Online Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and other overviews

Gale Virtual Reference  search by keyword

Oxford Reference Online  search for myth, person or place

Hard copy Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and other overviews

From the Library catalog, type in title search or visit following locations:

Oxford Classical Dictionary DE 5 O9 Ref (PCL, CLA), or online through the Library catalog

Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology BL 715 M37 1998 Ref (PCL, CLA) includes ancient sources of myths

The Dictionary of Classical Mythology (Grimal) BL 715 G713 1986 Ref (CLA), Stacks (PCL)

Dictionary of Classical Mythology: Symbols, Attributes & Associations BL 715 B44 Ref (PCL, CLA), Stacks (FAL)

Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology DE 5 S68 Ref (PCL, CLA)

The Meridian handbook of classical mythology (Tripp) BL 303 T75 1974 Ref (CLA) stacks (PCL)

Place Names in Classical Mythology: Greece DF 16 B45 1989 Ref (PCL, CLA)

Women of Classical Mythology: a Biographical Dictionary BL 715 B445 1991 Ref (PCL), or online through the Library catalog

Classical Mythology, Morford M.P.O. & Lenardon, R.J. BL 722 M67 Ref (CLA), Stacks (PCL).

Additional encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks may be found through the Library catalog using subject or keyword searches, for example:

Mythology Classical Dictionaries
Mythology Greek Dictionaries
Mythology Classical Encyclopedias
Mythology Classical Biography
Animals Mythology
Women Mythology

Finding Mythology Sources

Some of the dictionaries noted above will cite the source of the myths. In some cases you may need to look up authors’ names or titles from a list of abbreviations found in the first few pages of the dictionary. English translations of the cited works may be found online and in print.

Two (free) Internet sites, which have full-text English translations of selected works, are:

Tufts University’s Perseus Project

MIT’s The Tech Classics Archive 

Printed translations of both Greek and Roman works are available in a set of volumes called the Loeb Classical Library. You will find these volumes in PCL and CLA using a keyword search. Enter keywords: [name of author] Loeb. (For example:  Ovid loeb or Homer loeb) 

Finding Articles On Mythology

Academic OneFile  search for title, author, subject

Academic Search Complete  search for title, author, subject

L’Annee Philologique  search keyword for title, author, subject in “full text>”; limit to English language articles under “Other Criteria

ATLA Religion Database  search by subject, keyword etc

Religion & Philosophy Collection  search by subject, keyword etc

Encyclopedia of Ancient History  search by advanced search, subject, keyword etc 

Subject Specialist

Claudia Fuentes

Classics Library - Library Specialist


Call: (512) 495 4690


Shiela Winchester

Classics Library - Head Librarian


Call: (512) 495 4254