Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths” as Want to Read:
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
Alternate cover for ISBN 0553259202. Eleventh Bantam printing.
Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 1986 by Bantam Books (first published 1975)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Elise on amazon it is rated 4 and a half stars. It is basically a collection of short overviews of many of the greek gods and a few of the stories. If that…moreon amazon it is rated 4 and a half stars. It is basically a collection of short overviews of many of the greek gods and a few of the stories. If that is what you're looking for, then it would be fine for a sixth grader.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jun 16, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline Greyling
Feb 04, 2015 Caroline Greyling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
As a writer, I’ve always had a soft spot for mythology, especially Greek mythology. These are the bones of many stories, the roots from which modern tales spring and the well from which many writers draw their inspiration.

Bernard Evslin tells the stories of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters in a swift, straight to the point manner. This isn’t a flowery novel with lavish descriptions and it often breaks the ‘show don’t tell’ golden rule, but for the subject matter at hand, it is effective. Eac
May 24, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book about Greek myths, gods, goddesses, demigods who become heroes, and deadly monsters such as the Minotaur and Medusa. One myth tells the story of Zeus’s father, Cronos, who killed his own father Uranus in order to take his throne. However, Uranus tells him that one of his sons would overthrow him one day. So Cronos swallows his children as they are born: Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, and Poseidon. But he doesn’t know that Zeus made a drink that would force Cronos to vo ...more
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
A great compilation of classic Greek myths! Some of them are very familiar, others not so much - but all were fun to listen to via the audiobook. A fun, quick book.
Lizeth Velazquez
Mar 01, 2014 Lizeth Velazquez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etech545class3
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
Oct 06, 2015 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heroes,Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths,is a great book.It taught me so many thins about gods.I had always had something in me that loved the greek gods.It always amazed me to read about anybody with powers.This is why i loved this book.Not only did it teach me about gods but i learned about the monsters.One of my favorite facts from this book is how Athene was born.This made me laugh how she was poking from inside Zeus's head giving him a head-ache and when Zeus got his skull opened,out cam ...more
Sophia W
Jan 18, 2016 Sophia W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sophia W by: School Required Reading
Though the introduction makes it sound like the book will be direct translations of original myths, that was not the case. Also, some terminology and details of the myths did not seem to be true to the originals, which usually I wouldn’t mind (as in the series by George O'Connor), but after going in thinking the myths would be direct translations and seeing some inconsistent details, I was a little disappointed. Also, it seemed like it was trying to include all the most important myths. I would ...more
Aug 23, 2012 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2014 Kariman Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculously over simplified but a good introduction to Greek mythology if you know nothing about it
Jul 04, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2013 Britney Wolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this extremely entertaining. A wonderful book to wind down with at bedtime.
Emma Pheulpin
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths is a very interesting book for people with an interest in the Greek culture, unlike me. So I found this book to be a bit of a drag.There are many different stories so you will be interested constantly. It is written for kids in middle school to high school. It is not a challenge, well, only if you get distracted or bored. If you need to learn about Greek Mythology quickly, then I recommend this book for you. Its a nice book, it just did not mean much ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Laurel rated it really liked it
I've always loved Greek myths, and while I still remember most of stories, this was a nice refresher. It's not very long and only covers the basics, but it is told very well and in a comprehensive manner. The Pandora myth was told a little differently than I've heard it before, in that instead of hope remaining inside the box, it was Foreboding which was prevented from escaping. A minor difference, which is to be expected, as these stories are very old and have many variations, but one I found i ...more
If I was seven years old again, I would most certainly scream as I ran out the backdoor, "I get to be Atalanta!!!" and then I would grab my pretend bow and pretend horse and go into the pretend swamps, fields, and forests slaying all kinds of wild game with my pretend best friend and love.

We have been reading various forms of Greek Myths for a few months now, I love this translation and the extent these versions go to. We've been hearing short and quick versions for a while now, this had a lot
Dec 21, 2009 Isa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

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
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.

Paul Williams
Jul 26, 2015 Paul Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling selection that transported me back to my youth...sitting as a child reading giant encyclopedia worth of books about greek mythology.
the narration through the entire book is one of a slick traditional storyteller that binds and spins a web of alluring threads that you find yourself getting tangled within...unable to break free from its hypnotic fragrance.

i was kept firmly underneath its spell...a cracking read and a welcoming return to my youth.
Jul 28, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Athena Nagel
Dec 07, 2012 Athena Nagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Sep 11, 2013 Gina Hott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2009 Adonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2014 Travis of NNY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
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.
Oct 21, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a really interesting book, and it explains a lot about Greek Myths. We read it as a whole class in LA so we progressed slowly. And that's probably a second reason why I gave it four stars, not sure if I'm gonna like it if I was reading this as entertainment...
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.
Mar 27, 2011 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, own, 2011
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
Jan 13, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this multiple times. It's very informational and at the same time interesting, especially for Greek mythology geeks like me
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
  • The Gods of the Greeks
  • World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics
  • The Complete World of Greek Mythology
  • Stop That Bull, Theseus! (Myth-O-Mania, #5)
  • Tales of the Greek Heroes: Retold From the Ancient Authors
  • Alcestis and Other Plays
  • Greek Gods and Heroes
  • Mythology
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology
  • The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
  • Parallel Myths
  • The Dictionary of Classical Mythology
  • Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece: Mythology's Great Tales of Valor and Romance
  • Classical Mythology
  • The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
  • Norse Mythology: The Myths & Legends of the Nordic Gods (Mythology Library)
  • Celtic Myths and Legends (Myths of the World)
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
More about Bernard Evslin...

Share This Book

“Whoever takes me captive won't live long enough to enjoy it” 5 likes
“I am Atalanta. I belong to this mountain, to the clan of mountain bears.” “I am Meleager,” he said. “I belong to Atalanta.” 0 likes
More quotes…