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PostSubject: Greek myth books?   30th December 2016, 5:55 pm

Can anyone recommend some greek mythology books for myself and my son? We've read Percy Jackson series, D'Aulaires illustrated and George O'Connor's fantastic comic book treatment of the various Gods. I'd love some suggestions we can read together (he reads at a 6th grade level but is younger) and some more detailed recommendations for myself.

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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   30th December 2016, 6:25 pm

I started out with Bulfinch's Mythology, which has been a classic reference for Greek and other mythologies.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   30th December 2016, 9:04 pm

You should go the source and read the Theogony and Works & Days by Hesiod, and the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer, in that order Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   30th December 2016, 9:59 pm

I'd second Ben: go to the Greeks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   31st December 2016, 1:59 pm

You can also go Roman, I found the Aeneid by Virgil very interesting.
In a more modern take on Troy, you can add the Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, it's nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   31st December 2016, 2:48 pm

Santa Claus brought me the Usborne Illustrated Stories From The Greek Myths and the National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology.

Not exactly super highbrow reading but it's a nice start for someone whose previous experience of Greek mythology involved skeletons popping out of the ground and a Kraken being released.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   31st December 2016, 3:09 pm

We all started somewhere Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   1st January 2017, 2:36 pm

If you just like mythology in generall I would reomend the "Iron Druid Chronicles" There are various mythologies in it (Coltic, Norse, Roman, Greek, Hindu,....). but I think that there are only Roman gods that make an apearance.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   1st January 2017, 2:53 pm

Glénat (a French editor also available in English and some other languages) started a new comics serie called "the wisdom of myths". This serie will include the 30 biggest Greek myths, from the 12 labours of Heracles to the travel of Odysseus and many more.
First volume (Prometheus and the Pandora's Box) is available.

They are more informations (unfortunately in French) on their website but I can't link it atm Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   1st January 2017, 4:22 pm

The siege and fall of Troy
Robert Graves

I think it is a great novel.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   1st January 2017, 10:51 pm

This is great, I also have a 6th Grader always looking for a good book to read!
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   18th April 2017, 5:10 pm

If you're interested in heroes (not gods), I am currently reading the Troy saga by David Gemmel and I find it excellent ! (I like very much this writer)
I believe this was his last work unfortunately...
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   18th April 2017, 7:51 pm

David Gemmel's Lion of Macedon is quite interesting, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Greek myth books?   30th June 2017, 10:36 pm

Just found out that Stephen Fry has a 400 page book on Greek mythology coming out in November.

Getting a copy of that, then!
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