Mythology and Folklore Resources
[Dewey numbers: 291.1; 398.2]

 Classical  Other  Folklore

Classical Mythology

Perseus Project -
"Perseus is a continually growing digital library of resources for studying the ancient world. The library's materials include ancient texts and translations, philological tools, maps, extensively illustrated art catalogs, and secondary essays on topics like vase painting. A collaborative team from a number of academic institutions has worked together to amass Perseus materials. Over 70 museums have shared pictures of their art objects." (Tufts University, Medford, MA) (LII)
Diotima -
Subtitled: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World," this page serves as an interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean and as a forum for collaboration among instructors who teach courses about women and gender in the ancient world. As you will see, Diotima includes course materials, the beginnings of a systematic and searchable bibliography (with an emphasis on recent work), and links to many on-line articles, book reviews, databases, and images." (Stoa Consortium) (LII)
Roman Myths and Folktales (Google Directory) -
Forum Romanum -
The authors of this Web site are trying to replicate the purpose of the ancient Roman forums which provided a central location in Roman cities, for commerce, politics, and religion. "As an online project, the Forum Romanum is an attempt to replicate this theme of centralization, providing a helpful starting point for anyone interested in the civilization of ancient Rome." (LII)
Dictionary of Mythology -
From the Forum Romanum site, this is a database of all the characters of Roman mythology. Browse from an alphabetic list, search genealogical charts, a list of names with their English meanings, and pictures of the various mythological characters.
Roman Mythology -
From the Mythography Web site, this page provides an overview of Roman mythology and links to databases of information about the Roman godesses and gods, heroines and heroes, and a bibliography about Roman mythology.
Bulfinch's Mythology - the Age of Fable -
Superb example of using hypertext to enhance a book. This site, compiled by Bob Fisher from the first volume of Bulfinch's Mythology, "The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes," by Thomas Bulfinch, 1796-1867, adds enormous value to students of mythology by linking pertinent terms in the work to other authoritative Web resources. (LII)
Greek Mythology Link -
Comprehensive guide to myths of Greece, containing sections on major events in Greek mythology; individual entries for divine, mortal, and semi-divine characters; genealogical tables; maps; a bibliography of ancient and modern sources; and an extensive set of links to sites of Classical interest. The content for this site is mainly based on the book Genealogical Guide to Greek mythology by Carlos Parada, published in 1993. (LII)
An Etymological Dictionary of Classical Mythology -
A searchable dictionary of English words whose derivations are drawn from classical mythology. The appendices list words with mythological influences on astronomy, calendar terms, personal names, phrases and conversation, and pop culture. (LII)
Encyclopedia Mythica -
An extensive site of mythology and folklore that according to the author "contains over 6000 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world." Searchable by region or type, many of the entries include illustrations, pronunciation keys, and genealogical information. There are annotated links to related resources. (LII)
Mythweb -
This "guaranteed kidsafe" site is appropriate for students and teachers with an interest in Greek mythology. There are appealing and colorful cartoon depictions (some animated) of the world of Greek gods and heroes. Also included is an Illustrated Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology which contains detailed definitions as well as cross references from the Latin names of the deities. The lesson plan suggestions for teachers are a helpful feature. (LII)

Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources -
Links to "ancient texts and images available on the Web concerning the major figures of Greek and Roman mythology." Most of the illustrations are from ancient sources, but some Renaissance images are included. A list of Attributes in Iconography shows how the gods can be identified. Time Line of Greek History and Literature gives a brief overview of Greek history and dating conventions. (LII)

Other Mythologies

Ancient Egypt -
Information about Egyptian life, geography, gods and goddesses, mummification, pharaohs, pyramids, temples, time, trades, and writing. Each section includes the Story: information in a narrative form; Explore: a non-linear presentation of information; Challenge: an activity that develop skills (historical, analytical, mathematical, observational) within the context of the chosen topic; and Staff Room: helps teachers get the most out of the site. (British Museum) (LII) -
Good introductory Web site on ancient Egypt, including pharaohs, clip art, pyramids, queens, King Tut, mummies, art, religion, gods, hieroglyphs, societies, and the Sphinx. Each topic has extended essays and further links. Searchable and browsable, with a mailing list for new and updated scripts, a message board, and a virtual postcard link. (LII)
Life in Ancient Egypt -
This exhibit explores life in ancient Egypt, looking at their natural world, gods and religion, and funerary customs. An understanding of their artifacts provides glimpses into their daily life. Included are a timeline and many images. From the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (LII)
Mysteries of Egypt -
Information about Egyptian civilization, including geography, architecture, government, writing, religion, daily life (food, shelter, transportation, trades and crafts, clothing and adornment), and sciences. There is also information about the female ruler, Hatshepsut, as well as Tutankhamun, along with a QuickTime tour of his tomb. A teacher's guide, bibliography, and related sites are also provided. Suitable for students. Also available in French. (Canadian Museum of Civilization) (LII)
World Mythology: Myth by Image -
A great collection of images from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. Indexed by culture and category. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts -
A collection of links to actual texts of folk tales and myths from countries of the world. Also includes links to images associated with the stories and cultures.
Norse Mythology -
A set of answers to common questions about Norse mythology: lists of gods and goddesses, Norse creation, the Nine Worlds, etc.
Stories of the Dreaming -
Stories from Aboriginal Australia are told in text, audio, and video versions. The site contains about 20 stories which range in length from 2 minutes to just over 9 minutes in length. There is also a glossary of the indigenous words used in the stories. Technical details are included for those who need to download software to make full use of the site. This well-designed site is a collaboration between Australia's Cultural Network and the Australian Museum. (LII)


The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable -
"Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable comprises over 18,000 entries that reveal the etymologies, trace the origins and otherwise catalog “words with a tale to tell.”. The Dictionary is extensively cross referenced, lending itself ideally, to the hypertext environment.
Tales of Wonder -
Collection of online folk and fairy tales from around the world. Organized by culture, region and country.
Indian Why Stories -
There are 22 stories, transcribed by Frank B. Linderman in his 1915 book of the same title. Titles include Why the Chipmunk's Back is Striped and How the Man Found his Mate. Images of the original illustrations by Charles M. Russell are included. (Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library)

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