A handy reference to the Pandora's box of mythical and biblical allusions, this work is a comprehensive resource offering abundant information that readers should find clear and to the point. A companion to the "Facts on File Dictionary of Modern Allusions", this volume explains the meanings and origins of allusions from the Bible and classical mythology, including Greek, Roman and Norse. A useful reference for anyone interested in literature, art, history and religion, the book features approximately 2000 A-Z entries, from Aaron to Zeus. Each entry explains the essentials of the original reference and details its meaning and use in allusions. The dictionary also includes a pronunciation key for difficult words and terms, examples of usage and extensive cross-references. Coverage includes: biblical and mythological figures (Cupid, Athena, Daniel); places (Mount Olympus, Gethsemane, Elysian Fields); key concepts (Doomsday, wages of sin); and other references with biblical and mythological origins (judgement of Solomon, salt of the earth, patience of Job, labours of Hercules).