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Best Greek Mythology Books

Unravel the timeless myths of gods and heroes with our selection of the best Greek mythology books, chosen for their popularity and presence in esteemed publications across the web.

Recommendations from 54 articles, J. K. Rowling, Paul Graham, Nicola Sturgeon and 27 others.
Best Greek Mythology Books
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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Ingri D'Aulaire - 1992-03-01 (first published in 1962)
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Discover the gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece in this lavishly illustrated book. From mighty Zeus and wise Athena, to the greedy King Midas, these famous myths are brought to life through playful humor and intricate detail by renowned Caldecott award-winning artists. Perfect for readers of all ages, this children's classic has inspired great European literature and art for generations.
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Bethanne Patrick
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Edith Hamilton - 1998-09-14 (first published in 1942)
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Discover the timeless myths and legends that have inspired human creativity for centuries. This world-renowned classic brings to life the Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies that are the foundation of Western culture. Follow the epic tales of gods and heroes, from the Trojan War to the wanderings of Odysseus. With references to art, literature, and popular culture, Mythology is a must-read for scholars and book lovers alike.
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Alan Kay
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Madeline Miller - 2018-04-10
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Discover the world of Circe, a peculiar daughter of the mighty god Helios, who discovers her ability to wield witchcraft. After being banished to a deserted island, Circe hones her craft, tames wild beasts, and encounters numerous famous mythological figures. But being a lone woman draws danger, and she soon finds herself facing the wrath of gods and men alike. In the end, Circe must choose between her godly birthright or the mortals she loves. A thrilling tale of strength, love, and ultimately, choice.
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The Odyssey of Homer
Homer - 2006-10-31 NaN
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Embark on an epic journey with Homer's timeless tale of Odysseus and his struggle to return home after the Trojan War. In Robert Fagles' acclaimed translation, experience the poetic and mythic retelling of Odysseus' encounters with gods, monsters, and natural forces that test his wit and moral endurance. With a bold contemporary idiom, Fagles captures the energy and mastery of Homer's original work. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox's introduction and commentary offer new insights and background information that enrich the reading experience. A must-read for classicists and literature enthusiasts alike, this modern-verse translation is accessible and captivating for a new generation of readers.
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Treasury of Greek Mythology
Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
Donna Jo Napoli - 2011-10-11
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Discover the myths of ancient Greece in this beautifully illustrated and engaging Treasury. Award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and illustrator Christina Balit breathe life into legends of gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, including familiar names like Zeus, Aphrodite, and Medusa. National Geographic enhances the experience with sidebars linking the myths to geography, history, and culture, a family tree, a "cast of characters" profile page, and resource notes. The perfect addition to any family library.
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A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
Stephen Fry - 2017-11-02
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Explore the timeless tales of Greek mythology with Mythos, a captivating retelling by acclaimed author Stephen Fry. From the mighty Zeus to the vengeful Gaia, experience the birth and downfall of the gods and mortals that shaped Western culture. Fry's modern take on these age-old stories is both spellbinding and informative, offering a rich and human understanding of the myths that continue to inspire writers, artists, and dreamers alike.
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Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Stephen Fry - 2018-01-01
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Explore the world of Greek heroes and their epic adventures, including quests for golden fleeces, outwitting vengeful gods, and slaying monstrous beasts. Stephen Fry's Heroes is a thrilling, humorous, and tragic retelling of timeless tales, filled with daring chases, puzzles, and acts of bravery, reminding us of both the worst and the best in humanity. This companion to his bestseller Mythos is a rollicking good read that brings to life the relatable world of Greek gods, infused with modern literature, music, and pop culture.
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The Greek Myths
Robert Graves - 1992-01-01 (first published in 1955)
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Explore the greatest stories ever told with this comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths by Robert Graves. From the labours of Hercules to Odysseus's journey home, Graves brings together every element of every myth into one epic, unforgettable story. Ideal for first-time readers or as a work of scholarly reference, complete with commentaries and a comprehensive index, this classic is a treasure trove of extraordinary tales that provide the bedrock of Western literature.
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A Thousand Ships
A Novel
Natalie Haynes - 2021-01-26 (first published in 2019)
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A Thousand Ships is a powerful retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the women involved in its causes and consequences. From the Trojan women subject to the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who battled Achilles on their behalf, this book gives voice to the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by the tragic war. Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, A Thousand Ships is a must-read for fans of Madeline Miller and anyone seeking a fresh take on the ancient epic.
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Jodi Picoult
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The Silence of the Girls
Pat Barker - 2018-09-04
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In this retelling of the famous war story, The Iliad, we see the fall of Troy from a new perspective: that of the women who were caught in the middle of the men's power struggle. Queen Briseis, stolen from her homeland and given as a concubine to the infamous warrior Achilles, becomes our eyes and ears to the events that unfold in the soldiers' camp. A captivating and necessary read that sheds light on the forgotten stories of the women of war.
The Iliad by Homer
Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton
Pandora's Jar by Natalie Haynes
Oh My Gods! by Megan E. Bryant
Greek Myths by Ann Turnbull
Bernard Evslin by Bernard Evslin
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Troy by Stephen Fry
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
The King Must Die by Mary Renault
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Olympians Boxed Set by George O'Connor
The Greek Plays by Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides
The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus
Helen of Troy by Margaret George
The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Myth and Philosophy by Lawrence J. Hatab
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
Women & Power by Mary Beard
A Child's Introduction to Greek Mythology by Heather Alexander
Galatea by Madeline Miller
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Oreo by Fran Ross
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Goddess Power by Yung In Chae
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
The Scarlet Thread by Derek Murphy
Elektra by Jennifer Saint
Ithaka by Adele Geras
Alcestis by Katharine Beutner
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Greek Myths for Young Children by Heather Amery
The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology by Pierre Grimal
Greek Religion by Walter Burkert
Weird But True Know-It-All by Sarah Wassner Flynn
100 Characters from Classical Mythology by Malcolm Day
Gifts from the Gods by Lise Lunge-Larsen
What A Beast! by Sophia Kelly
National Geographic Kids Everything Mythology by Blake Hoena
Tales of Japan by Chronicle Books
Greek Mythology Explained by Marios Christou
Argos by R. K. Hardy
Elementals by Michelle Madow
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Cursed by the Gods by Raye Wagner
Weight by Jeanette Winterson
Thanatos by Eva Pohler
For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & the Olympians 5 Children Book Collection Box Set by Rick Riordan
The Poetic Edda by Jackson Crawford
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
Greek Mythology by Liv Albert
Olympians by George O'Connor
Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes
Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan
Medusa by Jessie Burton
十五条狗(现世生存的残酷与智慧!当代动物寓言,既野蛮又温情,既孤独又喧闹,既幽默又深邃。一部意想不到,超乎预期之作。) by Andre Alexis
The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
For Her Dark Skin by Percival L. Everett
Beast Keeper #1 by Lucy Coats
Lavinia by Ursula K. le Guin
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
xo Orpheus by Kate Bernheimer
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
The Library of Greek Mythology by Apollodorus [translated With Notes and Indices Keith Aldrich] [drawings BY Vo
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
The Secret History by Donna Tartt