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Title:
Greek and Roman mythology A to Z
Author:
Daly, Kathleen N.
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Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
146 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Summary:
Alphabetically listed entries identify and explain the characters, events, important places, and other aspects of Greek and Roman mythology.
General Note:
Originally published: c1992, in series: Daly, Kathleen N. Mythology A to Z.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780816051557
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This series explores the world's most important myths and legends in an accessible style designed for young readers. Each volume contains more than 400 entries on the major figures, places, stories and themes of a given mythology.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This well-received and accessible book for young adults has been updated. It is part of an expanded Mythology A to Z series that also includes volumes on Egyptian(2000),apanese (2003), and Norse mythology (2003). Other volumes will cover African, Celtic, Chinese, Native American, and South and Meso-American mythologies. Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z0 has more than 500 alphabetically arranged entries, ranging in length from a paragraph to several pages. Of these, more than 60 are new, and many others have been expanded. It features occasional black-and-white illustrations--some full page--a detailed index, and extensive cross-referencing. There is also a bibliography of mainly adult-level books published the past several decades. Not as visually enticing as the DK Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology: Heroes, Heroines, Gods, and Goddesses from around the World0 (DK, 1998), and featuring dictionary-type articles as opposed to retellings of legends or sagas, this nevertheless serves as a solid, reliable starting point for student research. Mythology remains a curriculum mainstay and a topic of perennial student interest. Collections that purchased the earlier version have probably noticed considerable wear and tear and will want to update. Other libraries that serve students in grades 4 through 10 should seriously consider the titles in this basic reference set. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Daly's volumes are newly updated with additional entries and new illustrations; the addition of Japanese myths to the series is welcome. Both Greek & Roman and Norse include places, practices, some rituals, objects, and myth sources. Daly is discreet: Cronus is "mutilated," Daphne "pursued." Stories of Jason, Odysseus, Balder, Loki, and lesser-known figures such as Melampus, Otr, and Starkad are briefly retold. Roberts's volume is a concise cultural introduction to Japan: the author explains kana, emaki, calligraphy styles, important historical figures, and periods (inexplicably, Tokugawa Ieyasu has no entry). Again, entire tales are told. Tiny errors-the underworld, Yomi, is confusingly called Youl and Yous, and the description of tanka under waka is incorrect-do not detract from an excellent introduction to Japanese mythology and its culture. Roberts deserves credit for including the sensitive Horse Rider Theory and connecting ancient history and archaeological finds to myths. None of the volumes have genealogical tables, and Greek & Roman and Norse lack the pronunciation help that is so useful in Japanese. Daly omits some alternative Norse spellings, but gives variant Greek and Latin forms in the classical volume. All of the titles include unattributed, undated black-and-white illustrations that are sometimes pedestrian and/or bland. The relatively brief entries will attract browsers. All three books offer fine, and in the case of the Roberts's volume, otherwise scarce, resources.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Praise for the previous edition:The format is accessible, making the book useful for school assignments, as well as enjoyable for general reading...A comprehensive and well-written introduction to a popular subject.--School Library JournalAs humankind has become more technologically advanced and obtained a greater understanding of the forces that shape the world, in most cultures science has edged out myths as the authoritative source for explanations of natural phenomena and answers to many questions. Despite this, in popular culture and in the creative arts especially, myths continue to resonate. The mythology of the Greeks and Romans fascinates people today after more than two millennia, and its influence on cultures throughout Europe, America, North Africa, the Middle East, and elsewhere attests to the universal appeal of the stories.Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z, Revised Edition is a vividly written reference to the characters, objects, and places whose stories compose the mythic lore of two great civilizations. This illustrated A-to-Z guide offers a comprehensive look at the major figures, places, stories, objects, and themes in the myths of these important civilizations.The revised edition of Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z includes an introductory essay that recounts the history of ancient Greece and Rome and illuminates the way of life of the people of these lands. Insightful entries offer straightforward, easy-to-read descriptions and explain the significance of the topics covered. The book contains dozens of new entries on topics and themes of interest to young readers as well as new illustrations and an updated bibliography. Its fascinating content and accurate descriptions make Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z, Revised Edition a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in mythology or Greek and Roman history. New entries cover: Constellations Historic sites Gods and goddesses Heroes and heroines Ancient festivals and rituals Cultural spread and influence. Excerpted from Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z: A Young Readers Companion by Kathleen N. Daly 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.