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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
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
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