Ancient History & Civilisation

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece

From fire-stealing Prometheus to scene-stealing Helen of Troy, from Jason and his golden fleece to Oedipus and his mother, this collection of classic tales from Greek mythology demonstrates the inexhaustible vitality of a timeless cultural legacy.

Here are Icarus flying too close to the sun, mighty Hercules, Achilles and that darn heel, the Trojans and their wooden horse, brave Perseus and beautiful Andromeda, wandering Odysseus and steadfast Penelope. Their stories and the stories of the powerful gods and goddesses who punish and reward, who fall in love with and are enraged by the humans they have created, are set forth simply but movingly, in language that retains the power and drama of the original works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Homer. In Gustav Schwab’s masterful retelling, they are made accessible to readers of all ages.

INTRODUCTION

PART I

Chapter 1. PROMETHEUS

Chapter 2. THE AGES OF MAN

Chapter 3. PYRRHA AND DEUCALION

Chapter 4. ZEUS AND IO

Chapter 5. PHAETHON

Chapter 6. EUROPA

Chapter 7. CADMUS

Chapter 8. PENTHEUS

Chapter 9. PERSEUS

Chapter 10. CREUSA AND ION

Chapter 11. DAEDALUS AND ICARUS

Chapter 12. THE STORY OF THE ARGONAUTS

Chapter 13. MELEAGER AND THE BOAR

Chapter 14. TANTALUS

Chapter 15. PELOPS

Chapter 16. NIOBE

Chapter 17. SALMONEUS

Chapter 18. HERACLES

Chapter 19. BELLEROPHON

Chapter 20. THESEUS

Chapter 21. THE STORY OF KING OEDIPUS

Chapter 22. THE SEVEN AGAINST THEBES

Chapter 23. THE EPIGONI

Chapter 24. ALCMAEON AND THE NECKLACE

Chapter 25. THE HERACLIDAE

PART II

Chapter 26. TALES OF TROY

Chapter 27. THE LAST TANTALIDES

Chapter 28. ODYSSEUS