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Classical Studies Library Guide: Ancient Mythology - useful tools and sources

a Library guide for Classics students

Databases for Classics

Apart from Annee Philologique, some other databases useful for Ancient Mythology in particular, are:

 ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials – via EBSCOhost 

Academic Search Premier – via EBSCOhost (Full Text)

Humanities International Complete – via EBSCOhost

JSTOR

Project Muse Premium Collection 

Oxford Art Online

ARTstor 

Try simple searches - words like  Mythology, followed by and, followed by other keywords separated by and such as:                                  

 Mythology and Greek and Women 

When a range of alternative terms are used, separate them with or, and be sure to enclose them within brackets: 

                                      Mythology and Greek and (Women or Female or Gender) 

If no brackets were used in the example below, the search would bring up articles on Gender, unrelated to Mythology or Greek.

 

 

Handy reference books

Ancient Greece and Rome :

 

1998

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 938.003 ANCI

 

The book of the pharaohs /

 

2003

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 932.0103 VERN

 

The Cambridge dictionary of classical civilization /

 

2006

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 938.003 CAMB

 

A companion to world mythology /

 

1979

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) WHR 291.1303 BARB

 

The dictionary of ancient Egypt /

 

2003

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 932.003 SHAW

 

A dictionary of ancient Near Eastern mythology /

 

1991

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 299.203 LEIC

 

A dictionary of Celtic mythology /

 

2000

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 398.20491603 MACK

 

Dictionary of Greek and Latin authors and texts /

 

2009

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 913.003 PAUL

 

Dictionary of Roman religion /

 

1996

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 292.0703 ADKI

 

The Element encyclopedia of magical creatures :

 

2005

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 398.46903 MATT

 

Encyclopedia of ancient deities /

 

2000

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 291.21103 COUL

 

Encyclopedia of ancient Greece /

 

2006

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 938.003 ENCY

 

Encyclopedia of ancient Rome /

 

2012

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 937.003 BUNS

 

The encyclopedia of Celtic mythology and folklore /

 

2008

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 299.16 MONA

 

Encyclopedia of classical philosophy /

 

1997

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 180.3 ENCY

 

Encyclopedia of religion /

 

2005

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 200.3 ENCY

 

Encyclopedia of the ancient Greek world /

 

2005

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 938.003 SACK

 

Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire /

 

2002

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 937.0603 BUNS

 

The Facts On File dictionary of classical and biblical allusions /

 

2003

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 803 FACT

 

Goddesses in world mythology /

 

1995

 

Hiddingh Hall Library : R (BOOK) HR 291.211403 ANN

 

The gods and symbols of ancient Egypt :

 

1980

 

Hiddingh Hall Library (BOOK) H 299.3103 LURK

 

Gods, demons and symbols of ancient Mesopotamia :

 

1992

 

Hiddingh Hall Library : R (BOOK) HR 299.2103 BLAC

 

Greek and Latin authors, 800 B.C.-A.D. 1000 /

 

1980

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 880.03 GRAN

 

An illustrated dictionary of classical mythology /

 

1978

 

Hiddingh Hall Library : R (BOOK) HR 292.1303 MEAD

 

Lexikon der Alten Welt /

 

1965

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 930.03 LEXI

 

Mythologies /

 

1991

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 291.1303 MYTH

 

The Oxford classical dictionary.

 

2012

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 938.003 OXFO

 

The Oxford companion to classical literature /

 

2011

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 880.03 OXFO

 

The Oxford dictionary of classical myth and religion /

 

2003

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 292.003 OXFO

 

The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Egypt /

 

2001

 

Main Library (BOOK) R 932.003 OXFO

 

The Penquin dictionary of classical mythology /

 

1991

 

Main Library (BOOK) R 292.1303 GRIM

 

The reception of myth and mythology /

 

2010

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 913.003 PAUL

 

Who’s who in ancient Egypt /

 

2002

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 932.01092 RICE

 

Who’s who in classical mythology /

 

1993

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 292.1303 GRAN

 

Who’s who in non-classical mythology /

 

1993

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 291.1303 SYKE

 

Who’s who in the ancient Near East /

 

2002

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 939.4092 LEIC

 

Who’s who in the classical world /

 

2000

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 920.038 WHOS

 

Women of classical mythology :

 

1991

 

Main Library : Reference Collection (BOOK) R 292.1303 BELL

 

Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

 SEARCHING ON THE BOOK CATALOGUE (Primo) FOR MYTHOLOGY

 

You can find the Primo search interface on the library web page at www.lib.uct.ac.za

Keyword Searching

Some nice results can be achieved on the Primo by typing your specific search term into the basic search box, preceded by "Mythology and separated by AND.      

eg. 

               Mythology AND Hesiod

                                 or

               Mythology AND Homer

The default screen brings up a range of sources, not just books at UCT. You can use a drop-down arrow next to the search box to restrict results only to books at UCT, or only to electronic sources.                                                                                                   

For a truly comprehensive catalogue search (bringing up 700+ titles), try pasting this search into the search box :

 

         Mythology AND (Greek OR Roman OR Classical OR Assyrian OR Babylonian OR Egyptian OR Mesopotamian OR Ancient)

 

Notice that any group of words separated by or have to be enclosed in brackets, otherwise the catalogue would return everything to do with "Ancient" for example, without relating it to "Mythology"

 

Subject Browsing

 

For much tighter searches you can use the Browse option, and type in Mythology.

 

This will bring up a list of subject headings related to mythology assigned to the book record by cataloguers.

 

The major Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers on the library book catalogue for Mythology in your areas of interest are:

 

Mythology, Assyro-Babylonian. - 299.21

Mythology, Classical. - 292.13

Mythology, Egyptian. - 299.31

Mythology, Etruscan. - 299.9294

Mythology, Greek.  - 292.13

Mythology, Greek -- Drama.- 882....

Mythology, Greek, in art. -  709.161

Mythology, Roman. - 292.13

 Mythology, Roman, in literature. - 870.9382

Beware though, that subjects overlap, so these catalogue headings will also bring up books under other shelf numbers too - in other words, these shelf numbers are handy to browse at but will not contain the whole number of books that may be useful to you.