Bibliotheca Classica Or A Classical Dictionary: Containing a Full Account of All the Proper Names Mentioned in Antient Authors

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Cadell, 1797 - 884 pages
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Lempriere's dictionary is a book that has lasted as a useful reference through over two centuries. It is a classic on the classics. Much of its interest is as a first reference. The language can be quaint, and antiquainted, a product of its time; it is not necessarily suited to a mythical world of sex and violence. In the cases where the Romans and the Greeks may have shared, at least in part, some mythology, the entries are found under the Latin, rather than the Greek, names. This can be most annoying, because the differences between the two related, but distinct, traditions are blurred.
The dictionary is, as it says in the extended title, quite encyclopedic. Most of the classical mythographers are used, and there are careful references. This is important for extended study, and it shows the amount of effort that Lempriere must have applied in preparation of his book. He has also added some very useful tables about aspects of antiquity, for example there is a table comparing various measurements.
As a little act of amusement, have a look at the chronological chart and, in particular the year 773 BCE, which is usually taken as being the date of the first Olympic games.

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