Reviewed By: Glenna Reisner
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Bulfinch’s Mythology available to the Web user in an easily navigated format.
Thomas Bulfinch desired that English readers learn to enjoy the pleasures of
classical reading. It was designed not for the learned, but for the everyday
reader who seeks to comprehend allusions to mythology frequently made in
speeches, literature, and everyday conversation. From the author’s preface, “For
Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best
allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.” The text of Bulfinch’s Mythology
can be searched in a variety of ways and is indexed for ease in use. Throughout
the work, words and phrases are linked to definitions and further explanations.
Pronunciation and etymology information is included. The creators of this site
give thorough source information. It is clear that they attempted to maintain
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understood language. Every poet cited in Bulfinch’s Mythology is linked to the
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