To call this a dictionary is somewhat of a misnoma, as there is more than a simple few lines attached to each description. Its more an encyclopedia and somewhat of an essential one for anyone studying the ancient world. for example, Alexander the Great takes full 3 pages whilst his erstwhile founding city Alexandria takes half a page with each entry containing references to almost everything one can think of, there are not only cities and people and gods described and fully cross referenced there are also ideas such as ''Edict'' or Eduction split into Greek and Roman or the definition of Freedman. These days wikipedia is considered the be all and end all but this book is itself a mini wikipedia. It allows you to look up individual ideas or gods or people and cross reference them. Its not that expensive for what it is (and I have the hardback version which will be with me until my end), so its a great investment if you are interested in the ancient world.
on 5 December 2005
This is a superb book for the intelligent general reader who wants to understand references from the past and to know what modern scholarship can tell us about the classical world . The prose is elegant and precise, the cross-referencing makes it possible to expand one's horizons with little effort. This book is outstandingly good value, and will be useful for many years to come.
on 5 December 2005
For once you can judge a book by its cover: both are stunning! I know of no other scholar who has so magically wedded a meticulous eye with a continual consideration for the lay reader. Reading this book you feel the presence of an author who truly loves the Classical World, in its broadest sense: encompassing literature, history, philosophy, and sociology. Whether you've always loved the classics or always hated them, I urge you to read this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
on 12 November 2012
Obviously I don't recommend that you sit and read this book from start to finish, because that isn't why you should pick it up. It is a great tool to have incase you are trying to remember something about the classical world that you can't remember, or even something to skim through now and then. The Oxford series can be relied upon to be correct and brief, but not brief enough that it won't answer what you are trying to find out. Each one whether it is the Classical World, or Myths, or Grammar, are like short Encyclopaedias, and a great and fascinating read. Try picking a page, finding a place or name, and try to use it in a sentence, fun game if you a geek like myself.