Medieval Lit Bibliography - Mythology


Apollodorus. Gods and Heroes of the Greeks. Trans. Michael Simpson. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1976. 292.211 Ap43g
This is an edition of the standard text of Apollodorus. It is organized by topics in classical history and includes notes as well as the text.

Berchorius, Petrus. Ovidus Moralizatus. Utrecht: Instituut voor Laat Latijn der Ricksuniversiteit, 1960.
With a Dutch introduction and Latin text, this source may not be accessible to everyone, but it is one of the few editions of primary material on mythography.

Bell, Robert E. Dictionary of Classical Mythology: Symbols, Attributes, and Associations. Oxford: ABC-Clio, 1982.
This recent source is a particularly helpful one because of the different kinds of listings it contains. Along with the standard alphabetical listing by name of mythological figure, the text goes on to give a listing by symbols, attributes, and associations, including a listing by theme. The last section describes heroic expeditions, including the Trojan War. There is also an index of names and attributes.

Comparetti, Domenico. Vergil in the Middle Age. Trans. E. F. M. Benecke. London: Swan Sonnenchein & Co., 1895. 873.1 V587c
This book is a lengthy examination of Vergil's roles and symbolic associations in the Middle Ages. It especially covers Vergil in connection with the Sibyl, Vergil as Christian prophet, and Vergil as magician in popular legend.

De Boer, C. Ovide Moralise'. 5 vols. Wiesbaden: Verhandelingen der Koniklijke Adademie van Wetenschappen to Amsterdam, 1966.
With a Dutch introduction and French text, this book will not be accessible to all, but is a standard source and one of the few editions of this work in print.

Grant, Michael and John Hazel. Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology. Springfield, Mass: G & C Merrian Co., Publishers, 1973. 292 G7673g
This source is organized with the standard alphabetical listing and includes pictures, maps, and genealogical charts.

Graves, Robert. The Greek Myths. 2 vols. 1955. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1972. 292 G787g
This source is readily available and is organized around themes and figures from mythology. It is particularly helpful because of good indexes, notes, and cross references. It also lists primary sources.

Howe, George and G. A. Harrer. A Handbook of Classical Mythology. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1970. 292.3 H838h
This is a good standard dictionary of classical mythology with an alphabetical listing and pronunciation key.

Ovid. The Metamorphoses of Ovid. Trans. Mary M. Innes. 1955 Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1961.
This is the standard source for classical mythology. It is organized by topic and chronological events and includes the original stories that later mythographers allegorized.

Rose, H. J. A Handbook of Greek Mythology. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co, Inc., 1959. 292 R72h
This book contains a good history of mythology with chapters organized around themes and groupings of gods. It includes useful indexes and bibliography.

Tripp, Edward. Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1970.
Organized with an alphabetical listing, this book also cites its sources.

See Also

Cirlot, J. E. A Dictionary of Symbols.

Clement, Clara Erskine. A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints.

Cooper, J. C. Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols.

Hall, James. Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art.

Selected Secondary Sources

Dean, Nancy. Studies in Chaucer's Use of Ovid in Selected Early Poems. Diss. New York University, 1963.

Green, Richard Hamilton. "Classical Fable and English Poetry in the Fourteenth Century" in Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature. Ed. Dorothy Bethurum. New York: Columbia University Press, 1965.

Moss, Ann. Ovid in Renaissance France: A Survey of the Latin Editions of Ovid and Commentaries Printed in France Before 1600. Warburg Institute Surveys no. 8. London: The Warburg Institute, 1982.

Rand, Edward Kennard. Ovid and His Influence. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1928.

Seznec, Jean. The Survival of the Pagan Gods. Trans. Barbara F. Sessions. Bollingen Series 38. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972.

Smalley, Beryl. English Friars and Antiquity in the Early Fourteenth Century. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1960.

Wilkinson, L. P. Ovid Surveyed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962.