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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Encyclopedia Mytica: An Encyclopedia on Mythology, Folklore, and Legend.

Currently almost 6,000 articles, including myths, folktales, images, genealogy tables, a pronunciation guide, and a list of concepts and their personifications.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Search for literary allusions.

Etymological Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Traces English words which have their origin in Greek and Roman mythology.


Bulfinch's Mythology: The Age of Fable

The classic nineteenth century work.

Perseus Ditigal Library

Extensive digital library of resources for the study of Ancient Greece and Rome. Over 47,000 images of architecture, sculpture, coins, vases, and sites; hundred of complete works (searchable) by ancient authors in Greek or Latin and English translation; an encyclopedia; the full Liddell-Scott-Jones Lexicon of Classical Greek with links into Perseus texts; and an on-line edition of the Lewis and Short Latin Dictionary.

Classica Course CLA 212: Mythology

Primarily a database of images; includes basic bibliography and family trees.

Essays and Texts

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

Searchable edition of Sir James Frazer's monumental 1922 work.


Literature Resource Center
Augmented compendium of Gale basic literary resources including Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, and the Reference Guide to World Literature. Searchable by author, title, genre, literary movement and theme. Includes a Research Guide and a searchable edition of the Merriam- Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.

Humanities Index 1984- .
Index to over 350 core English-language periodicals in the humanities, including literature, history, philosophy, religion, and related subjects.

MLA Bibliography 1963- .
The most comprehensive index to literary studies, MLA indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics and folklore. Coverage includes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings,etc.

Site Indexes

Myths and Legends

Christopher B. Siren's outstanding collections of links.

The Ancient World Web: Mythology and Religion

Part of Julia Hayden's excellent directory of sites relating to the pre-classical and classical world, the Ancient World Web.


Part of the Classics Unveiled site.

Search Engines


Peer-reviewed, limited area internet search engine designed to limit searches to sites focusing on the ancient and medieval worlds.

Currently the biggest of the general search engine, Google searches over 1.25 billion sites. It works especially well for finding relevant sites for things you can name: institutions, companies, people, specific resources, etc.

Search Engine Comparison Chart
From the Kansas City Public Library.

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April 8, 2002