A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology Hardcover – 30 Jun 2003
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"A major contribution to our understanding of how ancient Greeks organized the vast corpus of figures constituting what we call Greek mythology."
"A major contribution to our understanding of how ancient Greeks organized the vast corpus of figures constituting what we call Greek mythology.
(Timothy Gantz, from the Foreword)"
About the Author
The late Harold Newman was a lawyer and author of four dictionaries in the field of decorative arts.|Jon O. Newman is a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. He lives in Connecticut.
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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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But why would a busy, towering figure in law complete a genealogical chart on Greek mythological figures? One answer is that it was a great mitzvah for a son to complete a work his father spent almost 30 years on. A second answer is tradition; in circles of Jewish learning (a circle which certainly includes Judge Newman), there is a Hebrew saying "Lomdei Toratecha Lishmah," loosely translated as "the study of Torah for Torah's sake." One learns because it is one's obligation to. The subject of study may vary, but the obligation is always there. "A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology" is an exemplary work of Lomdei Toratecha Lishmah. Only a love of learning could lead to a work so thorough and beautifully presented. But there is a third reason, and one that should commend others to purchase the book. It is a really useful book, for serious and amateur students of Greek mythology, and for crossword puzzle fanatics, such as my wife. One need never miss a question about Greek mythology again.
In an age when books have become a corporate commodity, "A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology" reminds of what it was once like, when great scholars labored for love and we the public could soak in that both the love and the learning they poured into their books. It was a mitzvah for Judge Newman to complete the work and it is a mitzvah for the rest of us to buy it support future projects (and five stars for the University of North Carolina Press for undertaking and publishing it): besides, you'll have a great time with it.
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