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The Oxford Classical Dictionary


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Preface List of New Entries Area Advisors Contributors Abbreviations Note to the Reader A-Z Dictionary Entries

About the Author

Simon Hornblower is a Senior Research Fellow in Classical Studies at All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author and editor of many books, among them a Commentary on Thucydides in 3 volumes (OUP, 1991-2008). Antony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Newcastle, UK. Among his publications are The Complete Greek Temples (Thames and Hudson, 2006) and (ed.) The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies (CUP, 2007). Esther Eidinow is Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at the University of Nottingham. Her publications include Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks (OUP, 2007) and Luck, Fate, and Fortune: Antiquity and its Legacy (I.B. Tauris, 2010).


`Review from previous edition this magnificent book' Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph `a classic...a highly readable and browseable delight...should be in every reference collection' B. Juhl, Choice `a delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Western culture...a browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer' Arthur Miller, London Review of Books `the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary should be saluted' Nigel Spivey, Guardian `a remarkable feat...Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth deserve a round of applause for the spread, exactness and range of this massive overhaul' Robin Lane Fox, Observer `offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal' Peter Green, Washington Times `the ultimate useful book' Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph `an astonishing book' Robert Beaumont, Yorkshire Evening Press `the book's substance speaks for itself: 364 distinguished scholars contribute scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrates himself would savour' Sunday Times `For classical scholars, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is what Wisden is for cricket fans: the one indispensable reference book...this book is more than a crossword-filler's vade mecum. In the sense of our collective intellectual domestication, it is a household object.' The Week

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