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Tales of the Greek Heroes: Retold From the Ancient Authors

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,539 ratings  ·  197 reviews
This book presents the great stories of the heroic age - "Dionysus", "Heracles", "Theseus", "The Quest for the Golden Fleece", and many more.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1958)
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Calli R. Harper Herbold I have always been fascinated with mythology but mostly Greek

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Mark Lawrence
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My edition of this is from 1972!

I remember reading it as a child and was reminded of it today so I hunted my shelves for it and found it with no covers and a large food stain one the front page. It was a well loved and well read book.

I flipped through and read the story of the titan Typhon today. It was this book that furnished me with most of my education in this mythology. The author was an academic and a member of the Inklings along with Tolkien and C.S Lewis. The stories are drawn from
Eleanor: Dad? Why do you read me books that I might not enjoy reading by myself?

Dad: There are a lot of reasons, I guess. I don't think you'll read some of these books in school, or on your own, and they're worth reading.

Eleanor: Why don't you read them to Gwen and Poppy?

Dad: I do, sometimes. Like The Little Prince. I didn't think any of you would read that one on your own yet, and it's a classic that has influenced a lot of other works.

Eleanor: At school, they did The Reader's Theater, and The
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love greek mythology so much but multiple times the author got me lost with all the different names and some of them even seemed to come out of nowhere

3.5 Stars

Ah, Greek mythology, one of my pet passions. Like most people my introduction to the world of Greek mythology came through a children’s book that retold some of the more popular and enduring legends – Heracles, Odysseus, and Jason. That particular book will always have a very special place in my heart (and on my bookshelf). It wasn’t, however, this book.

Although objectively a much more comprehensive, intelligent, and less simplified introduction to Greek mythology than many of the
Adrian Anderson
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
I remember this book being in our English Literature class' reading list. I loved it. I think it is geared more to the young mind than to an adults as, yes, the narrative is aimed more to adventure and action as opposed to a more deep and profound account of the Greek mindset and way of life in those times.

That said, I too enjoyed Green's idea of linking the stories and forming a more coherent continuity with an ultimate end goal - Defeating The Giants. All the heroes were on Zeus's short list.
I think this book put me in a reading slump. I really hope not because I have a lot of book I want to read this month, and my goal for the school year is to read 100 and a reading is not going to help me achieve my goal. Overall I think this book is not worth reading.
eman | readsforkeeps ✨
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and unexpectedly fun book to read.
Katherine Sas
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inklings, mythology
About as spartan a retelling of the Greek myths as you could hope for (which I believe is typical of his retellings for young readers, and fair enough) but Green does a solid job of knocking the tales of the Greek Gods and heroes into a reasonably linear and comprehensive whole.
I enjoyed Green’s Myths of the Norsemen, so it made sense that I would check this one out next. Tales of the Greek Heroes presents an accessible retelling of the myths, from the beginning of the universe to the death of Hercules. I was more familiar with these stories as a kid. But I found myself remembering bits as the book went on. While every chapter more or less stands on its own, Green interweaves plotlines and characters so the whole book reads like a single epic. Admittedly, the way he ...more
This book has 19 stories of the heroes, including a few stories devoted to Heracles, Perseus, Theseus and Jason as well as others related to the Olympian Gods and their games of manipulation.

Reading this after Stephen Fry's Heroes was probably not the ideal order, as it is extremely hard to top Fry's wonderful and detailed retelling, but this does serve to give readers a succinct account of many of the classic legends of the Greek Heroes.

I liked that at the beginning of each story there is a
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO ENJOYED THIS. I've always had a particular fascination with Greek mythology ever since I read The Odyssey in high school. And after starting the Percy Jackson series, I just got really into it and wanted to read more on the myths. I've never read a compilation like this, and I loved how the stories were intertwined and kept building on each other, even when a lot of them were their own tales. It was very readable, even though there are *so many* names to remember and keep track of and figures ...more
Adrien Fischer
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good book. Great for those interested in Greek Mythology.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I decided to read this book because I like Greek myths and it is a short stories novel, so it was easy to read and enjoyable. This book is for the bingo board square 'three short stories from one anthology', I liked this category because it is easy to find and read. The three stories I chose from the novel are 'The coming of the immortals', 'Hermes and Apollo' and 'the story of Prometheus'.

My favourite quote from these stories is 'If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful land of Greece you
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
My daughter and I read this together for her school required summer reading. Though she is going into 6th grade and capable of reading by herself, she never would have made it through this book had I not read it to her. First, there needs to be a pronunciation guide for all the names and places. I know I butchered every one except for those I had heard before. Second, the stories are written in such a round about, convoluted way that you can't keep track of who is who and what their story is. A ...more
Matthew Bianco
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In Rick Riordan's Introduction, he claims the Roger Green stories are what interested him as kid in Greek mythology, leading to his writing as an adult. I can see why.

Green's retelling of the Greek myths are very good, and connected as one narrative, making the overall book easier to read. They are captivating and interesting, and excellent for youths to read for the whetting of their mythological appetites.

On the other hand, as an adult, they are incomplete. It leaves out detailed descriptions
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This has to be the best, simple account of the Greek myths. Reading and re-reading it as a child, I got to know all the main stories as real heroes, not dusty school-room exercises. Heracles is the big figure, and I guess I responded to him the way my son responds to Spiderman. There are hints of something disturbing in his tale (killing his family!) and in the Jason story, too. I also liked Prometheus and thought Zeus was pretty mean to him. And what about those gods? I found them much more ...more
4/5 Stars

It's probably worth pointing out I am completely obsessed with Greek mythology at the moment, even if I am relatively new to it. So I picked this book up, looking for a more simple rebelling of some of the greatest legends. I loved the whole book, start to finish and the chapters and explanations were very well thought through. My only problem was at times the plots went to fast, bits were skipped or glossed over, and it was perhaps a tiny bit too simple for me, a 16 year old, classics
Edy Gies
I absolutely loved this book. The author's retelling of the Greek myths is exactly what I've been looking for to share with my middle school students. I also like that the author was a friends of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Oh, to be in that book discussion group! This particular edition has an introduction by Rick Riodrdan in which he explains that this is the first book he read about mythology as a kid and it made him dream of being a Hero. I want my kids to see that without classic literature ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent, It gives a general overview of Greek Mythology from the coming of the immortals to the battle of the giants. Ideal for an introduction..
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puzzle Factory
I remember first reading Tales of the Greek Heroes in middle school. I think the main purpose was to give us enough of an understanding of the Greek gods and classical heroes to be able to recognize references we would encounter as we continued our educational journeys through the literary canon. Green’s version of the Greek myths provides an enjoyable and easy read, with a focus on the masculine gods and heroes, including Zeus, Hermes, Apollo, Prometheus, Dionysus, Perseus, Theseus, Jason & ...more
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Read my full review on my blog, Final Frontier Books!

So, why should you read this book?
If you’re fascinated by any form of mythology, this is a great introduction to basic Greek mythology, in chronological order!

My Opinion
Before I read this book, I was already pretty familiar with Greek mythology, but I didn't know where the myths sat in relation to each other (chronologically), and I found it quite illuminating to have them presented to me in that way. (Knowing that Perseus was Heracles'
Adeline Wys
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this with a small amount of knowledge on Greek mythology. I have not read any of Rick Riordan's books and I didn't read that much Greek mythology growing up. I'm familiar with some of the names of the characters in this collection but I knew nothing of their pasts. But I also really really enjoyed this. It was fun and adventurous, though there were A LOT of names mentioned that, at times, it was hard to keep track of. Learning about the Greek gods and goddesses in chronological order ...more
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
4.5 stars, but I rounded up to five. I really liked how the tales we heard individually as kids in school were woven together into a more or less chronological tapestry in this book. It's much easier to see the relationships between the legends and their characters presented in this format. While at times I wished there were more information on a particular story, I can always go to the originally translated works themselves to read about specific events in full.

It's crazy how all the gods and
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Green’s Adventures of Robin Hood, and whilst I also enjoyed this book it didn’t grab me in quite the same way. I think this is perhaps because Robin Hood is a character that has always intrigued me and caught my imagination, as well as pulling at me at an emotional level. For me, the appeal of the Greek tales is not quite as high. Having said that, I do enjoy many of the Greek tales, and they include characters that are bywords in our culture, part of our history. As Green himself says, ...more
Nienke • Books of Spica
Be prepared for lots of deaths, fights, hate, vengeance ... and names. Especially names.

Without joking, this book was awesome. Roger Lancelyn Green combined lots of Greek myths into one big story, kind of written in chronological order.

I was scared I’d have a hard time reading it, considering this book’s originally written in 1958, but it actually read quite easy and I loved the writing style.

I wanted to have a bit more background information before I started reading Circe. For that purpose,
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Now I know what I am going to read for my kids as bed time stories... and yes, I don’t care if some of them will be scary. I LOVED THE BOOK, I loved the tales. I felt like I went back in time and seeing these monsters. It was so interesting, thrilling and I didn’t want it to end. It surely made me more interested in the greeks mythology. It won’t be my last book in such genre. I recommend this to anyone who loves science fiction novels, history book and anyone who loves visiting imaginary places ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had only a read a little Greek mythology before I read this. This book taught me so much, even though it is relatively short. I believe it covers quite a wide scope and although it is a little confusing in the way that there are so many characters (or heroes) involved, on the whole I finished it feeling much more knowledgeable about Greek mythology which I really like. It was an engaging read while also being informative. I would recommend this as a first book to the subject as it gives a ...more
Daniel Nelms
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology-legend
Green was part of the "inklings" along with Tolkien and Lewis. In fact, if it weren't for Green, Lewis probably would not have published the Chronicles of Narnia.

This is Green's retelling of the Greek myths. They are written for a younger audience, and reflect the necessary simple style. They are fast moving, fast pace, but are fun to read.

It was my first reading through an actual Greek mythology, although I've read much of Greek history along with many of the ancient greek plays. I used it for
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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in ...more