Sunday, June 11, 2006

Greek Anti-Recommendations

I walk into my local university library and discover that they seem to have quite a lot of scholarly books on ancient Greece and its myths, religion, etc. I figure, it can't hurt to start reading some of this stuff if I'm going to get serious about this Greek thing. Right?

Problem is, I don't know the gold from the crap. I know a few titles that are supposed to be good places to start (which is why I was there in the first place), but the rest of the books there I have no idea.

So. Greek people: Are there any books you would specifically recommend staying far, far away from? Short of that, are there any specific "red flags" you look for that tell you a book is not going to be a reliable source? I figure if there's no reason to avoid these books, it's probably worth reading at least some of them, but I don't want to waste a lot of time on stuff that "everybody knows" is junk anyway, at least not until I get a better handle on what is and isn't good information.

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