Facts on File Dictionary of Classical and Biblical Allusions (Writers Reference)

Author: David Pickering, Martin H. Manser
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2003
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 465
Isbn10 Code: 0816048681
Isbn13 Code: 9780816048687

From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up--This companion volume to The Facts On File Dictionary of Cultural and Historical Allusions (2000) focuses on literary references from Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic mythology, as well as the Bible. The book contains approximately 2000 alphabetically arranged entries with pronunciations, definitions, examples, origins, and quotes. Definitions and origins of names such as "Ishmael," "Goliath," and "Pygmalion"; places including "heaven's gate," "Mount Parnassus," and "Shiloah"; and objects such as the "olive branch" are included. Students can also find entries on concepts such as "dog days," "lilies of the field," and "Oedipus complex"; and phrases like "carpe diem," "a house divided against itself," and "fly in the ointment." Cross-references are provided. This is a valuable book for students and for casual readers to find word or phrase origins. High school teachers and librarians will find it quite useful as a ready reference tool.--Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright