The Complete Dictionary of Symbols

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Chronicle Books, Mar 3, 2005 - Reference - 544 pages
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The Complete Dictionary of Symbols is an engaging and accessible guide to more than 2,000 major themes, figures, and symbols that are commonly found in myth, art, and literature. Drawing on classical mythologies, Biblical themes, and traditional symbols from cultures worldwide, this user-friendly, attractively priced reference has comprehensive entries on everything from individual animals, plants, and objects to gods, goddesses, supernatural creatures, heroes, heroines, mythical episodes, prophets, saints, miracles, and myriad other subjects. Whether the topic at hand is Mercury or Merlin, the Egyptian ankh or the humble ant, engaging text reveals the origins and meaning of each symbol. Interspersed with the main entries are short articles on themes of special interest, such as the Sun, Moon, and stars, or common vices. Three hundred illustrations, an intuitive system of cross-referencing, and authoritative research make The Complete Dictionary of Symbols a reliable resource for school, home, or library.

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This is by no means complete but it is a great jumping off point. Also a good general reference to have around when researching and looking for ideas. I think idea hunting is the best use of this book ... Read full review

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This dictionary has been my go-to reference for all things related to symbology for the past couple of years. This collection of symbols spans multiple religions, cultures and eras of historical ... Read full review

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Jack Tresidder is a journalist and critic who has written about foreign affairs and the arts in the UK and his native New Zealand. He lives in the French Alps.

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