Milton & classical allusion: where to start?
One suggested order of operations:
  1. Check the reference in one of the dictionary reference sources or the John Milton Reading Room--is this a name? Place? What myth is it associated with?
  2. Read the summary of the relevant myth in Graves
  3. Check the geneaology of adaptations using one of the reference sources (esp. Brill's, The Classical Tradition, or Dictionary of Classical Allusion in English poetry)
  4. Read one or more of the original sources or adaptations (Anthology of Classical Myth, Perseus Project)
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Reference Resources

Oxford Classical Dictionary (online) Restricted Resource
Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, the Dictionary covers all aspects of the classical world from literature and history to religion, science, and archaeology. It also contains many thematic entries on subjects relevant to the 21st century such as nationalism, race, gender, and ecology.

Books

Graves: The Greek Myths
Print Location: Reserve BL781 .G65 2012
Summarizes each myth and then gives a list of ancient sources (often with competing details).
The Reception of Myth and Mythology
Print Location: Reserve DE5 .P33313x 2007
A supplemental volume to the pre-eminent encyclopedia of classical studies, Brill's New Pauly.
The Classical Tradition
Print Location: Reserve DE60 .C55 2010

Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology
Print Location: Reserve BL715 .G713 1990

Dictionary of Classical Reference in English Poetry
Print Location: Reserve PR508.C68 S63 1984

Web sites

The John Milton Reading Room
Annotated digital transcriptions of many of Milton's works.
Perseus Digital Library
Digital library of resources for the study of the humanities, with particular emphasis on the Greco-Roman world, that seeks to present its material so as to illustrate the connections between disciplines, events, ideas, and concepts.
Encyclopedia Mythica
An award-winning Internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands.
Theoi Project
From site description: "The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive, free reference guide to the gods (theoi), spirits (daimones), fabulous creatures (theres) and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and religion."
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