Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae


The Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (abbreviated LIMC) is a multivolume encyclopedia cataloguing representations of mythology in the plastic arts of classical antiquity.[1] Published serially from 1981 to 2009,[2] it is the most extensive resource of its kind,[3] providing "full and detailed information."[4] Entries are arranged alphabetically, with black-and-white illustrations indexed to their respective entries.[5]

The work was prepared by international scholars from nearly 40 countries[6] who contributed in their language of choice, resulting in entries written variously in English, German, French, or Italian.[7] LIMC also offers a multilingual online database that is updated independently of the print publication.[8]

LIMC has been called an "indispensable research instrument,"[9] "monumental,"[10] and "magnificent."[11]

In the United States, LIMC is based at the Alexander Library of Rutgers University.[12]


  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC), Artemis & Winkler Verlag (Zürich, München, Düsseldorf), 1981-1999 ISBN 3-7608-8751-1
Vol. I: Aara - Aphlad (1981)
Vol. II: Aphrodisias - Athena (1984)
Vol. III: Atherion - Eros / Amor, Cupido (1986)
Vol. IV: Eros (in Etruria) - Herakles (1988)
Vol. V: Herakles - Kenchrias (1990)
Vol. VI: Kentauroi et Kentaurides - Oiax (1992)
Vol. VII: Oidipous - Theseus (1994)
Vol. VIII: Thespiades - Zodiacus et Supplementum (1997)
1. Museums, Collections, Sites (1999)
2. Literary and Epigraphical Sources mentioning lost Works. Mythological Names (1999)
  • Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae. Supplementum 2009 (LIMC), Artemis Verlag (Düsseldorf), 2009. ISBN 978-3-538-03520-1


  1. ^ Pura Nieto Hernández, Mythology: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide (Oxford University Press, 2010), p. 45.
  2. ^ LIMC-France. : database (Ancient objects)
  3. ^ William Hansen, Classical Mythology: A Guide to the Mythical World of the Greeks and Romans (Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 344.
  4. ^ Robin Hard, The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology (Routledge, 2004), p. 691.
  5. ^ Hansen, Classical Mythology, p. 344
  6. ^ Boyd Collins et al., Building a Scholarly Communications Center: Modeling the Rutgers Experience (American Library Association, 1999), p. 73.
  7. ^ Hansen, Classical Mythology, p. 344.
  8. ^ "Presentation of the databases," LIMC
  9. ^ Hernandez, Mythology, p. 45.
  10. ^ Hansen, Classical Mythology, p. 14.
  11. ^ Hard, Routledge Handbook, p. 691.
  12. ^ Collins et al., Building a Scholarly Communications Center, p. 73.

External links

  • Fondation pour le Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)
  • Digital LIMC
  • LIMC-France