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Title:
The Facts On File dictionary of classical and biblical allusions
Author:
Manser, Martin H.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Facts on File, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xi, 448 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Companion to: Facts on File dictionary of cultural and historical allusions.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816048687

9780816048694
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Summary

Summary

This indispensable work is a comprehensive resource offering abundant information that students and general readers of all ages will find clear and to the point. A useful companion to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions explains the meanings and origins of allusions from the Bible and classical mythology, including Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic, and Egyptian. It features approximately 2,000 entries, from Abelard and Heloise to Zeus. It covers biblical and mythological figures (Narcissus, Athena, Daniel), places (Mount Olympus, Gesthemane, Elysian Fields), key concepts (doomsday, utopia), and other references with biblical and mythological origins (judgment of Solomon, salt of the earth, patience of Job, labors of Hercules). It also includes a pronunciation key for difficult words or terms; examples of usage; and extensive cross-references.


Author Notes

Martin H. Manser is a writer and reference book editor with an academic background in linguistics


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This dictionary is the latest effort by the author of, among other titles, The Facts On File Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases 0 (2002) and The Facts On File Dictionary of Proverbs0 RBB Mr 15 03, which are somewhat similar in format. As a companion volume to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions0 (2000), the 0 new dictionary contains approximately 2,000 allusions drawn from the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, and Norse mythology and includes some Egyptian and Celtic examples. All allusions predate 1,000 C.E. Each entry begins with the term (followed in some cases by a pronunciation guide), focuses on an explanation, and ends with an example. About half of the examples are from literature; others are sample constructions to illustrate common usage. Biblical allusions seem to outnumber other types, and all biblical quotations are taken from theingames Version. The Facts On File Dictionary of Classical, Biblical, and Literary Allusions0 (1987) is broader in scope but has no examples as the present volume does. Focused content and alphabetical entry by allusion are strengths of this dictionary in comparison to Allusions--Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary0 (Gale, 1986). The latter's advantages include wider coverage, higher numbers of allusions, and access by theme. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions0 (1999) and The Oxford Dictionary of Allusions0 (2001) contain more in-depth descriptions and extensive literary quotations illustrating each allusion but have many fewer classical and biblical allusions. The0 Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions0 is recommended for high-school and public libraries and academic libraries serving undergraduates. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This companion volume to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions (2000) focuses on literary references from Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic mythology, as well as the Bible. The book contains approximately 2000 alphabetically arranged entries with pronunciations, definitions, examples, origins, and quotes. Definitions and origins of names such as "Ishmael," "Goliath," and "Pygmalion"; places including "heaven's gate," "Mount Parnassus," and "Shiloah"; and objects such as the "olive branch" are included. Students can also find entries on concepts such as "dog days," "lilies of the field," and "Oedipus complex"; and phrases like "carpe diem," "a house divided against itself," and "fly in the ointment." Cross-references are provided. This is a valuable book for students and for casual readers to find word or phrase origins. High school teachers and librarians will find it quite useful as a ready reference tool.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This dictionary lists and explains the meaning and origins of over 2,000 allusions drawn from the Bible and from Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology, none dating after 100 CE. Coverage includes mythological figures, places, and concepts (e.g., the apocalypse), along with well-known terms or phrases (e.g., "how are the mighty fallen") with biblical or mythological origins. The book has some nice features: entries that include a proper name or words of non-English origin provide pronunciation, with a pronunciation key at the beginning of the book; entries are highly readable; and they almost always include examples of usage. It is surprising that the brief bibliography at the end of the book omits the standard work of this type, Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, revised by Adrian Room (16th ed., 1999). The index is superfluous; entries are arranged alphabetically and cross-references are found in the entries but not in the index, where they should occur. While designed as a companion to The Facts on File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions, by Sylvia Cole and Abraham H. Lass (CH, May'01), both books together cannot match Brewer's in depth and scope. Despite some nice features in the present work, academic libraries will be better served by Brewer's. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. P. Mardeusz University of Vermont


Excerpts

Excerpts

This indispensable work is a comprehensive resource offering abundant information that readers will find fascinating, clear, and to the point. A useful companion to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions, The Facts On File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions explains the meanings and origins of allusions from the Bible and classical mythology, including Greek, Roman, and Norse. The ideal reference for anyone interested in literature, art, history, and religion, the book features approximately 2,000 A-to-Z entries, from Aaron to Zeus. Each informative entry explains the essentials of the original reference and details its meaning and use in allusions. The dictionary also includes a pronunciation key for difficult words or terms, examples of usage, and extensive cross-references. Coverage includes: Biblical and mythological figures, including Cupid, Athena, and Daniel Places, including Mount Olympus, Gethsemane, and Elysian Fields Key concepts, including Doomsday and wages of sin Other references with biblical and mythological origins, including judgment of Solomon, salt of the earth, patience of Job, and labors of Hercules. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Entries A-Zp. 1
Bibliographyp. 423
Indexp. 425