Greek myths. Stories about ‘powerful Gods and extraordinary heroes’, (as narrated by Disney’s Hercules). We’ve compiled a short list of these timeless tales retold from various perspectives that will not only keep you hooked, but will scratch that bit deeper under the surface of mythology you may know so well…
- Circe by Madeline Miller
Remember that random witch Odysseus met at some point? The one that turned men into pigs? Well, let us tell you, she is much more than that. This book is told from the incredible perspective of Circe, a daughter born to Titans. Her whirlwind of a life story is definitely one to keep you occupied and will have you gripped in its claws.
- The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
We all know about the Trojan war. Whether it’s the wooden horse, the warrior Achilles, or the love story between Helen and Paris. What was hardly touched upon though, through the glory and bloodshed, was the women. What about the women? What happened to them when their city was burned down? When their husbands and brothers and sons were killed on the battlefield? This book tells all, and is much more complex behind the scenes than you might let yourself believe.
- Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry
Now this book is definitely for those who find ancient mythology dull to get through. He touches on most myths, yes, but in the most entertaining way possible. He takes all that weirdness, mixes it up with some humour, a little drama, and we’ve got a Greek cocktail for the ages.
- Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
This book has a very similar effect to the last one. The thing is, though, Greek is not the only mythology there. It blends in with Norse and Roman to enthral all readers into the unbelievable world of ancient Gods.
- The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
Oedipus complex ring a bell? Now there’s a Greek story that never fails to make us cringe. In this brilliant read, Natalie Haynes brings us back to the time and place of the tale told from the perspective of the women. Intrigued? You should be. We were, and we loved it!
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