Based on the collections in the HBLL
Robert L. Maxwell, classics cataloger, 6728 HBLL
I. Subject Headings
II. Call Numbers for Browsing
III. Periodical Databases and Indexes
IV. General Background
V. General Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
VI. Specialized Sources
VII. Recommended Internet Resources
|Art and mythology||Heroes||Other mythologies, e.g.,|
|Goddesses, Greek||Mythology in literature||Mythology, Egyptian|
|Goddesses, Roman||Mythology-Comparative studies||Mythology, Semitic|
|Gods||Mythology, Classical||Mythology, Sumerian|
|Gods, Greek||Mythology, Greek||Names of mythological figures, e.g.,|
|Gods, Roman||Mythology, Greek, in art||Argonauts (Greek mythology)|
|Names of individual gods and goddesses, e.g.,||Mythology, Greek, in literature||Camilla (Roman mythology)|
|Apollo (Greek deity)||Mythology, Roman||Echo (Greek mythology)|
|Hera (Greek deity)||Mythology, Roman, in art||Odysseus (Greek mythology)|
|Saturn (Roman deity)||Mythology, Roman, in literature||Symbolism|
|Zeus (Greek deity)|
Most subject headings can be subdivided by "-Mythology," "In literature," "In art," "-Art." For example:
Apollo (Greek deity)-Art ["-Art" is used after names]
Goddesses in art ["in art" is used after topics]
Hercules (Roman mythology) in literature
Books including information on classical mythology can be found throughout the library, but the main areas are:
L'Année Philologique. The most comprehensive periodical index of the classical world. In French, but indexes articles in all languages, including English. Articles on classical mythology are grouped under section VF "Religions" in the latest volumes (1996-present), or under VD "Histoire religieuse" in earlier volumes. Individual volumes are indexed. Ancient Studies PA 29 .A55
Essay and General Literature Index. Very general, but some coverage of
myth (e.g., under "Myth," "Mythology, Classical," etc.). Hum Ref
AI 3 .E752. Also available in General Reference.
Gnomon Online (See below under Recommended Internet Resources.)
Humanities Full Text. On the Library home page, choose "Article Indexes," then "Alphabetical List of Periodical Indexes." Click on WebSPIRS or WinSPIRS. Searches can be combined with MLA Bibliography and Social Sciences Abstracts.
MLA Bibliography. On the Library home page, choose "Article Indexes," then "Alphabetical List of Periodical Indexes." Click on WebSPIRS or WinSPIRS. Searches can be combined with Humanities Full Text and Social Sciences Abstracts.
Religion Index One: Periodicals. Fairly general, but start with articles listed under "Myth," "Mythology, Greek," etc., for ideas of what's being written currently. Hum Ref BL 48 .X1 A53
Social Sciences Abstracts. On the Library home page, choose "Article Indexes," then "Alphabetical List of Periodical Indexes." Click on WebSPIRS or WinSPIRS. Searches can be combined with Humanities Full Text and MLA Bibliography.
For general background, consult any of the standard encyclopedias (e.g., Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana, etc.) under "Myth" or related headings. The article "Myth and Mythology" in the Encyclopedia Britannica is particularly good, and has extensive bibliography.
A good standard handbook is Classical Mythology by Mark P.O. Morford and Robert J. Lenardon (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), BL 722 .M67 1999 (and several earlier editions at the same number). H.J. Rose's Handbook of Greek Mythology (New York: Dutton, 1928), BL 781 .R65, is also good.
Bonnefoy, Yves. Mythologies (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991). 2 v. Indexed. Overview of world mythology, arranged by broad culture. Includes a good introduction to myth and to the interpretation of myth. Hum Ref BL 311 .D513 1991
Van Keuren, Frances. Guide to Research in Classical Art and Mythology (Chicago: American Library Association, 1991). Good overview for doing research in the field.
Eliade, Mircea, ed. The Encyclopedia of Religion (New York: Macmillan, 1987). 15 v. + index. Excellent articles with extensive bibliography. Hum Ref BL 31 .E46 1993
Ausführliches Lexikon der griechischen und römischen Mythologie (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1965). 10 v. In German. Ancient Studies BL 17 .R7 1965
Der Neue Pauly: Enzyklopädie der Antike (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1996- ). 14+ v. (in progress). In German. Ancient Studies DE 5 .N48 1996
Adkins, Lesley & Roy A. Adkins. Dictionary of Roman Religion (New York: Facts on File, 1996). Hum Ref BL 798 .A35 1996
Bently, Peter, ed. The Dictionary of World Myth (New York: Facts on File, 1995). Hum Ref BL 303 .D46 1995
Cottrell, Arthur. The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Myths & Legends (New York: Macmillan, 1995) Hum Ref BL 303 .C67 1995
Coulter, Charles Russell & Patricia Turner. Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2000). Hum Ref BL 782 .C67 2000
Dixon-Kennedy, Mike. Encyclopedia of Greco-Roman Mythology (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1998). Hum Ref BL 715 .D56 1998
Grant, Michael & John Hazel. Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology (Springfield, Mass.: Merriam, 1973). Includes maps and genealogies. Hum Ref BL 715 .G67 1973
Who's Who in Classical Mythology (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973). British ed. of (and identical to) Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology, above. Hum Ref BL 715 .G68
Grimal, Pierre. The Dictionary of Classical Mythology (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996). Extensive bibliography keyed to page number of the entries, giving ancient sources for the stories. Includes genealogical tables and index. Hum Ref BL 715 .G713 96
Hornblower, Simon & Anthony Spawforth, eds. The Oxford Classical Dictionary. 3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). The best general dictionary of the classical world. Includes brief, reliable bibliographies. Hum Ref DE 5 .O9 1996
Howatson, M.C. The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature. 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989). Hum Ref PA 31 .H69 1989
Kaster, Joseph. Putnam's Concise Mythological Dictionary (New York: Perigree Books, 1990). Hum Ref BL 303 .K37 1990
Leach, Marjorie. Guide to the Gods (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1992). World-wide coverage, arranged by type. Useful for comparative studies. Indexed, with good bibliographical sources. Hum Ref BL 473 .L43 1992
Mercatante, Anthony S. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend (New York: Facts on File, 1987). Hum Ref BL 303 .M45 1987
Oswalt, Sabine G. Concise Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology (Glasgow: Collins, 1985). Hum Ref BL 303 .O83 1989b
Senior, Michael. The Illustrated Who's Who in Mythology (New York: Macmillan, 1985). Hum Ref BL 303 .S46 1985
Stapleton, Michael. The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology (New York: Bedrick, 1986). Hum Ref BL 715 .S7 1986b
Stoneman, Richard. Greek Mythology: An Encyclopedia of Myth and Legend (London: Aquarian Press, 1991). Hum Ref BL 782 .S76x 1991
Tripp, Edward. Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology (New York: Crowell, 1970). Hum Ref BL 303 .T75 1970
Grove Dictionary of Art (New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 1996). 34 v. Also available online (look up in the Library catalog for link).
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC) (Zurich: Artemis, 1981-1999) 16 v. + Indexes. Arranged by mythological name. Extremely comprehensive, covering all known works of ancient art illustrating mythological themes and subjects. Articles in English, German, French, or Italian. Each v. has two parts: pt. 1 is text and commentary, pt. 2 is plates, showing most of the works (in black and white). Articles have extensive bibliography of sources and modern treatments. Ancient Studies N 7760 .L49 1981
Reid, Jane Davidson. The Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). 2 v. Arranged by mythological name. Lists modern works, both art and literature, based on classical mythology. Bibliographies of sources, later treatments. Hum Ref NX 650 .M9 R45 1993
Rochelle, Mercedes. Mythological and classical world art index: a locator of paintings, sculptures, frescoes, manuscript illuminations, sketches, woodcuts and engravings executed 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1900, with a directory of the institutions holding them (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1991). Hum Ref N 7760 .R63 1991
Digitized images of art, including depictions of myth, are available through the Library's home page. Click on "Sound & Images," then click on "AMICO" under "Images & Graphics." Once in AMICO, click on the simple or advanced search.
See also the research guides for art: Go to the Library home page, choose "Resources by Subject," then "Art and Architecture." In the right hand column, choose "Research Guide," "Reference Resources," "Classical Art," or "Iconography." See also "Symbols," below.
Categories of Myths
Andrews, Tamra. Legends of the Earth, Sea and Sky: An Encyclopedia of Nature Myths (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1998). Alphabetic arrangement. Includes guide to primary sources, bibliograpy, indexes. Hum Ref BL 435 .A53 1998
Leeming, David Adams & Margaret Adams Leeming. Encyclopedia of Creation Myths (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1994). Hum Ref BL 325 .C7 L44 1994. Also available as an e-book (for access, look up the title in the library catalog).
Room, Adrian. NTC's Classical Dictionary: The Origins of the Names of Characters in Classical Mythology (Lincolnwood, Ill.: National Textbook Company, 1990). Hum Ref BL 727 .R58 1990
See Folklore Research Guide: on the Library home page, go to "Resources by Subject," then choose "Folklore."
Boswell, Fred & Jeanetta Boswell. What Men or Gods are These?: A Genealogical Approach to Classical Mythology (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1980) Hum Ref BL 782 .B6
Parada, Carlos. Genealogical Guide to Greek Mythology (Jonsered: Astrom, 1993) (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology ; vol. 107). Hum Ref BL 785 .P37 1993
See also Grimal, Dictionary of Classical Mythology and Grant & Hazel, Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology (above, under General Dictionaries)
Bell, Robert E. Dictionary of Classical Mythology: Symbols, Attributes and Associations (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1982). Arranged by symbol or attribute, e.g., "lamb," "serpent," "music," showing mythological figures associated with each. Hum Ref BL 715 .B44 1982
Preston, Percy. A Dictionary of Pictorial Subjects from Classical Literature: A Guide to their Identification in Works of Art. (New York: Scribner, 1983). Hum Ref N 7760 .P68 1983
See also "Art," above.
Ann, Martha & Dorothy Myers Imel. Goddesses in World Mythology (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1993). Arranged by culture. Connects goddesses across cultures through cross-references. Includes bibliography and index. Hum Ref BL 473.5 .A66 1993. Also available as an e-book (for access, look up the title in the library catalog).
Bell, Robert E. Women of Classical Mythology: A Bibliographical Dictionary (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1991). Includes references to ancient sources. Index of male names mentioned in the articles. Hum Ref BL 715 .B445 1991. Also available as an e-book (for access, look up the title in the library catalog).
The Perseus Digital Library (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu) This site contains ancient literary sources, in the original language and in English translation, digital images, and maps.
Gnomon Online (http://www.gnomon.ku-eichstaett.de/Gnomon/en/) This site includes bibliographies of articles, books, reviews, and translations. Choose "title search."
Bullfinch's Mythology (http://www.greekmythology.com/Books/Bulfinch/bulfinch.html) Tells the basic stories, with hotlinks to other websites for more information about particular characters, etc.
Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources (http://web.uvic.ca/grs/bowman/myth/index.html) Includes digital images, links to other sites.
Classical Mythology (http://www.classicalmythology.org/) A study guide to Morford & Lenardon's Classical Mythology (see above, under General Background)
The Ovid Project (http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/ovid/index.html) Images from early illustrated editions of Ovid.
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