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Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,293 ratings  ·  279 reviews
The earth breeds giants and ogres of indescribable horror -- the heavens hold omnipotent gods and goddesses, abounding in courage, strength and wisdom.

Zeus, the almighty king of the gods, who cannot resist feminine beauty -- mortal or divine, and his jealous and vengeful wife, Hera.

Perseus, fearless mortal warrior, who takes on an impossible challenge: slaying the monstrou
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published 1966)
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Rosa I read this book in fifth grade reading class, and loved it. It would be perfect for sixth graders.
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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
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is really interesting if you enjoy Greek myths. I really like how the author categorizes each section: Gods, Nature Myths, etc. The only con to this book is the layout of the words. They are very close together and not spaced out well, so it's slightly more "annoying" to read and it doesn't make you want to read the book.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Had to read this for school and I thought that it was pretty good. I love Greek mythology so there's a plus. Not terrible but not great. The writing was a little strange but I liked how quick the chapters were. My favorite stories were about Aphrodite.
David Stephens
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: myths
For anyone wanting an introductory level account of some of the most well known Greek myths, this book should suffice. It provides brief overviews of many of the main gods of the pantheon as well as some nature myths and more detailed accounts of the demi-gods. Some of the stories even bother to give character motivations that go beyond the incessant pride, jealousy, and lust of the gods.

Of course, some of the myths seem maddening and random while others are complicated and quite beautiful. I ha
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting, insomuch as I happen to be interested in Greek mythology. The tales are hyper short & are easy to understand. (Nice when you're a younger reader or someone who's just now being introduced to Greek mythology.) No comparison between the Greek Gods & the Roman Gods (who were "borrowed" from the Greeks). Very light on the information. I didn't feel like I had to think hard & I didn't learn anything new, unfortunately.

That said, I would recommend this to those starting out in
Keith Landry
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During my senior year of High School, the nuns required us to translate portions of the Odyssey from Latin. From this I developed a strong interest in Greek Mythology. For about a year, I wrestled with the worlds described in the Odyssey, the Iliad and by Bulfinch. Then I moved on to other things. I'm back now! What great fun. For the youngsters out there who have not read about Poseidon, Apollo, Hermes, Aphrodite, Eros, Perseus, Midas and the Demigods, I encourage you to see where the inspirati ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is honestly also a five out of five! With Greek Gods, myths and why things the way they are, and the heroes from these mighty tales. I think this one is also very, very, VERY well written.
To be completely truthful; I didnt TECHNICALLY read this. I listened to a voice audio of the VA Todd Haberkorn reading it. It was because I couldnt get the books. But sometimes ignoring the voice and focusing on the story. I loved it! There is a lot I know about Greek Mythology. I just learned more, in
C.A. Gray
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really engaging retelling of the Greek myths, surprising for what's considered a classic. It's like a compilation of short stories.
Aug 30, 2017 added it
Not very well written but I did enjoy the stories that were told in the book.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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One of my favorite stories in the book was Hephaestus, the Smith God the god who cast off a cliff, for being too ugly ,but was taken back when his gift as a smith was known to Olympus. As I read each story the ideas the greeks lived by became more clear.

The plot of the book is a series of old greek myths that taught morals and how things came to be. There was a lot of diversity with each story some being about those who are punished for loving themselves too much or some be
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
Caroline Greyling
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Kariman Hassan
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ridiculously over simplified but a good introduction to Greek mythology if you know nothing about it
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Britney Wolfe
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this extremely entertaining. A wonderful book to wind down with at bedtime.
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.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
even darker and grittier than I remember. Now I'm ready to reread all the Percy Jackson books (!!)
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-mythology
We have known the Greek Gods, the demigods and the heroes through various re tellings in fiction and movies that 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. Berna ...more
Ben Jordan
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read " Heroes, Gods, and Monsters go Greek myths " by Bernard Evslin. Some things I liked about the book was it was a quick and simple read. I also liked that it had lots of myths in one book not one full myth.
I enjoyed the book being quick and simple because I am very busy and I do not have time to read about character development. For example when it talked about Theseus it said he was very proud, it did not build up the character to seem that way. If every character in all of these myths w
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisdom
Reading Plato, I kept coming across references to Greek mythology that I didn't understand, so I decided to learn a bit about ancient Greece before continuing on to Aristotle. I'd watched Hercules as a kid, but not much else beyond that. Reading through these stories now that I'm older was fascinating. In one sense, it was nostalgic, even though I'd never read them before. Perhaps it was just the experience of reading fables and fairy tales in general that I was reminded of. Beyond that, however ...more
Kirsten Simkiss
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Honestly, it's not a bad book. While informational if you only have a slight amount of understanding when it comes to Greek mythology, it's a little bit simple in terms of the stories. Granted, these are meant to be the author's translations, but they leave a lot out regarding the gods. Heck, they only mention Ares once, in one sentence, in the entire book and he's part of the main pantheon. Clearly this author has a preference for Apollo, seeing as he covers more Apollo related stories than any ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I am interested in just about anything related to the Greek myths, and this was no different. It was perfect to listen to in the car or getting ready in the morning. The narrator was excellent, and I loved the touches of dialogue that the author included to bring the heroes and gods and monsters to life. Though I listened to the audiobook, I think it would have been an easy and enjoyable read.

However, I do feel that some of the more popular stories were missing or incomplete, and for that reaso
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading the background stories on the various Greek gods. I would hate to try to draw a family tree, what with all the interbreeding with mortals. I think some of the male gods may have had hundreds of progeny. The stories were well told and kept my interest although they weren't as fanciful as some novels. All in all it was a nice refresher of the gods that I had learned about in school many years ago.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of the Percy Jackson books I wanted to learn more about Greek Mythology. This book got great reviews so I thought that I would give it a try. It did not disappoint. This book is for all ages. It tells the story of each God, Muse, Demi-God etc. in a way that you will remember way beyond the normal two week retention of so many facts.
If you or your child is interested in Greek Mythology I highly recommend this book.
Good for (mature) children and teens, or adults who want a story-like telling of some of the more popular myths. I found it took too many liberties with the myths for the sake of narrative, and in many cases only presented one of the many stories regarding the specific myth, but for people who want a more detailed introduction to the myths and have no interest in the academics of it, it's a good place to start.
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I liked the fact that despite all the Greek myths I've read over the years (some of them more than once), this book still had myths I'd never read before and even had a fresh look on myths I'd already been familiar with. This is why I love mythology in general; there's always something new to learn no matter how well you think you already know it.
Jaime Mozo Dutton
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A spot of good fun for those, like me, that like this kind of thing. Nothing exceptional about the prose but then on the other hand nothing jarring about the prose that would get in the way of the stories.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who knew little about greek mythology prior to this book, I learned a lot. The book just has some fun and entertaining stories as well. I would have loved if my parents included this book in the ones they read to me as a child.
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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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