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A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology Hardcover – June 30, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0807827901 ISBN-10: 0807827908 Edition: 1st

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"The Newmans' chart . . . should be in any collection supporting research in classical studies." -- Choice, December 2003

Exhaustive. . . . Embrace[s] the entirety of Greek myth. . . . The layout and typography are of quite stunning complexity and elegance. -- The Los Angeles Times Book Review, January 25, 2004

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A surprisingly happy book to use.--Times Literary Supplement

|A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology provides something absolutely new in the world of scholarship and reference: a meticulously researched resource which places 3,673 named mythological figures from the surviving classical Greek literary corpus in a coherent genealogical context. . . . The scope of the work is breathtaking, and its organization brilliantly realized. . . . Anyone who has undertaken research in classical or humanist literature or Renaissance painting knows how difficult, often impossible, it is to sort out the family and extra-marital relationships among mythological characters. This long-overdue, very authoritative reference book should find a place in every research and academic library.--Elizabeth L. Diefendorf, Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Chief Librarian, General Research Division, New York Public Library

|A major contribution to our understanding of how ancient Greeks organized the vast corpus of figures constituting what we call Greek mythology. . . . I am quite grateful to have it at my disposal.--Timothy Gantz, from the Foreword

|The Newmans' chart . . . should be in any collection supporting research in classical studies.--Choice

|Exhaustive. . . . Embrace[s] the entirety of Greek myth. . . . The layout and typography are of quite stunning complexity and elegance. The ingenuity, research, decision-making and interminable grind at intractable (and often incompatible) testimony that ha[s] gone into [this] truly Herculean labor almost def[ies] comprehension.--Los Angeles Times Book Review

|This book [is] an indespensable tool for every classicist who works in the field of mythology. It should find its way on the shelves of each Classics department as a standard reference book.--Scholia Reviews

|A unique reference resource, invaluable to those working with Greek mythology. A must-purchase for college and research libraries.--Jeffrey Kaimowitz, Watkinson Library, Trinity College

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807827908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807827901
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 17 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By William Patry on July 27, 2003
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The New York Times recently ran a glowing front page story on this work, with almost a page more inside. Having received my copy, it is easy to see why. The book is beautifully produced. A sturdy orange and black hardcover protects 263 pages, each 16 inches long by 10 and a half inches high. This is a big book. The work was begun in 1964 by Harold Newman, an well-known and highly regarded attorney in Connecticut who died in 1993 at the age of 93. His son, Jon O. Newman, then took the book up and finished in it 2002. Jon Newman is one of the greatest jurists of our times, serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His reputation for brilliance and attention to detail are legendary, and are well-reflected in this work. Given that Judge Newman's father hand-lettered the copious charts on large cardboard sheets, the statement in the Preface that "appropriately for a work of genealogy, this has been a father-son project" hits the mark.
But why would a busy, towering figure in law complete a genealogical chart on Greek mythological figures? One answer is that it was a great mitzvah for a son to complete a work his father spent almost 30 years on. A second answer is tradition; in circles of Jewish learning (a circle which certainly includes Judge Newman), there is a Hebrew saying "Lomdei Toratecha Lishmah," loosely translated as "the study of Torah for Torah's sake." One learns because it is one's obligation to. The subject of study may vary, but the obligation is always there. "A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology" is an exemplary work of Lomdei Toratecha Lishmah. Only a love of learning could lead to a work so thorough and beautifully presented. But there is a third reason, and one that should commend others to purchase the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Milo and Otis fan on February 22, 2005
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This beautifully bound masterpiece not only offers fans of Greek mythology an excellent source for information on thousands of figures, major and minor, it also ties information together by showing the genealogical connections between different members of greek myths.

This book is an integral part of the library of anyone interested in Greek mythology, at any level. For an expert, it provides detailed genealogical charts. For those just starting out in their study of Greek mythology, it is an indespensible resource that helps everything make sense. Five stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Radice Tiziano on November 19, 2009
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If you like Greek Mithology this book is very beautiful with great charts!

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savant Sauvage on May 2, 2009
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Be aware that this book contains only genealogical charts; there are no myths discussed in it. The charts are extensive, if not exhaustive, though.
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