Sir William Smith's classic work is a treasure trove of information on all aspects of Greek and Roman life: music, customs, law, medicine, food, clothing, politics, religion, trade, etc. The contributors number some of the most distinguished scholars of their day - including Heberden, Jebb, Lindsay, Monro, Mozley and Onians. Unusually for the time, the dictionary drew fully on scholarly work from outside the British Isles. The generous citations and references to Latin and Greek texts have made it a first port of call for both students and scholars wanting to get a basic overview of a particular subject with references. The third edition is a major revision of all previous editions, with nearly 1000 additional pages, 200 new entries, and extensive revisions to virtually all the previous entries. Extensively illustrated and with a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Culture, originally published as A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, represents a major landmark of Victorian scholarship that will be welcomed by all scholars and enthusiasts of the ancient world.
This reissue is extremely welcome for making available again an invaluable resource of Victorian scholarship. - Bruce Gibson, Department of Classics, University of Liverpool