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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece

(Stephen Fry's Great Mythology #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  9,779 ratings  ·  1,125 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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Audiobook, 432 pages
Published (first published November 2nd 2017)
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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)
Stuart McIntosh It's available on Audible and is read by Stephen Fry. Well worth it. As it's an Amazon off-shoot I expect you can access it from across the pond.
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Bradley
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 surpr
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Bookdragon Sean
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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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
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 it’s 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. Th
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Trish
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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, televis ...more
Alice Lippart
The most fun and entertaining book I've read in a very long time. Loved it.
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. It’s incredibly informative and well planned out, told in a more structured chronological order than I’m normally use to with these stories. And I’ve read a lot of these stories. There’s nothing new here if you’ve delved into Greek mythology, but I enjoyed Fry's take on them - and I really li
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Lucy Langford
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5**

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 rath
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Ana
The lesson that repeats and repeats throughout the story of man. Don’t mess with the gods. Don’t trust the gods. Don’t anger the gods. Don’t barter with the gods. Don’t 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 Fry’s 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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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- oth ...more
Netta
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2017
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
Claudia
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myths-related, humor
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 Fry’s 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 today’s vocabulary are derived from the names in these myths
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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 s
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Kaitlin
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 enj ...more
Cheese
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The history of greek mythology told in a long long story.

This is the audio book and it was a challenge to finish, but interesting nonetheless.

Stephen Fry is faultless in his narration.
Margaret
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 offerin
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Katerina
Хорошо, но мало.
Узнала, что Оксфорд и Босфор означают совершенно одно и то же (cow's crossing), и прозрела, в числе прочего, что гермафродит - это сын Гермеса и Афродиты; вот уж воистину blissful ignorance of the stupid.
Roy
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Greek Mythology or any mythology at that. This is a great collection of retellings but in Frys perfect storytelling mixed with his intellect and wit. If you enjoyed Gaimans Norse novel this will be 100% your thing. Has a little more depth to it than Gaimans and some personal touches which maked this a perfect read from start to finish.
Jake
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, fantasy
This was by far the easiest 5 stars I have had the pleasure to give in quite a while. It is one of the very few books I would read again.

Mythos is fascinating from start to finish. I have attempted to get into numerous mythology books before (yes even Edith Hamilton) and struggled. Stephen Fry has made these captivating stories into a very readable and even hilarious style. He has made each God not only memorable, but also much easier to obtain a deeper insight into what each God stands for. He
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Karina Read
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Mythos, and Fry’s 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. I’d often struggled to remember who was who’s relation previously but I found Mythos wonderfully easy to follow and lose myself in. I immensely enjoyed all of his aside ...more
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
This was such a fun read, a little tough on the brain with all the notes and appendixes (all nicely hyperlinked up so you never lose your place in the ebook edition, the physical version may end up being a little more difficult!) but you can tell a mile off that the wonderful Stephen Fry had a hand in this work. I read the whole book with his voice in my head, only Fry would use some of those big words in places where little ones would do just as well but that's him all over of course and the wh ...more
Max Nemtsov
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edited
Прелестная и полезная книжка, сам не ожидал. Потому что казалось бы — ну, мы и с классикой худо-бедно знакомы, и Куна своего в детстве читали. Но, во-первых, Фрай излагает мифосюжеты не по матрице Куна (сами убедитесь), где-то он это делает подробнее, что-то вообще оставляет за кадром, поэтому Куна не заменит, конечно, но освежит и заставит взглянуть под другим углом, а во-вторых, Кун вполне ванилен (например, он не сообщает нам, за что _именно_ боги наказывали классических грешников (и какие он ...more
Liawèn
Can Stephen Fry write more books about myths? Like every myth? Heracles, Illyad, Odyssee, Oedipus? Please? I love listening to his voice and his new take on the dialogue between the gods and mortals is the best.
So, please, please, please: Write another one :-D
Katie.dorny
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lov
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Andrea
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, a BIG FAT THANK YOU to my awesome friend Bubu who send me this book via audible. THANK YOU!!! <3

Anyways.

From the foreword:
Mythos begins at the beginning, but it does not end at the end. Had I included heroes like Oedipus, Perseus, Theseus, Jason and Herakles and the details of the Trojan War this book would have been to heavy even for a Titan to pick up. Moreover, I am only concerned with telling the stories, not explaining them or investigating the human truths and psychologica
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Sumit Singla
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, 5-stars, fantasy, fiction
What an absolute cracker of a book!

I love mythology. Especially Greek. AND I love Stephen Fry. This is a great combination as an audiobook. Narrated in Stephen Fry's crisp British accent (my favourite accent in the whole world) and with typical British humour and asides thrown in, this book made peak hour commutes extremely pleasant.

If one can think of the gelding of Ouranos or the opening of Pandora's box, instead of vehicles coming right at oneself, what better can one ask for?

The myths are de
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Annelies
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Great birthday present from my lovely sister!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is basically an audiobook on paper. Stephen Fry's voice in writing is so distinctive that I heard him speak in my head while reading.

Where the Greek myths always seemed like a loose bunch of stories to me Fry here creates order from chaos. The myths are presented in a chronological/genealogical way, which makes sense. He understands that you might occasionally need a little reminder of who was who again.

I loved the
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Suanne Laqueur
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018
Not everyone's into mythology but I am and I freakin' loved this. Fry's fantastic retellings unpeeled layers of stories I already knew, and his humor made them super readable, approachable and hilarious. One million Olympic stars, and "Arch Psychopomp" is now my preferred title.
Manon
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this! I loved how Fry narrated the story and how he explained it all. It was also fascinating to learn how much influence the greek myths had on the English language !
I did miss the legend of Hercules though and sometimes wish the stories were longer
Gaby
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Such a brilliant book in every way. Was very disappointed when I got to the end, I wanted there to be more!
Cathal Kenneally
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining

Thoughtfully and erudite. Stephen Fry is normally associated with writing comedy but as he delves into the world of Greek mythology it's easy to see he enjoyed reading about these tales as anyone who is interested . He keeps you engaged. I wish he had mentioned the battle of Marathon but then that would be history not mythology
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