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Alternate cover for ISBN 0553259202. Eleventh Bantam printing.
Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 1986 by Bantam Books (first published 1975)
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Obviously written for a younger audience (compared to the compliation of Hamilton & Bulfinch) since most of the more obscure Greek myths (and in many cases, the more interesting ones) are left out entirely; of the myths which are included, only one version is presented of each, obscuring the fact that in many cases there were multiple versions of each myth, each version interesting and useful in its own right. Yet with simple language and direct verse, he quite excellently brings out a depth...more
Diana (Bever) Barber
If only I spoke and read Greek, but Bernard Evslin does/did. He did not originally set out to translate or tell any of these stories. He was only following in the classically trained footsteps of his uncle, and he fell in love with Greek stories along the way. This edition of the myths FELT real to me. There are so many Greek Heroes/Gods/Monsters books out there, and most of them feel stilted or overly sanitized. This one told it like it is without being overly graphic. Bravo, Mr. Evslin, and th...more
Lizeth Velazquez
Evslin, Benard. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths. New York: Random House, 1996.

This book is a collection of myths that are categorized by Gods, Nature Myths, Demigods, and Fables. There is at least one ink sketch illustration for each brief 2-3 page myth. These Greek myths explain the traits and roles of each god and how things came to be for Earth and humankind.The target audience for this book would be middle school grade 6-8.

Title:Nature Myth called: Pandora
Characters: Pandora, he...more
Obnoxious oversimplifications but it fits in your back pocket and is succinct enough to sneak in a story in a waiting room or on your lunch break.
Kariman Hassan
Ridiculously over simplified but a good introduction to Greek mythology if you know nothing about it
Many reviewers of this book consider its simplicity as a downside. I think, however, that exactly because of its simplicity, straightforwardness and, above all, the author's engaging and interesting way of telling the stories, it is a brilliant introduction to the complex world of Greek myths. Unlike other books, whose overly literary style and elaborate, archaic vocabulary makes reading them strenuous and sometimes uninteresting, this book was an easier, more accessible and enjoyable read throu...more
Britney Wolfe
I found this extremely entertaining. A wonderful book to wind down with at bedtime.
Throughout the Greek Myths within “Heroes, Gods, and Monsters”, at least three invaluable attributes are discernible: Creativity, perseverance, and resourcefulness. Although the Greek Gods possessed many trepidations, their true values always surfaced during their mythical tribulations. Creativity is an important element in problem solving, and there was no better way for Hephaestus to kindle this creativity other than the through the arts. Hera, mortified to have brought forth such repugnant of...more
Liliana ♥s Mythology
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This is girl here, *points to self* totally in love with mythology! I probably don't have to repeat that since pretty much everyone who knows me know how much I love it, but there ya go!

And this book? *points to Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths* Way awesome!

This book talked about some of the more known myths, the main gods, and most famous monsters. The way the stories were told was just amazing! So much imagery and it did NOT read like a reference book...more
At last i feel loved
I liked this book because the gods tell about them and myths explaning why stuff are the way they are.

We have known the Greek Gods, the demigods and the heroes through various re tellings in fiction and movies which try to capture their essence in terms of powers and conquests. These books have never been comprehensive in their approach to mythology. One book might deal with a few Gods and demigods at most at one time and even then if its a retelling lot of changes occur in the story. I had always wanted a book that could be read as Greek Mythology 101. Written with the uninitiated in mind. Bern...more
This book reads like an introduction to the Greek Myths, but I think that's fine because it's obviously targeted for a younger audience. What I liked was that the stories in the book were very detailed and you could picture everything the author was describing. What I didn't like was that the author didn't really focus on the backgrounds of the gods and goddesses too much, and mostly wrote about the stories they were a part of.

I'd recommend this book for anyone who wanted a brief overview of Gre...more
I think this book is perfect for people who love Greek myths and all those fantasy stories of the Greek gods. This is why I love this book. I am a complete geek for Greek and love it.

I'm on page 58. These pages are the endings of the god stories. In the next chapter, the stories start talking more about nature.

Now I am in the "Nature Myths" part of the book and I like reading these because it explains things about nature that you kind of wonder about. Like why crows are black, and why tortoises...more
Athena Nagel
Keeping in mind that this book is geared more towards younger teens/older children - I think it hits it's mark just fine. My name is Athena - with a name like that I have clearly spent years reading Greek Mythology. I am no expert and would never claim to be. Even so, I love the simplification of these characters and how this book is not overwhelming at all for a reader. I young person cannot really read the Iliad and the Odyssey - but they can read this and really get a feel for some of the ama...more
Gina Hott
Hott Synopsis:
As we move from book to book and movie to movie it’s easy to get confused about the basis of these characters. Every author shows the people from the myths to be just a little – sometimes a lot – different than the author before and it’s quite easy to become lost.
Here’s a tip – Grab “Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths” and keep it on your shelf. It’s a great review item and lots of fun reading too!

Hott Review:
What I liked: It is always fun to grab this book to remember wh...more
I love this book! I've always had a thing for Greek mythology, and though i knew alot of myths, this book was refreshing and brushed on all the major greek myths. I really find it intresting how different books depict myths differently, usually i would excpect a myth to go one way and then something else happens which really kept me wanting to read more because i've made it my job to learn as much as i can about Greek Myths. All the myths were action pact, and there was alot of drama in the stor...more
Travis of NNY
This book was a simple but thorough explanation of Greek gods and other myth info. Enough description and information to adequately teach, but not too much as to overwhelm. This is probably geared to a younger crowd, but since I am not super interested in Greek mythology this fit perfect for my liking.
Ermalisa Jackson
This is a great reintroduction to the Greek Myths with the basic who is who, who begat who, and for what they are remembered. The betrayal, jealousy, envy, lust and drama is always fun. It makes you think that these are gods created by men as they are very human.
I was glad to see a quote from this pop up in a GR trivia question the other day, since I've been trying to figure out for years exactly which set of Greek myth retellings I read as a child and recognized the quote right away. After running out to buy and reread it, I can see why others feel these are more aimed at children, since the rough edges are polished off (Zeus "courted" Europa as a white bull??) and the more involved or adult-themed myths aren't included, but I still think this is a pre...more
Allie Brown
This is the book we read for my placement for school. It is an easy read with a lot of the essential stories of Greek mythology. It has the begining of the Olympian gods and goddesses. It has nature myths that include, Pandora, Psyche, Echo and Narcissus and others. The Demigod stories include Theseus (he fought the Minotaur) and Perseus (he cut off Medusa's head), plus the fall of Icarus. It includes the fables of Midas and his touch and Pygmalion.

This book touches on the morals of listening to...more
Veronica Lozada
I would say that this book is written for a younger audience, for people who don't know anything about Greek myth.
Not sure how to rate this. It was a book for school. It was good for what it was... it told the stories well. Reading it for school made it less fun though.
Jerome Kuseh
A very good introduction to Greek mythology. Extensive and entertaining. I read this years ago.
A short synopsis on some of the most popular Greek myths. All in all an interesting read and great intro to Greek mythology.
Jim Johnson
An interesting and succinct way to learn about Greek mythology. What I liked about the format is the overlap and the organization. If any particular character stands out, one can always read in depth texts (Theseus and Perseus come to mind).
Nic King
This book is truly a fun, easy, and revitalizing way to stimulate your Greek knowledge. This book is child friendly but still filled with action young readers will be anticipating to get to the next story. Each story features a different tale with the spotlight on either a God, hero or legend to eventually relay some moral back onto the reader. Stories involving Icarus and the sun, Narcissus and well..himself, Pandora and her box, have stuck with me because of this book. It serves as a good intr...more
Great book if you just want an introduction to Greek myths.
does even let you read books?!?! im so lost:(
I like this book, but I prefer d'aulaires Book of Greek Myths.
Brad McKenna
I've always loved Greek Mythology. The stories are always so amazingly poetic, so incredibly creative. I don't think anything since has been able to create such a fantastic world. I can see why it's often referred to as the Golden Age.

One thing I wonder though, is how many stories survived to this day? When reading them, I always get the sense that their intended audience has a much more indepth cannon at their disposal. This is the finest collection I've come across since the Edith Hamilton bo...more
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Bernard Evslin was an author best known for his adaptations of Greek mythology. With over seventy titles, which include both novel-length retellings and short stories, Evslin is one of the most widely published authors of classical mythology in the world. His best-known work is Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths, which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide and has been translat...more
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