The Greek Myths: Stories of the Greek Gods and Heroes Vividly Retold by Robin WaterfieldUpon finally completing this book, I can wholly say that I have mixed feelings about this.
One point I would just like to throw out there is that I felt like reading this took me a very long time, so that is saying something in itself. I obviously was just not feeling entirely compelled to pick this up at every oportunity I had.
The main issue that I found with this book, and probably the cause for the book to miss out on 2 stars, was that it was extremely biblical in the way it was written. Come all ye muses is a loose example of what I mean, where I felt like the writers were trying to transport me to the times, which would have been cool if it had not have been in such a preachy way. There are a ton more examples that I cannot be bothered to find again. This aspect made me feel like it was a bit biased in the descriptions of the gods and the accounts of heroes, which would have been fine in a regular fiction book, but because this gives the lure of a somewhat factual account in the content it provides, that was not acceptable.
The second and last MAIN flaw, and the last Ill mention, is I feel like somethings were misreported or spelled. The first example of this would be that Cronus is spelled differently to how I usually see it Kronus. But in saying that, my only other point of reference would be from the Percy Jackson books, and lets be honest, theyre complete works of fiction! This then could just be a different way of spelling it, that years of translation has altered. The second example is The Caucasin Mountains... Lol, what? (Okay, I will admit I thought it said Caucasian, as in white, for the longest time xD)
I searched this up & all I got was The Caucasus Mountains. So maybe this is an actual error, or it could be that it was once named differently.
The points I liked about this book is that its writing was packed full of descriptions that were vivid. It included a lot of wondrous works of arts (which were sometimes featured on irrelevant pages). It definitely provides a detailed retelling, if somewhat biased, of the most famous Greek Myths. The biblical aspect comes to play once again, but as a strong point, because it gave a lot of power to the end. If there is one thing I have learned from reading this, it is that you should learn from others mistakes.. If someone has angered the gods in one way, dont try it and hope to gain some sort of satisfaction. (my example being both Lycaon and Tantalus trying to test the gods by serving them human flesh).
Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! ^_^
Ten Greek Myths turned Superheroes
Myths about the Ancient Greek Gods for Kids
The ancients Greeks were polytheistic — that is, they worshipped many gods. Their major gods and goddesses lived at the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, and myths described their lives and actions. In myths, gods often actively intervened in the day-to-day lives of humans. Myths were used to help explain the unknown and sometimes teach a lesson. For example, Zeus, the king of the gods, carried his favorite weapon, the thunderbolt. When it rained and there was thunder and lightning, the ancient Greeks believed that Zeus was venting his anger.
Other literary works
Looking for more mythology resources? Check out this list of People and Places in Egyptian Mythology. The term "hero" is perhaps overused today, but these guys were the originals. The mythology of ancient Greece was filled with great heroes who slew monsters, battled whole armies, and loved and lost beautiful women. The full stories often reveal Hercules, Achilles, Perseus and others to be imperfect characters Hercules Hercules Brave and powerful Hercules is perhaps the most loved of all Greek heroes.
Phil has always been interested in the ancient tales and myths from the past. The myths and stories of the ancient Greeks are some of the most well-known stories in the world. Here are my top 10 stories from Greek mythology. The greatest of the divine heroes in Greek mythology, Heracles, known in the west by his Roman name Hercules, was the son of the god Zeus and the mortal Alceme. There are many stories of Heracles' strength and heroism but the most well-known one centers around the twelve labors he was forced to perform.
But who are the greatest heroes of Greek mythology? Was it the mighty Hercules? Or perhaps brave Achilles? He is perhaps best known for his fantastic feats of strength and daring, often called the "12 Labors. Hercules died after his wife, jealous that he may have another lover, smeared a tunic with deadly centaur's blood that drove Hercules to kill himself. But Hercules lived on among the gods.