Greek Mythology is filled with tales of how the gods came into being, the birth of heroes, and the horrors of monsters. There's the story of Oedipus, the adventures of Odysseus, and so many other tales...
by Apollodorus, with Robin Hard (Translator). Oxford University Press. The Library of Apollodorus provides a history of Greek mythology. It has influenced writers and scholars, and has been a primary source. The book also includes notes, a map, and genealogical tables.
2. Early Greek Myth: A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sourcesby Timothy Gantz. Johns Hopkins University Press. From the publisher: "'Early Greek Myth' is a much-needed handbook for scholars and others interested in the literary and artistic sources of archaic Greek myths--and the only one of its kind available in English. Timothy Gantz traces the development of each myth in narrative form and summarizes the written and visual evidence in which the specific details of the story appear."
by Bernard Evslin and William Hofmann (Illustrator). Bantam Books, Inc. This book introduces readers to Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, along with the the heroes and monsters like the Minotaur and Medusa.
by Jean Pierre Vernant. HarperCollins Publishers. From the publisher: "In this enchanting retelling of Greek myth, Jean-Pierre Vernant combines his deep knowledge of the subject with an original storytelling style. Beginning with the creation of Earth out of Chaos, Vernant continues with the castration of Uranus, the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods, the wily ruses of Prometheus and Zeus, and the creation of Pandora, the first woman."
5. Greek Mythsby Olivia E. Collidge and Edouard Sandoz (Illustrator). Houghton Mifflin Company. The book starts out with an introduction, then is broken into sections: "Stories of the Gods," "The Loves of the Gods," "Early History of Mankind," "Man's Rivalry with Gods," "Love Stories of the Heroes," "Adventure Stories," and "Great Heroes."
6. The Greek Mythsby Robert Graves. Penguin. From the publisher: "Drawing on an enormous range of sources, Robert Graves has brought together elements of these myths in simple narrative form. He retells the adventures of the most important gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks. His work has become the reference for the serious scholar as well as the casual inquirer."
by Margaret Alexiou. Cornell University Press. The author explores the diversity of Greek language and literature. She draws from ancient texts to show how language affects myth.
by Walter Burkert and Peter Bing (Translator). University of Chicago Press. The author challenges some of our preconceived notions of Greek society, showing the constructive uses for mythology. Chapters include: "Greek Tragedy and Sacrificial Ritual"; "Jason, Hypsipyle, and New Fire at Lemnos: A Study in Myth and Ritual"; and more.
by John Gould. Oxford University Press. Find essays about Greek mythology. Chapters include: "Ancient Poetry and Modern Readers," "Hiketeia," "Dramatic Characters," "Law, Custom, and Myth: Aspects of the Social Position of Women in Classical Athens," "Tragedy in Performance," "On Making Sense of Greek Religion," and more.
by Stephen Bertman. Sourcebooks. From the publisher: "Guiding the reader on his or her spiritual odyssey will be such legendary figures as Ulysses and Aphrodite, Antigone and Helen of Troy, Socrates and Alexander the Great."