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Women of Classical Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford Paperback Reference) Paperback – 30 Mar 1995

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  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA (30 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195079779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195079777
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,274,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An essential addition to any reference collection which attempts to cover classical mythology in some depth." -

School Library Journal

"The various myths are retold well in nontechnical language with occasional character insights. The book is quite browsable and could easily spark deeper interest." -

Library Journal

"The various myths are retold well in nontechnical language with occasional character insights. The book is quite browsable and could easily spark deeper interest." - Library Journal

"An essential addition to any reference collection which attempts to cover classical mythology in some depth." - School Library Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

Here is the first and only volume to tell stories of the women both human and divine, who gave birth to, conspired with, supported, loved, and betrayed the familiar heroes, gods, rulers, and monsters of classical Greek and Roam mythology.

More than 2,600 entries identify the women of classical mythology, place them into context with their better known male counterparts, and describe their own contributions, trials adventures and tragedies.

In addition to such well known figured as Athena, Aphrodite, and Medea, there is information on such women as Cardea, a roman divinity who protected homes from evil spirits, Echidna, a half-woman, Half-serpent who mothered some of mythology's most terrible beings; and Galateia, an ivory sculpture that came to life through the love of Pygmalion.

This volume fills a critical gap in the literature of classical mythology. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Arranged in dictionary format, this book not only includes an exhaustive collection of entries covering every conceivable female from classical mythology (even the bitches among Actaeon's hounds are listed by name), there is also a cross-reference section titled "The Men in Their Lives" which contains those males from mythology who had anything at all to do with any of the females covered in this book. Each entry on each mythological female not only provides a detailed description of her, but also contains citations of ancient source material. An outstanding reference source for those interested in legendary females of the classical world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Source for Classical Feminine Names 18 May 2008
By Nephele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Arranged in dictionary format, this book not only includes an exhaustive collection of entries covering every conceivable female from classical mythology (even the bitches among Actaeon's hounds are listed by name), there is also a cross-reference section titled "The Men in Their Lives" which contains those males from mythology who had anything at all to do with any of the females covered in this book. Each entry on each mythological female not only provides a detailed description of her, but also contains citations of ancient source material. An outstanding reference source for those interested in legendary females of the classical world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference for some less-known female characters 25 Aug. 2002
By T. Cobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book extremely useful, if a little difficult to sometimes find information in. Simply because it is only the women, it is hard sometimes to follow the thread of stories (such as the Trojan War).
As far as there being errors in it (Tammy's comment), the myths come from so many sources that any one version is bound to have disagreements with it. I feel that Robert Bell does a good job of mentioning alternate theories / myths in this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Book 3 Jun. 2009
By Edward Yarborough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most exhaustively researched reference books I've ever seen; it includes totally obscure references I've never heard of before, and I'm not a neophyte in the subject. But besides being erudite, it is also witty and entertaining, surely a rare combination in a work of scholarship. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 25 Mar. 2000
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My friend bought this book showed me(because he knows I love mythology) and I loved it. It is FULL OF INFORMATION of every female character of the classical mythology and their actions. I really loved this book after reading it, so now I am buying it for my personal collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish more stars were possible 12 Jan. 2010
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very comprehensive and very readable. I love this book so much, and in ten years have never tired of it. I desperately wish he would write one for men. It's an excellent reference, and I wish every reference book I had were written in the same style.
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