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The Greek Myths

By Robert Graves & Rick Riordan &
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Publisher Description

Robert Graves, classicist, poet, and unorthodox critic, retells the Greek legends of gods and heroes for a modern audience 

And, in the two volumes of The Greek Myths, he demonstrates with a dazzling display of relevant knowledge that Greek Mythology is “no more mysterious in content than are modern election cartoons.” His work covers, in nearly two hundred sections, the creation myths; the legends of the births and lives of the great Olympians; the Theseus, Oedipus, and Heracles cycles; the Argonaut voyage; the tale of Troy, and much more.
            All the scattered elements of each myth have been assembled into a harmonious narrative, and many variants are recorded which may help to determine its ritual or historical meaning, Full references to the classical sources, and copious indexes, make the book as valuable to the scholar as to the general reader; and a full commentary on each myth explains and interprets the classical version in the light of today’s archaeological and anthropological knowledge.

28 Reviews

“Every time I go into the bookstore I walk to the mythology section and check and see if there’s anything new (there never is) before I move on to other sections. I think I was a junior in high school when this gem popped up on their shelf for the first time in 2014. Bought it in a heartbeat because it was the first book they’d had in at least a year that wasn’t some comically bad, poorly researched look at mermaids or vampires or demons. I’ve read it three times now (and no doubt I will read it a fourth time very soon because through no fault of this book I have incredibly poor retention), and I’ve loved it every time. The first time I read it was when I got home the day I bought it. The second time was when this same book was assigned as one of the textbooks in my Greek and Roman mythology class, and the third time was after I got into an argument with some guy standing outside my Byzantine history class (It was an argument about some finer point of Greek mythology I can’t remember. I came home and re-read this book as a reference... He was right. I’d remembered it wrong, but we don’t need to get into that.) Moral of the story, this book is great. Bordering on a “must read”.”

About Robert Graves

Robert Graves (1895–1985) is the author of the historical novel I, Claudius, the classic war memoir Goodbye to All That, and more than 140 other published works, including translations of Homer and Suetonius for Penguin Classics.

Rick Riordan (introduction) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. More than twenty million copies of his books are in print. After teaching middle school English and history for fifteen years, he now writes full time in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Ross MacDonald (cover illustrator) is an illustrator, comic-book artist, and contributing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review whose illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and Time, among other magazines. He lives in Connecticut.

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