Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Review: The Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth & Religion

Most youngsters, in ages past, grew up with a knowledge of classical myths, especially (primarily) of ancient Greece and Roman. For them, this book would be a nice addition to their library. Unfortunately, in today's society (especially in the U.S.), the majority of youngsters get their only exposure to myths through cartoons, movies, and TV programs. There they are presented out of context and with no attempt to tie things together. For these youngsters, this book is a vital addition to their library.

Obviously, as a dictionary, it is not intended to be "read" but to be "referred to." Therefore, I made no attempt to do other than to sample a large number of its offerings. There are plenty of cross-references, which allow for easy expansion of the original inquiry.

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