Encyclopedia Mythica contains over 5,900 definitions of gods & goddesses, supernatural beings, and legendary creatures from cultures all over the world. These definitions, along with links to 300 illustrations and maps, provide information well suited for the needs of high school or undergraduate students interested in the areas of mythology and folklore. Users of Encyclopedia Mythica may view an impressive list of 81 awards won since the encyclopedia's beginning in 1995, including the Britannica Internet Guide Award (2/15/00) and the Silver Platter Award (7/27/99).
Encyclopedia Mythica is well constructed and very easy to search. Users may browse through an alphabetical list of entries or select topics from four major areas: mythology; folktales; image gallery; & genealogy tables. Search features include a full-text search engine which allows the use of Boolean operators and wild cards. Results may be sorted either by relevancy or alphabetically by title. An advanced search feature allows users to search other sites, such as Britannica Online, Perseus & Argos.
Determining authority can be tricky with Encyclopedia Mythica, as information is taken from a variety of sources and most entries are not signed. A list of resources used in creating some of the articles is available and include standard sources in the field, such as Joseph Cambell's series on the Power of Myth and Edith Hamelton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. Other entries are written by the encyclopedia's editorial staff and founder, Micha F. Lindemans. Anyone interested in contributing to the encyclopedia is encouraged to do so.
Of special note is the "Miscellanea" section of the Encyclopedia Mythica. Here, users will find a variety of interesting tools, including a pronunciation guide, a list of links to other mythology & folklore related sites on the Web, and a list of Greek deities with their Roman counterparts. Help in searching is readily accessible on each of the search screens and also available within the "information" section of the encyclopedia.
Currently, the areas most comprehensively covered by the encyclopedia are Ancient Greece and Rome. However, progress is being made in providing information on a wide variety of cultures from all areas of the world, making Encyclopedia Mythica a valuable and exciting source for anyone interested in mythology and folklore.
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