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Book Review - The Iliad

by Erin on December 27, 2011

Homer’s Iliad is one of the most compelling epics ever composed. The work is filled with tales of individual heroism, hubris (excessive pride), and haunting lyricism. It is both beautiful and tragic, and contains what are perhaps the finest examples of the ideals of the ancient Greeks.
The story depicted in the Iliad is ostensibly about [...]

Book Review - Theogony, Works and Days, Shield

by Erin on December 14, 2011

The book Hesiod: Theogony, Works and Days, Shield features absolutely stunning translations, by Apostolos N. Athanassakis, of the collected works of the influential ancient Greek poet Hesiod. And in addition to the full text of the three separate poems, there are also several other features that make this book an essential reference in any library.
The [...]

Home | Books | Reference | Book Review – The Oxford Classical Dictionary
If I could have only one book in my personal reference library for mythology, it would be the The Oxford Classical Dictionary. It’s just that good. This book is often called the OCD colloquially, by the way. Edited by N.G.L. Hammond and H.H. [...]

Book Review - Art and Myth in Ancient Greece

by Erin on December 6, 2011

Home | Books | Art | Book Review - Art and Myth in Ancient Greece
When I was in college, the book Art and Myth in Ancient Greece was considered essential reading for anyone who wanted to understand the sometimes complicated relationship between Greek mythology and art. And reading the book has been a worthwhile investment [...]

Book Review – The Metamorphoses of Ovid

by Erin on December 1, 2011

Home | Books | Classics | Book Review - The Metamorphoses of Ovid
Today, I’d like to talk about a rather large tome that takes up a considerable amount of space on my book shelves. This big, beautiful book is The Metamorphoses of Ovid A New Verse Translation by Allen Mandelbaum (even the title is large). [...]

Book Review - Possession by A.S. Byatt

by Erin on November 28, 2011

Home | Books | Fiction | Book Review - Possession
I first read Possession many years ago. Recently, I noticed it sitting on top of a neglected pile of books. Immediately I was drawn to it once again. Indeed, the striking image that adorns the cover was what initially attracted me (yes, it’s true - sometimes [...]

Book Review – Women of Classical Mythology

by Erin on November 25, 2011

Home | Books | Myth | Book Review – Women of Classical Mythology
I have a fair number of mythology books in my personal library. One of these books is Women of Classical Mythology by Robert E. Bell. It sits, sandwiched on the shelves between my trusty Oxford Classical Dictionary and a dogeared copy of Who’s [...]

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