Greek mythology has some of the most enduring stories. These stories are intriguing and fascinating. Over the years many authors have retold the Greek mythology in a riveting manner. These stories include wild tales about Greek Gods, heroes and monsters. Here is the list of 10 great books based on the Greek mythology.
List Of Great Books Based On The Greek Mythology:
- The Iliad by Homer
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
- House Of Names by Colm Toibin
- The Odyssey by Homer
- Alcestis by Katherine Beutner
- For The Most Beautiful: A Novel Of The Woman Of Troy by Emily Hauser
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
- Mythology: Timeless Tales Of Gods And Heroes by Edith Hamilton
The Iliad by Homer
The Iliad by Homer was composed around 730 B.C. Homer’s Iliad recounts the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. It recounts the few momentous weeks in the protracted ten-year war between the invading Achaeans, or Greeks, and the Trojans in their besieged city of Ilion. It centers on Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of at Troy, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks. The Iliad describes the tragic events of the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals. It explores the enduring, disrupting facts of war. The Iliad details the fate of every life destroyed by the Trojan War. Homer’s poignant work, The Iliad is considered to be a masterpiece of classicism.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller’s Circe is a novel that retells the story of Circe, an overlooked minor character from The Odyssey. Circe is the daughter of Helios, God of the Sun. She is banished to a deserted island by Zeus because she possesses the ability to perform witchcraft. Her power of witchcraft can transform rivals into monsters and is dangerous to the gods themselves. On the island Circe learns to hone her occult craft, tame wild beasts and finds companionship with mortals.
She encounters many of the famous figures of mythology such as the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the vicious Medea, and the clever Odysseus. However, Circe soon unknowingly draws the wrath of both men and gods and finds herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. Circe must muster all her strength and choose whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes recounts the stories of the women involved in the Trojan Wars and its terrible aftermath. Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. A Thousand Ships tells the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by the long and tragic war. It tells stories of Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, of the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, of Penelope who is awaiting the return of Odysseus, and of the three goddesses whose feud started the war.
House Of Names by Colm Toibin
House of Names by Colm Toibin is a story of longing and betrayal. This book tells the tale of Clytemnestra and her life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra is ruling Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus. Together they plot the murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war. Clytemnestra is judged, hated and cursed by gods and she has long since lost faith in them.
The story reveals the tragic events that led to the murder, how her husband betrayed her eldest daughter Iphigeneia with a promise of marriage to Achilles, only to sacrifice her because that is what he was told would get him the victory in the war; how she seduced and collaborated with the prisoner Aegisthus; how Agamemnon came back with a lover himself; and how Clytemnestra achieved her vengeance for betrayal.
The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey is Homer’s second major epic poem. It picks up where the plot of the Iliad ended. The Odyssey takes place after the ten-year-long Trojan war, when Troy has been conquered. Odysseus, one of the heroes of the victorious army, travels back home to his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus in Greece. However, the journey takes ten-years and several obstacles, monsters, and tragedies wait for him on his journey. During the journey, Odysseus undergoes captivity at the hands of a nymph, the curse of the god Poseidon, fights with a cyclops, poisonous drugs and spells, Scylla and Charybdis, and many other trials and tribulations before setting foot again in his home city of Ithaca. Meanwhile. in Ithaca, Penelope and Telemachus ward off many dozens of suitors, who want Penelope’s hand and access to Odysseus’s great wealth. The Odyssey by Homer is regarded as a great work of art.
Alcestis by Katherine Beutner
Alcestis is a debut novel by Katherine Beutner. In Greek mythology, Alcestis, the ideal wife who sacrificed herself in order to save her much loved husband, King Admetus and took his place in the Underworld. In her novel Beutner’s retells the classic legend, readers get an intriguing backstory of Alcestis involving her childhood and the untimely death of her favorite sister, Hippothoe and what happens to her when she spends three days in the Underworld. When Admetus is too coward to face his death, Alcestis, in hopes of reuniting with her sister Hippothoe, takes his place in the Underworld. In her death in the Underworld, Alcestis struggles with the true nature of love and loss, as she falls under the seductive spell of Persephone.
For The Most Beautiful: A Novel Of The Woman Of Troy by Emily Hauser
For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser is the first book in the Golden Apple Trilogy. The novel is about the women of Troy. It reveals the story of Krisayis, the daughter of the Trojans’ High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus. They fight to determine the destiny of not just a city but also of its people in the ancient times of malicious gods and mythic heroes. For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser is a novel that is full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice.
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, from point of view of Penelope, wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy. She was the quintessential faithful wife. She was left alone for 20 years when Odysseus went off to fight in the Trojan War after the abduction of Helen. Penelope maintained the kingdom of Ithaca, brought up her willful son, and fended off over a 100 suitors. When Odysseus finally returned home after going through hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he killed her suitors and 12 of her maids. In The Penelopiad Atwood retells what led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really doing. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood is a compassionate and haunting story of Penelope and her maids a new reality.
Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a book series by Rick Riordan and it combines teen adventure with classic Greek mythology. The series follows the trials and tribulations of Percy, who discovers he is a demi-god, the son of Poseidon, God of the sea. The Lighting Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he cannot seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. Suddenly, strange things start happening to him like his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
When Percy’s mother finds out about the incident she decides to tell him the truth about where he came from, and that he has to go to the one place he will be safe, Camp Half Blood, a summer camp on Long Island for demigods. Percy there learns that his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon Percy together with his friends, one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld which are located in a recording studio in Hollywood to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Mythology: Timeless Tales Of Gods And Heroes by Edith Hamilton
Mythology: Timeless Tales Of Gods And Heroes by Edith Hamilton brings Greek, Roman and Norse myths to life. The book includes stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from ancient times to the present. The book talks about Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla, the drama of the Trojan War and the journey of Odysseus. There are also tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and the mighty King Midas. Readers will discover the origins of the names of the constellations, numerous works of art, and literature. Mythology by Edith Hamilton also includes cultural inquiry from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra.