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The Oxford Classical Dictionary Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012

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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 7.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,807 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)

About the Author

Simon Hornblower is a Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author and editor of many books, among them a Commentary on Thucydides in 3 volumes (OUP, 1991-2008). Antony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Newcastle, UK. Among his publications are The Complete Greek Temples (Thames and Hudson, 2006) and (ed.) The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies (CUP, 2007). Esther Eidinow is Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at the University of Nottingham. Her publications include Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks (OUP, 2007) and Luck, Fate, and Fortune: Antiquity and its Legacy (I.B. Tauris, 2010).


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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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I used this dictionary when doing my BA in Classical Studies and have subsequently bought it for a friend who is very interested in the Classics. It's the definitive and ultimate reference work on the Classical world and is edited by the top scholars in Classics. It's worth every penny and of invaluable use for student and lay reader alike. I highly recommend it.
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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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