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This pronunciation spelling key is based on classical mythology glossaries such as those found in Robert Fagles' translations of the Iliad and Odyssey. Pronunciation respelling systems may cover the variation among English dialects more efficiently than the International Phonetic Alphabet, which is generally used to indicate the pronunciation of a specific variety of speech. However, the IPA is more generally useful, as pronunciation respelling systems are obscure to most non-native English speakers.

Note: this transcription merges a few distinctions in some dialects, such as four vs. for in Scottish English and bad vs. lad in Australian English.

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