Robert Graves's two volumes have been in print for over 60 years, with good reason. This was a model for all future handbooks that probably few of them lived up to (the introduction explains the structure Graves planned for every chapter). Meticulous, rich in interpretations, a stimulus for anyone with imagination (including young writers): its wonderful strengths are famous. Any newer interpretations that classical scholars have developed over the intervening 50 years can be explored later. This is the starting point.