dictionary of classical mythology, but that's about all you get. I would like to have had an introduction and a guide to pronunciation. Furthermore, there is no explanation for the structure of the genealogy charts at the back apart from cryptic notes such as 'See chart six' when you are looking at chart one. No complaints with the quality of the entries though; all those I have looked at seem excellent. You just feel there are a few elements missing here though. Another reviewer is quite right - old Graves is hard to beat.
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To any classical play or poetry read. Really thorough in referencing and cross-referencing and provides information about the
alternative versions of myths.Every classical reader should have one
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This was a useful adjunct to books for Open University A330 as it helped identify which characters were from which myth
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