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Over the last ten years, the international research group on mythology that is pursuing - and increasing - the DEMGOL (Online Etymologic Dictionary of Greek Mythology) has provided a growing amount of material beneficial to the teaching of both the ancient Mediterranean culture and the Greek myth.

Currently (year 2017) over 1,200 entries are available, and can be browsed either by category or by type (feminine names, Homeric names, imaginary peoples, animals and monsters etc.). Translations in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese/Brazilian virtually keep up with the new entries in Italian, while French translations add up to more than 50% of the Italian entries. We confidently await the progresses of the Croatian translation, begun only recently (April 2015), and hope to find partners to pursue the English translation, too.

DEMGOL is not only useful for teachers (e-learning) and for a quick lookup by specialists, but is very easy to use also for people untrained in classical culture. DEMGOL provides information on, and a selection of, the principal literary sources on any mythical figure, plus a reliable etymology of names in Greek and Latin mythology, highlighting names and words of Mycenaean origin, and analysing the most state-of-the-art interpretive hypothesis in linguistics research - sometimes even criticizing some blatantly erroneous etymologies. DEMGOL may be also useful to teach the beginners some fundamental principles of names formation in ancient Greek.

Many entries are illustrated through images, usually not picked from the vast ancient iconography (vases, statues etc.), but from the modern reinterpretations, in order to show the diffusion and vitality of the classical mythological themes in Western culture from the antiquity to the Middle Ages, and from Renaissance up until now.

DEMGOL is in no way a printed publication but an in-motion hypertext, a dynamic laboratory where each of the collaborators - spread practically anywhere across the globe - can contribute an improvement, an amendment, and an addition. Furthermore currently (2017) DEMGOL encompasses also mythic names that can be only hardly found in the ocean of on-line sites on ancient myth, not to mention the presence of corrections and updates to most mythological dictionaries - both on-line and printed - presently available (e.g. Smith, Carnoy, Room, Wiki, Myth Index).

Accordingly, DEMGOL can be visited and looked up by a vast public of Spanish-, Portuguese/Brazilian-, Catalan-, Croatian-, French-, English- and Italian-speaking students, scholars and non-specialists.

For a list of collaborators, see http://grmito.units.it/content/gruppo .

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