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Adventures of the Greek Heroes

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The myths of six Greek heroes are told in a simple, straightforward style.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 4th 1973 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1961)
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Dayan Cruz
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Though most of the stories I already read about them. But there were new stories that I ha never hear of. My favorite part is that the format of the book is very interesting. Each chapter is different but it keeps going right after what had happened in the past chapter. I really recommend this book to Greek lovers. Also keep in mind that this book is pretty amazing and if you don't like it then try another book. ...more
Oct 03, 2014 added it
I think this book is good to read because it will help you to learn a lot of things. One of example I learn in this book to stop give up.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of the Greek Heroes
I have really enjoyed this book filled with fun adventures of bravery. My favorite tales in this book are the stories about Theseus. Theseus showed great courage, strength, and wisdom. His father, Aegeus, buried his sword and magical shoes in the ground, and he put a giant rock over them. In order for his son to take these valuables, he would have to lift the heavy rock. When Theseus was born he worked hard throughout his life, and when he was older, he was abl
Kathryn Ruiz
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I love reading greek myths, so I enjoyed this book. The only thing I didn't like was that there was NO details or adjectives in this book . It was almost choppy. However, I still enjoyed this book. It had stories of Hercules and many other amazing heroes from Greek Mythology. I also believe that these stories are fun to read because of all the action in them. However, some these stories were pretty violent. But overall, I like this book and would recommend this book to people who love books abou ...more
Luke Miller
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read with my 7-year-old son. Good collection of some classic myths.
A. B
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bloody fantastic!!
Women were seen as equals- unlike western stories. In these stories Women were seen as brave, wise and powerful, and were respected. They were also admired for their beauty, but unlike what the western world tells us to believe- that was never their only option to achieve admiration, respect and power. Their characters could be both beautiful and wise, both beautiful and strong, or all beautiful, wise and strong! Loved reading these stories. The divine feminine comes in many fo
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting and textual claim on the myths of six heroic Greekians, and might i say that some are the heirs to one of the most heirarchal leaders of mankind! It all starts with Zeus, a nefarious leader who robs mankind of one element he cannot sustain without; slowly the first hero starts a horde of things. one after the next (wild, exaggerated punishments). And the chain of destruction-saving through the onslaught of heroes continues. join the tales of brave and laborous Hercules, lyrical Or ...more
Sep 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
ok, this book was written for adolescents. and it's probably a really good book for those who are just beginning to learn english, but i liked it. i mean, what's not to like with greek mythology and tragedy? it was good to reread the stories of medusa. and finally understand who the argonauts were (again). this is a good book to scape the dust out of the corners of your mind for those old classes where you read mythology. i love this shit. ...more
Aug 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph is all about heroes. He identified immediately with Perseus in the first stories but then found Hercules and his strength very attractive. Hmmm...hard to decide. This was an excellent reading level for him, going into 4th grade and at a 3rd grade level. He had good retention after reading these stories, too.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this on vacation. Always fun to read the mythologies even if they're simplified and severely abridged."Hercules completed other trials, but that is another story," Really, I have time. Tell me some more. We stay at the same house every year. Going to shoot for the George Washington bio next year. ...more
Adam Lockhart
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
A simple introduction to some of the better known Greek Heroes. The storys are heavy on the high notes and light on details. It was a nice, quick read and will likely be a book that I encourage my 10 year old son to read next.
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this adventurous story starts out with all the good and the bad greek gods and goddesses including medusa and zues,hercules and perseus, theseus and orpheus, and the argonauts including meleager
Lisa Kuhn
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, mythology
Some of the stories were a little different from other versions. Like for example, isn't Prometheus a Titan? And he gets his liver torn out by a vulture, right? Not in this book. ...more
Kai Shen
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has many greek myths, for instance, Theseus and the Minotaur, The 12 labours of Hercules and many more. The myths are also shortened, but still gives you the important informations.
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some of the sentences were abrupt, and the stories weren't told in the best way they could have been told... Overall it was okay. ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictions-others
those days when bravery, valor, and wisdom differ heroes from mere human
AxeL Juarez
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is full of history. It talks about what greek did back in the old days. I love this book it is full adventure. I recommend this book who likes history.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bruh i thought we can read it on this cite.......... faq
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: etec545class3
Wiseman, Anne M. Adventures of the Greek Heroes (1961). Heroes, motif- death. Story-How Perseus Slayed the Gorgon. In my mind, I envisioned this story as the sequel to Varitan’s Medusa story in his “Illustrated Greek Myths” story. The setting is Ancient Greece, where we find the hero Perseus at the shore of a freezing sea, conversing with the Three Gray Sisters. These figures are seen in different myths, with my latest recollection of them being the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After inquir ...more
Lucas Montano
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book would be great for anybody wanting to learn more about greek gods and heroes. It is a great book because instead of one huge story about mainly one person it is many small stories with different characters each time. The bad thing about this however is that it makes it a little hard to take the test and remember small details of each one so I had to refer back to them many times throughout the test. One thing that did help was the author did not give too much detail or really go into d ...more
Which heroes?

Hercules, Peseus, Theseus, Orpheus, Meleager, and Jason & the Argonauts. Of course, the book does not provide all the details for any of these--just a few stories for each hero.

I bought this book a decade ago when I took my children to the National Gallery of Art. However, I just now read it because I teach a first-year seminar on Classical Athens. My students depict people from 5th C. BCE, and each of them is also assigned a patron so that they can learn about mythology along wit
Dayna Smith
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is charming collection of the heroes of Greek mythology written for younger readers. It contains the stories of Hercules, Theseus, Perseus, Jason, and others. All have been edited for a younger audience. This is the perfect book to read to kids to introduce them to Greek mythology and its heroes.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seemed great for a child's introduction to Greek myths... except for randomly using Roman names at times. Pluto, Diana and Minerva, amongst others, are NOT Greek. So now I've ordered Roger Lancelyn Green's book instead, and hope the true information will overwrite the erroneous. ...more
Joe Lyons
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although the stories are decent for early readers to become familiar with Greek heroes, the language is 1960s. Men are strong, and beautiful girls want to marry heroes. This book needs updating.
Zoe Allen
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it has lots of transitions and it was fun to read and had me at the edge of my seat at times. good job
Caroline Sowell
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great easy read, nice short chapters, easy to understand, and lots of stories all divided into who the hero was.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, Its good but it calls most gods by their roman name and some stories are kinda of different then from other more common ones
Anthony Carnet
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adventures of Greek Heroes by Anne M. Wiseman is about stories of Greek Heroes. Some examples of these Greek Heroes are Hercules. In the book, it talks about the many deeds of Hercules. One example of what he did was that he killed a fierce monster called Greyon, Unlike many other monsters, Greyon is a man with the power of three men together. He also has 3 faces and 6 arms. One last example of a Greek Hero is Perseus. It first starts off with the birth of Perseus and then goes into him visiting ...more
this was my go to book of greek myths as a child. my list says I read it twice but I am certain it is more than that - or my dad read it to me as well. there is a lot about hercules, perseus, meleager...very well written. I think as an adult I am more drawn to stories about goddesses than heroes but I dearly loved this as a child.
Addison Losh
Jun 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
the cover of the book says Greek heroes, but they use Roman names for many of the gods. the font size is very big, and is an easy read
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