Q: "Are these forums moderated?"
A: Yes, there are forum moderators here to monitor the posts, help with problems, etc. However, due to the number of posts we receive, please be aware of the fact that we cannot answer all questions. So, while the moderators mostly operate "behind the scenes", they do read posts and make sure things are running smoothly.
Q: "Is there any way I can look through the old posts?"
A: Yes. Posts are available on the forums for 90 days after their initial appearance. After this period, posts are a bit more hidden. However, the search feature allows visitors to access posts that are older than 90 days. There is literally a wealth of information in the forum archives - we highly recommend using the forum search feature.
Q: "I really need help with a paper (project, report, etc.)! Can you recommend some resources about mythology?"
A: Certainly. In addition to the information we have at Mythography, there are lists of books and other reference materials specifically about different aspects of myth and art. However, we realize no single internet resource has everything, and this site is still in the process of development. So here are some other web sites we recommend for learning more about mythology and related topics:
The Perseus Digital Library - This comprehensive site is the source for Classical texts and other information about the ancient world.
The Beazley Archive - With information about gems, pottery, sculpture (and much more), the Beazley archive is a brilliant resource for information about ancient art.
Q: "I need some pictures - can you recommend any sources for images?"
Yes. We have areas on Mythography - our gallery pages - that are devoted specifically to featuring images of gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines, and a myriad of other mythical characters. Here is a guide to the gallery pages. You can also use the Mythography search to look for these pages. Use the name of the character and the word "gallery" in your search for best results (example: "Aphrodite gallery" - be sure to include the quotes).
In addition, there are many more splendid resources for pictures of mythological figures on the web. We highly recommend visiting art museum web sites. Here are some of our favorites:
Louvre Museum - The Louvre Museum (located in France) has an outstanding collection of antiquities, including Greek, Roman, and Etruscan works of art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art - This beautiful site has a great deal to offer people who are looking for images and information about art.
Tate Gallery - Some of the finest examples of European and British painting can be found at the Tate Gallery web site.
And for even more art museum recommendations, please see our select list of links on this page: Art Museums and Galleries
Q: "I need an answer right away! Can I just email you?"
A: We prefer that you post your question on the message forums. There are several reasons for this. First, there are many intelligent and educated people who visit this forum who love mythology as much as we do, and they probably have an answer to your question. Second, one of the reasons we created these forums was to share information about myths. With email, the information is only available to a limited audience. But on the forum, it is available to anyone who wants to learn about mythology. We think this is a good thing.
Q: "Can I post my email address so you can send me the answer to my question?"
A: No. Please do not ask people to send the information you requested on the forums to you via email. This defeats the entire purpose of a message forum. See the previous Q. and A. for details about why this is not acceptable. Email addresses on the forums will be removed.
Thank you for reading the FAQ and welcome to the Mythography Forums!
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