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Template:Smith can be used to tag Wikipedia articles which use A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities as a source.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Stbalbach (talkcontribs)

That's an obsolete, redundant template. A better one to use for articles that cite this book as a source is {{GRA}}, which should be appended to the article, and {{GRA talk}} which should be appended to the talk page, which adds the article to Category:Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. This is consistent with the article/talkpage template set-up for Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, which adds to Category:Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. Ford MF 17:41, 31 October 2007 (UTC)
And that's now been superseded by Template:SmithDGRA, which allows for parameters. Sandstein (talk) 19:43, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

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El Cazangero's rationale "consistency with related works" (i.e. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography & Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology) is problematic because it's not based on the official name as required by WP:NCAN, making the title dependent on other Wikipedia articles. According to WP:NCAN#Titles of works and publications: "The definite or indefinite article is sometimes included in the official title of literary works as well as other kinds of fiction and non-fiction publications and works such as newspapers, films and visual artworks. In this case, the article should be included in the name of the corresponding Wikipedia article as well." "This does not apply if the definite or indefinite article is not a part of the official title of the work or publication."

The majority of editions, including the first one (Google Books) and the third, final, and most complete one (Wikisource, Google Books), has the indefinite article in the title. The only exception is the second edition, but it lacks consistency. Its title page on Commons says "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities", but page 1 says: "A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities." Most recent reprints also have the indefinite article: Kindle reprint (2008), Cambridge University Press reprint (2013), Rare Books Club reprint (2013), General Books reprint (2013), Wentworth Press reprint (2016), Forgotten Books reprint (2017). Please also note that Cambridge University Press, Wentworth Press and Forgotten Books intentionally released it under the title A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, because the mentioned related works were released by the same publishers under the titles Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (Scholar Select series, Classic Reprint Series) and Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (Cambridge Library Collection series, Scholar Select series, Classic Reprint Series)

Considering the above, it appears that the indefinite article is part of the official title. In this case, the title used by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge.org, Google Book, Amazon) is preferred unless there is convincing evidence to the contrary.--Russian Rocky (talk) 09:10, 4 October 2020 (UTC)