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Home | Books | Myth | Book Review – Who’s Who in Classical Mythology
Of all the mythology reference books I own, my two main workhorses are The Oxford Classical Dictionary and Who’s Who in Classical Mythology. I find myself returning to The OCD and Who’s Who over and over when I’m writing for Mythography, or [...]

Book Review - Greek Art

by Erin on December 14, 2013

Home | Books | Art | Book Review - Greek Art
I adore books. That’s one of the reasons I have an entire section devoted to books and book reviews here at the site. And I feel fortunate to have acquired a modest collection of books about art and mythology over the years. I guess it’s [...]

There’s a Lamia in My Swimming Pool

by Erin on November 10, 2012

I just finished rereading the book Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. It’s a collection of tales from A. S. Byatt. Yes, the author of The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye and Possession - both of which, incidentally, I’ve written about here at Mythography.
One story, provocatively called “A Lamia in the Cévennes”, caught my attention. [...]

Recently, I started reading a book that was so compelling, I could scarcely force myself to put it down. Indeed, I have stayed up far past my bedtime on several occasions, greedily devouring more and more of the chapters. This book is called The Orphans Tales: In the Night Garden, and it was written by [...]

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Book Review - Olympian Dreamers

by Erin on February 26, 2012

Recently, I decided to reread a book I had originally studied long ago. Don’t worry, the topic is indeed related to both art and mythology. Okay, I will stop teasing you now and tell you more about this book, which is called, compellingly, Olympian Dreamers. The subtitle is “Victorian Classical Painters 1860-1914″.
Let’s begin the review [...]

Book Review - Worshipping Aphrodite

by Erin on February 14, 2012

For Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to take another look at that quintessential goddess of love, Aphrodite. So in honor of the holiday, I would like to celebrate this beguiling figure from myth by discussing a book devoted to her. The book is Worshipping Aphrodite. As the subtitle “Art and [...]

Home | Books | Fiction | Book Review - The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye
Once upon a time…
These words are a familiar beginning to those of us who enjoy reading - or hearing - a good, old fashioned fairy tale. I mention this, because a couple of the tales in the collection called The Djinn [...]

Get Thee to a Library!

by Erin on January 17, 2012

Are you looking for a couple of mythology book recommendations? Well then today, I have some suggestions just for you. After all, reading and writing about myth is what I do here at Mythography.
Bulfinch’s Mythology is an old school retelling of some of the main stories of Western myth. In all honesty, I feel that [...]

Book Review - The Aeneid

by Erin on December 29, 2011

The Roman poet Virgil may have been inspired by the epics of Homer when he wrote his famous masterpiece called The Aeneid, but he also contributed greatly to Latin literature with his fictionalized version of Roman history. For, although quite mythological in nature, Virgil’s intriguing epic succeeds on its own merits.
The Aeneid is in essence [...]

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Book Review - The Odyssey

by Erin on December 28, 2011

Homer’s Odyssey is quite possibly one of the most important works of Western literature - and certainly one of the shining examples of Greek literature. It is an epic poem that tells the tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.
Along the way, our stalwart hero encounters [...]

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