The Basics: Metasites, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries


Online Tools for Researching World Myth


Ancient History Sourcebook (Paul Halsall, ed. Fordham University)
Features a comprehensive array of links to other metasites, web pages, on-line articles, reviews, and scholarly discussions related to Human Origins, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Israel, Greece, the Hellenistic World, Rome, Late Antiquity, Christian Origins, Africa, India, Judaica, Islamic, East Asian, LGBT, Women's Studies, Global, and Science. A valuable starting place for researchers interested in gaining background information on a people’s culture, religion, and history. Excellent site design makes this online resource easy to use. Alas, the number of broken links is mounting at this site.
Myth*ing Links (Kathleen Jenks, emeritus, Pacifica Graduate Institute)
Features hundreds of links to important on-line collections and libraries, metasites, webpages, articles, and other research aids. Site is marred by busy atmospheric backgrounds that occasionally impair its readability. It will take time to mine this site’s many treasures, but it is definitely worth the trouble.
Myths & Legends (Christopher B. Siren)
Less comprehensive than Myth*ing Links, but site design makes reading and navigation easier. Includes many links to primary source materials. Unfortunately, many links are broken.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Note

Looking for a brief description of the attributes and deeds of various mythic figures? You’re likely to find it at one of these on-line encyclopedias. Encyclopedia Mythica is the most comprehensive of the online encyclopedias and growing! Of Gods, Heroes, and Myths and are somewhat smaller, but still worthwhile. Keywords and/or proper names mentioned in articles found on these sites are hyperlinked. Mythome features good entry-level (but unattributed) summaries of myths concerning such themes as creation, floods, and tricksters.
Encyclopedia Mythica
Of Gods, Heroes, and Myth