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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

(Stephen Fry's Great Mythology #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  34,104 ratings  ·  3,486 reviews
The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Michael Joseph
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Dan Brint My daughter and I just came back from Stephen's MYTHOS one-man-play in Niagara On The Lake last night.

He has three separate nights covering Myths,…more
My daughter and I just came back from Stephen's MYTHOS one-man-play in Niagara On The Lake last night.

He has three separate nights covering Myths, Heroes and finally Men .... it was fantastic !

We got to see Heroes and there was PLENTY of Heracles covered :)

So I would think a Heroes book would be a piece of cake for him.(less)

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Bradley
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know about any of you, but this one's a winner. Far from feeling like another dry recounting of a number of our favorite Greek myths, Fry's down-to-earth humor and traditional (modern) storytelling have turned these gods into something most relatable.

I've read Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch's recountings and I've had the pleasure of countless other sources, but here's where Fry shines: he cherry-picks the very best stories and tells them so charmingly and naturally that I wouldn't be
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Sean Barrs The Ultra Vegan
The funny thing about Greek mythology is its absolute brutal weirdness. And Stephen Fry totally gets it; he plays on it and as he re-tells it he injects it with so many witty comments. I mean, how could you not? It's waiting to be roasted.

For example, Zeus rips his father Cronos' balls off and throws them to the other side of the earth. The fluid (cough cough) seeps out and thus Aphrodite is born. Once Cronos is defeated, his five children (that he formerly ate) are regurgitated and born anew.
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This is good enough to eat! Loooooooooooooooooooove it! Gosh!!! I'll try to savour it for as long as possible!

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What misery can be so great that it causes you to go about half drowning honest ants? (c)
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You should ask yourself what brought you here, said Pan. If its love, then you must pray to Aphrodite and Eros for guidance and relief. If your own wickedness caused your downfall then you must live to repent. If it was caused by others then you must live to revenge. (c)
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What a business. The god
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Trish
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of Stephen Fry many years ago, have since watched him debate with the Church and wander through dense jungles trying to find nearly extinct animals, listened to him bring one of my favourite magical worlds to life, and learned a great deal from him on what must be one of the best quiz shows on (British) television. Not to mention his influence on LGBTQ rights and the acceptance of mental health issues (he himself is suffering from at least one). He's been on radio programs, ...more
Alice Lippart
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most fun and entertaining book I've read in a very long time. Loved it.
Luffy
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm happy to say that Fry's comforting, relaxed, and vibrant voice echoes through the entire book, even for those chapters reserved for humans, mainly. I know the author is very intelligent, and has never been accused of being a narcissist.

Name dropping aside, I thought the book was far from committing the most wanton of sins, that is patronising. The tales of the Gods were unleashed by Stephen Fry on my unsuspecting mind. Imagine if he turned his talents to Hindu gods, or Inuit ones. The
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Martin
Where did it all start?
Stephen Fry, in his delightful voice, tells of the beginning of the world and the birth of all the Greek gods and goddesses.


The original gods were the sky the sea, the ocean, the earth and many more natural spirits.
Much later came the most familiar gods, who were Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Venus, Mars and so on.

The Greeks had gods with human emotions exactly the same as the Greeks themselves. The gods were created in their image.
No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives
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Lucy Langford
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4****

So lucky to have found this book in the local library. Stephen Fry does a brilliant job of recounting the Greek myths- through describing the tales of gods, goddesses and creatures alike. This was a very informational read and I was able to build my knowledge on Greek myths and uncover more tales.

Stephen Fry writes the book in such a way that it is not dry or boring (unlike some other informational books) and you can easily follow the myths and use your imagination. His writing can be
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Netta
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, audiobooks
It is regrettable that Stephen Fry's talent to be effortlessly snobbish in a very appealing, charmingly British way, does absolutely no good to the subject of his book. The main problem with this book is that Fry's retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece is exactly what the title promises it is the retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece with some supposedly witty (but more often irrelevant) remarks which can be easily omitted. The question is: Do we actually need one more retelling of Greek ...more
Dennis
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive never been that interested in Greek mythology, to be honest. I knew a few of the names and (fewer) of the stories, of course. But I would definitely consider myself a newbie.

So as a newbie, did this book work for me? It did. Partially.

This is essentially a short story collection, told from the beginning. I enjoyed most of the tales. Some more than others, sure. But generally I felt entertained throughout the book.

But Im not sure how Im supposed to keep all the names and their relationships
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Sara
This was the perfect book to read over a very sunny and hot Bank Holiday.

Covering the dawn of the Gods, through the golden and silver ages, this discusses a wide range of stories told in the usual Fry wit. Its incredibly informative and well planned out, told in a more structured chronological order than Im normally use to with these stories. And Ive read a lot of these stories. Theres nothing new here if youve delved into Greek mythology, but I enjoyed Fry's take on them - and I really liked
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Nat K
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Gods are nothing if not capricious."

A riot of characters and colour burst from these pages. I cannot pretend to be any the wiser about Greek mythology, because, let's face it, there's a cast of thousands involved. And it's hard to keep track of them all. But I had a hell of a good time reading this. Wonderful escapism!

In his imitable style, Stephen Fry brings to life the dawn of time, when gods and goddesses ruled the earth, heavens, seas & sky. He tells us about the squabbles, the
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Finished it! Still hated it. I just couldn't bear the structure nor style of prose that Fry chose to use. I'm much more partial to a classical style or a beautiful lyrical style when it comes to relating Greek myths. This had neither. And since I've read extensively about Greek mythology over the years this just didn't add anything new to the subject for me.

HELLO FIRST ONE STAR OF THE YEAR.

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Nah. Not gonna DNF this one. The desire to read it in totality and then get to trash it and rate it
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Emma
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
As always, Stephen Fry proves to be a wonderful narrator, bringing life, humour, and modernity into these age old stories. Certainly, Jeremy Kyle's show has nothing on the incessant sexual escapades, jealousy, deceit, love, and revenge that fuel the tales, which are essentially one long list of who had sex with who and what children were born of it. Sometimes listening to it in big chunks was almost too much, it is perhaps a book best dipped into so that each mini story has a greater impact- ...more
Ana
The lesson that repeats and repeats throughout the story of man. Dont mess with the gods. Dont trust the gods. Dont anger the gods. Dont barter with the gods. Dont compete with the gods. Leave the gods well alone. Treat all blessings as a curse and all promises as a trap. Above all, never insult a god. Ever.

Stephen Frys dry, sardonic wit and wicked humour shines through every page, particularly the pseudo-archaic banter between the Gods and Goddesses, which is perhaps what someone already
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Jaya
It is always such a joy to listen to Fry.

If only I had the likes of him during my undergrad days I wouldnt run to the hills at the merest mention of anything mythological and mostly Greek (& Roman) at that! (my knowledge of Indian mythology is rudimentary, Egyptian abysmal and Norse, non existent). Anyway, it took me almost an entire month to finish this book. It's best enjoyed in small doses imho to avoid being overwhelmed or bored by the nature of the tales. Am glad to have not given up
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Claudia
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, myths-related
I must have been around 8 when I first read The Legends of the Olympus and fell in love with Greek mythology. I reread it at least 3 times afterwards and remains one of my favorite books to this very day.

Stephen Frys retelling of these myths is just as good as the original, if not better. It is limited to the gods (heroes tales are not included) but much more detailed than the version I read. I never really thought about how many of todays vocabulary are derived from the names in these myths I
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Celeste
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mythos is practically perfect in every way.

Ive adored Greek mythology since I was a child. Ive also always been utterly charmed by Stephen Fry. The combination of these two things was an absolute delight. Frys writing is a perfect marriage of class and sass, and he gives the original source material tremendous respect while never taking those sources or himself too seriously. Take this line, for instance:
Gaia visited her daughter Mnemosyne, who was busy being unpronounceable.
Isnt that just
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Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

I love fantasy and mythical tales and I adore Stephen Fry (who's audio narration was pitch perfect). I have also always wanted to read / understand the different Greek myths, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

I found it very interesting to learn the relationship between these myths and the English language, and just how much of an influence these stories still have on us today.

There were a few tales that stood out, and these were the longer stories that actually felt like proper
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Margaret
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At a time when other children had their mothers reading "Sleeping Beauty" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to them, my father was telling me the story of the abduction of Persephone with his own adornments (I particularly liked the squirrels wondering why she was picking flowers instead of nuts).

I bring this up so you understand that I was exposed to the Greek myths at a young age. Once I was able to read I got my hands on Bullfinch's Mythology and Robert Graves rather interesting two volume
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Collin
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen Fry is such an amazing orator that I could listen to him describing paint dry. Having said that, I have never actually read any of his written work. I shouldnt have worried, he writes as beautifully as he talks, eloquent and entertaining. He truly has a gift with entertaining, regardless the topic. I dont think you have to love the Greek myths to enjoy this book as its strength comes from Frys wit, humour and gift of the gab. Fry does not attempt to compete with the plethora of mythology ...more
Karina Webster
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Mythos, and Frys narration was superb. What makes it different from all the other Greek/Roman mythology books that I have collected over the years is the coherent chronology that Fry has achieved. By placing all the stories in context and in a timeline, the personalities and actions of the gods suddenly made sense to me. Id often struggled to remember who was whos relation previously but I found Mythos wonderfully easy to follow and lose myself in. I immensely enjoyed all of his asides ...more
Lena K.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, mythology
The Greeks created gods in their image, and that is why I love Greek mythology so much. The gods are just like humans, for better and for worse. They scheme, they cheat, they punish, but they also love, help and are compassionate.

The stories of Ancient Greece have accompanied me since childhood, when Ive first read the version for kids, and they accompany me still, after reading the original works of Homer, Hesiod, Ovid and others.

Stephen Frys retelling of the most famous myths was great and its
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Kaitlin
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly fantastic. I have always found the mythology of Ancient Greece fascinating, but it's also always been a pretty confusing mixture of madness and mayhem. Fry has collated many of these myths into one book and he has also added chronology which makes reading through the stories make a lot more sense, and shows us many of the relationships between the Gods and how these were formed. I definitely think this is one of the best examples of the Mythology, very readable and easy to ...more
Susy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
Since I discovered mythology I have been in love with it. The same with this book. I loved all the (short) stories, I loved to know about how it all started (though all the names and connections gave me headaches lol). However, that is what this book is: a comprehensive compilation of background information/short stories on all the Greek Gods and other relevant mythological characters. Whereas I like to be emerged in the stories and the characters for a longer time as to get really
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Katie.dorny
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was so openly lgbtq!!!! But what else do we expect from Stephen Fry??

I loved this introduction to founding Greek gods and their very very extensive family and all their stories in between.

It was light hearted and witty and never felt like a textbook you had to force yourself to study. It was a very good beginning to learn the history of Greek mythology and their deities as well as understanding them as gods and goddesses by equipping them with their signature and quirky character traits.

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Daniel Adam Garwood
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mythos is a retelling of a selection of Greek myths and legends with Stephen Frys witty, sometimes self-indulgent, panache. Informative and fun, the narrative interlaces modern cultural references into the text, highlighting the influence of the stories on the present day. The writing is very accessible, so no prior knowledge of Greek mythology is required. I read a paperback copy, but wish Id listened to the audiobook, as I imagine Stephen Frys spoken voice would have added even more to the ...more
Sophie Crane
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining and interesting book about ancient Greek mythology written in a style that is recognisable as Stephen Fry (if you've ever watched him on QI). Originally, I had been looking for a book on ancient Greek mythology that was written in a modern way and would be both easy to understand and fluid and I think this book fulfilled those criteria. I had read books on Ulysses (Odysseus I think he's also known as), Theseus, Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts and Perseus as well as seeing a few ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF 15% into the audiobook. Love Stephen Fry and love his narration, but this is boring as heck.
Ian
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
I imagine many members of GR will have some knowledge of the Greek myths, even if like mine it is (or was) fragmentary. I heard or read a few of these stories when I was a child - Persephone and the Underworld; Pandoras Box, Arachne; Echo and Narcissus; King Midas, to name some. The version of Arachnes story that is presented here was different from the one I remember, but I suppose many of these tales circulate in different forms.

The is a longish book at 400+ pages, but as Stephen Fry says in
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