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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...

1. The Library of Greek Mythology

The Library of Greek Mythology
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.
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2. Early Greek Myth: A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sources

by 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."

3. Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

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.
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4. The Universe, the Gods, and Men: Ancient Greek Myths

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."
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5. Greek Myths

by 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 Myths

by 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."

7. After Antiquity: Greek Language, Myth, and Metaphor

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.
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8. Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece

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.
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9. Myth, Ritual, Memory, and Exchange: Essays in Greek Literature and Cul

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.
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10. Climbing Olympus: What You Can Learn from Greek Myth and Wisdom

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."
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