- Series: Meridian
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (October 1, 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452009278
- ISBN-13: 978-0452009271
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology Paperback – October 1, 1974
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A worthy addition to reference collections dealing with the imaginative world of the Greek pantheon. -- Library Journal
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Tripp (1920-1999) was an interesting character. According to his New York Times obituary, he spent tweny years working as a social worker in New York City and as a professional violinist before entering the publishing field in 1959. His children's book, The Tin Fiddle (1954), was illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Note that this book originally appeared in hardback as Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology (A Crowell reference book), so check the availability on that, since the content is the same. Or perhaps some publisher will make the smart (and probably low-cost) move to bring this perennially useful reference source back into print!
It now seems to be out of print, under any of the various titles, which is a shame. It is somewhat more comprehensive and generally easier to use than Kerenyi's admirable "Gods of the Greeks" and "Heroes of the Greeks," and far more reliable than Robert Graves' idiosyncratic and erratic "The Greek Myths." (One can hope for a future reprinting -- perhaps as "Tripp's Handbook..."?).
With its comprehensive coverage, and general preference for literary data over interpretation, Tripp's "Handbook" can serve as either a first-rate introduction or a convenient reference book, depending on a reader's needs and level of knowledge. A "pronouncing index" helpfully distinguishes traditional English pronunciations of names from currently favored approximations of the original Greek and Latin.
Tripp's dictionary-style arrangement of the material is easy to follow, the articles are usefully cross-referenced, and the sources in classical texts are carefully noted. The length of the article usually corresponds well to the prominence of the god or hero, but some relatively minor figures get the space needed to sort out contradictory reports. Most of the relevant classical writers get their own articles as well -- although it is often a good idea to look at the corresponding entry in Lillian Feder's "Handbook of Classical Literature" (also once published as "Crowell's Handbook...," and again as a "Meridian Handbook..." in paperback, and recently reprinted by Da Capo), for more specialized information in a similar format.