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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FAMILY TREE, 14 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology (Hardcover)
This genealogical chart is extremely useful for anyone interested in Greek mythology. I have been reading about mythology since childhood and I still get them all mixed up. It can really be confusing considering that not only each family tree is confusing, but different people have the same names. Lets say that you know your Sophocles' Antigone for instance, great most people know who she is, but what about the Antigone mentioned by Ovid, or by Apollodorus? They are completely different women, belonging to completely different families. With this chart, this collection of family trees, understanding Greek mythology, ancient Greek and Roman literature and history is so much easier.

The book is divided into three sections for convenience. The first is a complete chart looking at 3,673 names and how they are related to each other. The second section the "master chart" is a two pages family tree of the principal figures. The third section is a well researched and concise index of al the names mentioned in the book, their relationships and a citation to an ancient text for each. There is also a well written guide on how to use the book, which is very helpful. The great bibliography at the end is separated into five sections: "Ancient Sources", "Scholia", "Collections of Ancient Sources", "Commentaries, Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, and Handbooks" and "Internet Sites".

The only problem is that although the book is fantastic, it is not convenient to hold; it is too big (41.6 x 27 x 2.2 cm) and very heavy (something like 2 kilos). I can't even open it on my desk; I have to read it on the floor. Other then that, it is well researched and extremely useful, thus highly recommended.
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A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology by Timothy Gantz (Hardcover - 30 Jun. 2003)
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