Reviews for Greek and Roman Mythology A to Z


School Library Journal Reviews 2010 February

Gr 5 Up--Can't get enough of Percy Jackson and Greek mythology? Splendidly concise and beautifully illustrated, the dictionary contains informative entries that offer enough juicy details to keep high school researchers reading, but never going so far as to be inappropriate for elementary students just discovering the bountiful joys of these ancient tales. Most entries offer brief synopsislike overviews, but major figures (Heracles, Hera, Zeus, and others) and significant stories (Trojan War, "Odyssey," story of Rome) get up to an entire page or more of attention. This edition offers some new material, but it is the addition of color illustrations (nearly 50) drawn from classical and Renaissance art, including marble reliefs, artifacts, mosaics, and the intensely beautiful statues of this glorious age, that marks a significant departure from earlier editions. This volume is comparable to, but not as visually exciting as, Neil Philip's Myths & Legends Explained (DK, 2007), and less text heavy than Michael Stapleton's The Illustrated Dictionary of Greek and Roman Mythology (Random, 1993). This is a good choice for upper elementary and middle schools, as well as high schools in need of a basic, easy-access authority on Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and related topics.--Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

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