Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Researching some myths and reception

For a limited time — saying that makes me feel like a huckster! — a valuable research tool is available to myth students at BYU. The Oxford Bibliography for Classics/Mythology provides some useful listings you might want to consider for your study of some myths.

The listings for "individual heroic figures" include Narcissus, Oedipus, Perseus, Remus, Helen, Heracles, Medea, Orpheus, and Theseus.

The section on "Later Tradition in European Cultures (Literature, Art, Music)" has this opening statement:
The tradition of classical mythology in European cultures, needless to say, is so massive that it has become a subfield of classical studies and has generated an immense literature. This list of citations is therefore very selective. There are two subsections: first, some important basic reference works, and second, titles that treat specific topics, such as the tradition in film or in music....
Mayerson 1971 is still very useful and informative, but for more serious research it needs to be supplemented with updated bibliographical references, such as the excellent Walther 2003. Both are good as quick reference works. Reid 1993 is the most complete and best-organized guide. Kreuz, et al. 2008 is a bibliography that may be overwhelming to the nonspecialist. Chance 1994–2000 provides a superb treatment of classical myths and their interpretation in the Middle Ages, for scholars.
Maybe there's something here for your own interests.

Access the Oxford Bibliography online through lib.byu.edu. Once there type "Oxford Bibliographies" in the databases box (lower left of the homepage) and then click "Classics" from the resulting homepage listing. Within the very very deep pool of information in the Classics Bibliography, you can find the Mythology bibliography and then scroll through to the sections on Medea, and Orpheus, and so forth.

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