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The Greenhaven encyclopedia of Greek and Roman mythology
Nardo, Don, 1947-
Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Greenhaven Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
304 pages ; 26 cm.
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Central Library BL725 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Hamburg Library BL725 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library BL725 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library BL725 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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The timeless heroes, gods, and stories of the ancient Greek and Roman myths have become an integral and indispensable part of the fabric of Western civilization, pervading its folklore, literature, art, and music in innumerable ways; and they remain vibrantly alive to fascinate each new generation. Classical historian Don Nardo has compiled the most comprehensive overview of classical mythology presently available for young readers.

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Booklist Review

This is an entry in the Greenhaven Press Encyclopedia Of series, which is intended to help students with research. The arrangement of the book is curious. Rather than being dictionary style, the topics are broken up into chapters ("Rulers, Heroes, and Other Human Characters," "Major and Minor Gods"), and the topics within each chapter are listed alphabetically. The table of contents lists all the entries in each chapter. An index provides additional access points. Many entries have seereferences, and if the entries to which the reader is being referred occur in another chapter, chapter numbers are provided. The book is sturdy and well designed. It will lay flat for copying, and most of the illustrations (photographs, line drawings, and woodcuts) should copy well. The writing should be accessible to advanced-placement middle-school students and above. Articles range from a few lines to a few double-column pages. One chapter covers 12 major myth cycles, which should be helpful to students with mythology assignments. Also useful is a chart showing relationships between characters in classical mythology. The bibliography has works that can be found in most medium-sized to large public libraries. This volume would be suited to school libraries and to public libraries serving middle- and high-school students. Libraries owning titles like Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology (ABC-CLIO, 1998) may want to pass on the Greenhaven title unless such material is heavily used. RBB.

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