History of the LIMC

An illustrated lexicon about ancient myths

The iconography of classical myth - one of the most important characteristics of Greek and Roman culture and one of the major legacies handed down to posterity – is still very much alive, as numerous examples prove. The LIMC tries to make accessible what we know of the iconography of Greek, Etruscan and Roman mythology, as well as of the neighboring Mediterranean cultures, to all people interested in classical antiquity – a source of inspiration as well for artists, poets, dramatists and film-makers.

Each of the illustrated figures of Greek, Etruscan and Roman mythology is discussed in alphabetic order, usually in an individual standardized article.

An exceptional aspect of LIMC is the coverage of regional expressions of the same classical culture in a single publication, with examples from India to the Iberian peninsula and from all around the Mediterranean.