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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature 3/e (Oxford Quick Reference) Paperback – 22 Aug 2013
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Review from previous edition 'useful and enjoyable... a miniature encyclopedia of the Graeco-Roman world' (Listener)
a standard reference book for the forseeable future (Contemporary Review)
a volume for all seasons... indispensable (Times Educational Supplement)
will be the vade mecum of schoolchildren and undergraduates for generations to come (Sunday Telegraph)
A necessity for any seriously literary household. (History Today)
About the Author
Margaret Howatson was for many years Fellow and Tutor in Classics at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is now retired.
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NB John Roberts' 2005 Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World was another short-lived abridgement of the OCD. I think the Companion format gets it right, though I prefer the lower profile Cambridge Guides ('companions' in all but name) which have the inestimable reader-friendly advantage of pictures within the text, a precedent which Oxford, despite advances in printing technology, evidently felt a step too far, just as they cling to those depressingly institutional navy blue covers. The book under review (1989 edition) is the Oxford source I could least do without. I checked it yesterday to confirm that, yes, the BBC R4 news team were mispronouncing Palmyra (as Palmira): no change there, then