Book Reviews From a classicist's perspective, the absence of an Index Locorum (i.e., "index of Passages," a sine qua non for secondary works in classics) limits the reader's ability to locate discussions of specific primary source materials within the body of the work. it is also unclear who has translated some of the ancient selections, and Anderson cites some translations and editions of texts long supplanted by more modern versions. he also fails to note several relevant primary sources that would provide additional information on important topics (e.g., Theophrastus's De lapidibus and Diocorides's De materia medica, the latter being critical for any discussion of ancient medicine). A number of minor--but nevertheless annoying--oversights will not measurably affect the work's usefulness for the classicist; however, they do suggest a hastiness in the editorial process that ultimately could confuse the nonspecialist reader. one issue of this kind is the glaring inconsistency in the transliteration of names (e.g., cronus/kronus, p. 15; niceros/nikeros, pp. 589). From the folklorist's perspective, Anderson generally does an admirable job of laying out the theoretical underpinnings of folklore methodology, yet there remain significant problems. on a purely utilitarian basis, for example, the process of tracking down classical references,
Journal of American Folklore – American Folklore Society
Published: Sep 22, 2011
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