The first edition (1937) has spawned many reprints and revisions. For a very good reason. For classical students and lovers of classical literature and references, this is the gold standard.
I have a reprint (1955) of the first edition, and if it is anything to go by, then by all means buy the second edition that is now (2009) in print. The second edition adds a couple hundred extra pages and represents a thorough overhaul of its predecessor.
This book ages timelessly as indeed its gods it describes do - classical literature and old world references never die. It spells "connection" with the original form, "connexion" - just like J.R.R. Tolkien did in his manuscript before American publishers "corrected" the famous old Oxford Don on his own topic of expertise: linguistics.
Anyway, if you are inclined to read Old World literature, or if you are naturally curious about references in classical literature, then this is an indispensable volume. Interestingly, it also serves as a "dip-in" work that can entertain when randomly opened.
For those who enjoy browsing a dictionary every now and again, give this book a spin. It has many joys lurking in ambush of one's attention....Continua