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Bibliography of Classical Mythology (September 2023): Textbooks

By Scott Goins and Barbara H. Wyman


College textbooks of Greek mythology are very popular and frequently updated, and so make solid resources both in and outside the classroom. Classical Mythology, by Mark P. O. Morford, Robert Lenardon, and Michael Sham, has been revised in a new twelfth edition. First published in 1971 (by Morford and Lenardon), this thorough work covers all the expected topics and includes ample color illustrations and extensive translations of primary texts. Similar works include Barry Powell’s Classical Myth, now in its ninth edition, and Lisa Maurizio’s Classical Mythology in Context (first published in 2016, now in its second edition). Powell provides extensive translations of primary literature, and Maurizio introduces a great variety of material, including modern poetry and theory, as pathways for examining the meaning and use of myths. Monica Cyrino and Luke Gorton’s A Journey through Greek Mythology is briefer and rather informal, and does not include translations of primary sources. It does however offer excellent brief summaries and includes mythology in television and film. Those wishing to look at classical myths in the context of world mythology will appreciate Eva Thury and Margaret Devinney’s An Introduction to Mythology: Contemporary Approaches to Classical and World Myths, now in its fourth edition. About a third of this book is devoted to classical myths, and the rest of the work treats other myths.

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