Girl meets boy. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis . Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent. On the run from a punishment worse than death, an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend upends Zephyr’s world—and not only because her old friend has grown surprisingly, extremely hot. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. 1,211 ratings — It seems that Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess that is prophesied to shift the power balance: for hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that. published 1943, avg rating 3.52 — The only work of its kind to survive from classical antiquity, the Library of Apollodorus is a unique guide to Greek mythology, from the origins of the universe to the Trojan War. And they’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ. A chapter on books and readers in the Greek world concludes Part 4. Centuries of poetry and prose have come down through the generations, in… published -380, avg rating 4.18 — Condemned by a jealous king, Bellerophon must win the trust of the legendary winged horse Pegasus or face certain death. 982 ratings — He is the author of Euripides (2008) and of books on Greek historiography, Aristotle's fragments, and Synesius.. David Schenker is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri. But all that changed when her sister was murdered—and Zephyr used a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate. Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. published 1953, avg rating 4.39 — But Ndali is from a wealthy family and struggles to imagine a future near a chicken coop. The ancient Greeks continue to captivate us, with clues that lead us into mysteries that have yet to be solved. I’ve also only included one book per author to increase our scope here. published 1965, avg rating 3.98 — And it’s getting harder. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. Read 7 374 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 58,241 ratings — In The Trojan War historian and classicist Barry Strauss explores the myth and the reality behind the war, from Homer’s accounts in The Iliad and The Odyssey to Heinrich Schliemann’s discovery of ancient Troy in the late nineteenth century to more recent excavations that have yielded intriguing clues to the story behind the fabled city. Homer (c. 9th century bce) records several constellations by the names used today, and the first mention of circumpolar stars is in the Odyssey. published -450, avg rating 4.28 — In the introduction to The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood’s retelling of the Myth of Odysseus, she writes: “I’ve chosen to give the telling of the story to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. 896 ratings — Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. published 1883, avg rating 4.03 — Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess. The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman–Helen. published -411, avg rating 4.22 — Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent. 1,824 ratings — One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for. Each part has its own appendix of authors and works, a list of works cited, and an index. Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, Helen of Troy is an exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible, legendary characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves. This literature included the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle and the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides. 3,775 ratings — Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. These include Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. Almost gone. Read preview Overview. published 1992, avg rating 3.90 — Find suggestions in these posts: Thank you for signing up! But in Whitbread winner Ali Smith’s lyrical, funny, mash-up of Ovid’s most joyful gender-bending metamorphosis story, girl meets boy in so many more ways than one. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty―or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. . The poems, which ask the eternal questions about the individual and the community, honor and service, love and war, tell us how we became who we are. “Δεν υπάρχει σήμερα μεγαλήτερη αμαρτία από το να παραδίνεσαι στη γοητευτική μέθη της ωραιότητας.”, avg rating 3.77 — At long last, Mary Beard addresses in one brave book the misogynists and trolls who mercilessly attack and demean women the world over, including, very often, Mary herself. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart. It’s getting better overall, but I’d love to see more diverse voices being published today, both in the commentary and retellings of these myths. Told from the viewpoint of Psyche’s sister, Orual, Till We Have Faces is a brilliant examination of envy, betrayal, loss, blame, grief, guilt, and conversion. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his prized chickens into the water below to express the severity of such a fall. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. From the beginning its writers were Greeks living not only in Greece proper but also in Asia Minor, the Aegean Islands, and Magna Graecia (Sicily and southern Italy). The maids form a chanting and singing Chorus, which focuses on two questions that must pose themselves after any close reading of the Odyssey: What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger―and more complicated―than she ever imagined. But what if there was more to the tale of these heroes than we know? From the explosive confrontation between Achilles, the greatest warrior at Troy, and Agamemnon, the inept leader of the Greeks, through to its tragic conclusion, The Iliad explores the abiding, blighting facts of war. Written with the authority of a scholar and the vigor of a bestselling narrative historian, The War That Killed Achilles is a superb and utterly timely presentation of one of the timeless stories of Western civilization. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. . It provides a complete history of Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. ); no real literature has been discovered. English View all books by this author in this language. The earliest known Greek writings are Mycenaean, written in the Linear B syllabary on clay tablets. Greek Literature (Book) : Cambridge Univ PrThis series provides individual textbooks on early Greek poetry, on Greek drama, on philosophy, history and oratory, and on the literature of the Hellenistic period and of the Empire. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. published 1924, avg rating 4.34 — When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Because even here, he finds her. Attention is drawn This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. The Roman authors influenced countless others in the decades and centuries that followed – Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, and many more. Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best. Almost gone. Greek Books: Literature-Foreign Writers: You can find most of these books by using the Amazon.com search box on the left, which I have placed conveniently all over the site. There she finds herself under the protection of handsome Hades, the god of the dead, and she’s automatically married to him. Unlike conventional narrative histories, this volume focuses on the profound effects of literature within Greek society. When her family objects to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a college in Cyprus. Learn more. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, For the Most Beautiful: A Novel of the Women of Troy, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War, Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You, The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1), Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters, 50 Must-Read Classic Mythology Retellings, Dallying With The Gods: 16 Books About Gods And Mythology, Middle Grade Fantasy Books About Indian Mythology, 100 Must-Read Books About Ancient History. published 1966, avg rating 4.18 — (And because his series is the entrance for most into the world of Greek myths, check out even more of our reading recommendations like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series here. Goddesses from our past are celebrated in this lushly illustrated book by Ann Shen, the author and artist who created Bad Girls Throughout History. The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. The next she’s fighting off Boreas, the brutal god of Winter, and learning that she’s a bonafide goddess-a rare daughter of the now-dead Zeus. . Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting. C $6.10. published 2001, avg rating 3.99 — The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world. Hesiod . Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. As far back as Homer’s Odyssey, Beard shows, women have been prohibited from leadership roles in civic life, public speech being defined as inherently male. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. Not a chance. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real. Greek mythology books appeal to readers of all ages, with some stunning retellings written for young adults. Ann is an illustrator, letterer, and author based in Los Angeles who has created artwork for a number of publications, campaigns, products, and galleries. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. published 1939, avg rating 3.93 — She’s going to fight back. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Check out our picks for the best books of the year. published 1963, avg rating 4.25 — In this vividly-imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal and reveals the part of the story that’s never been told: What happened to Alcestis in the three days she spent in the underworld? 35,147 ratings — Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. Being a Greek god is not all it once was. 12,256 ratings — Can she escape the grasp of the god of Winter’s minions? Set on the outskirts of Umuahia, Nigeria and narrated by a chi, or guardian spirit, AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES tells the story of Chinonso, a young poultry farmer whose soul is ignited when he sees a woman attempting to jump from a highway bridge. In a haunting voice reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, with the contemporary lyricism of David Levithan, Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the real-world truths of conversion therapy. published -480, avg rating 3.86 — 12,014 ratings — Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders by Mike Townsend. Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander’s new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source—a translation epic in scale and yet devastating in its precision and power. As time went on the sound and the form of the letters were changed. With The Penelopiad, Atwood has written a fierce, funny, and subversive myth that challenges the patriarchal nature of Greek Mythology. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall. But trust each other? But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. 534 ratings — However, they were able to shake the shackles and create a vibrant literature of their own; poetry, prose, and history. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. published 1969, avg rating 3.98 — It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life. Her goddess powers are developing some serious, kick-butt potential. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry–from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. What follows is a breathtaking tale of love and revenge, destiny and the determination, as these two brave women, the heroes of the Trojan War, and the gods themselves come face to face in an epic battle that will decide the fate of Troy. 55,699 ratings — Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Greek Literature: Selected full-text books and articles. Greek mythology books (retellings, translations, and commentary) continue to be some of my favorite reads. 976 ratings — 1,308 ratings — Until the day comes that Persephone must leave…and they realize that trusting each other is the only way they’ll ever meet again. Buy the Paperback Book Greek Literature by Richard Claverhous Jebb at Indigo.ca, Canada's largest bookstore. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best-known and most influential authors of Greek antiquity, including Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Aristophanes and Plato, as well as introducing many lesser-known figures. published -431, avg rating 4.37 — because someone is always watching her. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Characters in Greek literature may often seem strangely different from their modern counterparts: less idiosyncratic, less real, and with less psychological depth or interest. Important modern Greek writers & poets include Kazantzakis, Elytis, Seferis and more. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations. In the process, she reveals the intended theme of Homer’s masterwork-the tragic lessons of war and its enduring devastation. West] Why Homer Matters is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by the Iliad and the Odyssey and their metaphors of life and trouble. in doing so, he learned a lot about family. The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology offers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Michael Ventris and John Chadwick, the original decipherers of Linear B, state that literature almost certainly existed in Mycenaean Greece, but it was ei… This fresh, authoritative translation captures … Includes a summary of the original Midas’s Wish myth at the end. The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson. It is one of the oldest masterpieces of the Western literature. published -700, avg rating 4.05 — When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece’s Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. Who knew that having relatives could be so complicated, even for a god? 4,581 ratings — Books on LibraryThing tagged Greek literature. 18,603 ratings — 1,444 ratings — So when a naked goddess falls directly into his lap, along with the news that he has to shelter her for the indefinite future, he is less than thrilled. In Athena the Brain, Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn’t realize that she was a goddess! Tortured. C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—brilliantly reimagines the story of Cupid and Psyche. But every time he rescues her from another of Boreas’ schemes, they fall in love a little more. 115,200 ratings — Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. Offers timeless stories of Greek literature and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle chooses yellow,! 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