24 Best Books on Greek Myths, Gods and Heroes


The books listed here are some of the very best references we have in regard to Greek mythology and legend. If you haven’t read a few of of these books and you’re over 16 years of age, I recommend you do so immediately.

Many of these books will enlighten you with the glorious mystical past of ancient times. They’ll make you wonder at the pictures displayed on ancient pottery and mosaics. Then you’ll probably come to realise that these myths survived because of their extreme importance. They had to be visually preserved. Who on earth would believe the unbelievable myths otherwise?

Unfortunately, there are so many great books on Greek mythology, that I’m positive there are even better books in existence than the ones shown here. If you’re lucky, you may even know of them already. No matter though, as these fabulous books will be able to fulfil the intellectual curiosity of most maturer minds anyway. The wonders of Greek myth and legend are waiting for you in these great books.

Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology – Thomas Bulfinch

Gods and Heroes in Greek Mythology – Panagiotes K. Chrestou

Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece – Gustav Schwab

Greek Mythology – Papadimas Ekdotiki

Greek Mythology – Sofia Souli (Toubis)

Greek Mythology Activities – Marcia Worth-Baker

Greek Mythology: A Traveller’s Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy – Davi Stuttard

Greek Mythology: Greek History, Ancient Greece and Greek Gods – Theodore Andreas

Greek Mythology: The Greek Mythology Guide – Frank Smith

Greek Mythology: The Classic Myths of Ancient Greece – Alexander Kostas

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths – Bernard Evslin & Todd Haberkorn

Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths in Today’s World – Zachary Hamby

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes – Edith Hamilton

Myths and Legends Explained (DK Publishing) – Neil Philip

Tales from the Odyssey

Tales of Greek Mythology (Timeless Classics) – L. L. Owens

Tales of the Greek Heroes (Puffin Classics) – Roger Lancelyn Green

The Complete World of Mythology (Complete Series – Hard Cover) – Richard Buxton

The Genealogy of Greek Mythology: An Illustrated Family Tree of Greek Myth – by Vanessa James

Stephanides Brothers’ Greek Mythology: The Gods of Olympus – Menelaos Stephanides

The Iliad – Homer

The Odyssey – Homer

The Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Mythology – Arthur Cotterell & Rachel Storm

Further reading for those of you who need to know everything:

Argonautica – Apollonius Rhodius

Dictionary of Classical Mythology – Pierre Grimal

The Homeric Hymns – Once attributed to Homer

Metamorphosis – Ovid (verse rather than prose)

Prometheus Bound – Aeschylus

Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans: A Sourcebook – Theony Condos

The Greek Myths (Penguin Classics Deluxe) – by Robert Grave (Comic cover)

The Library of Greek Mythology (a.k.a. the Bilbliotheca) – by Apollodorus

The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell

The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life – Luc Ferry

Theogony – Hesiod

A few interesting novels:

Fire from Heaven – Mary Renault

Gods Behaving Badly – Marie Philips

Oh. My. Gods. – Tera Lynn Childs

The Firebrand – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur – Victor Pelevin

The Night Life of the Gods – Thorne Smith

The King Must Die – Mary Renault

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus – Margaret Atwood