GREECE:  Its History and Mythology

An Annotated Bibliography

by Jodie Apeseche


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Adare, Sierra.  Greece, the Culture.  Crabtree, 1999.  


ISBN: 0865053081 (paperback)
ISBN: 086505228X (hardcover)

A cultural influence for thousands of years, this book highlights Greece's mythology, theater, and famous writers, philosophers and artisans.




Adare, Sierra.   Greece, the Land.  Crabtree, 1999.

ISBN: 0865053065 (paperback)
ISBN: 0865052263 (hardcover)

Young readers are introduced to this ancient land of rugged mountains and sunny islands as well as its influential history, politics, and philosophy.




Adare, Sierra.  Greece, the People.  Crabtree, 1999.  


ISBN: 0865053073 (paperback)
ISBN: 0865052271 (hardcover)

Colorful photos feature the lives of modern Greeks in the busy cities, hilly countryside, and sunny islands. Daily life in ancient times is also featured.



Aliki.   The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.  HarperTrophy, 1997.  


ISBN: 0064461890 (paperback)
ISBN: 0060235306 (hardcover)

After retelling the creation myth that explains how the Greek gods and goddesses came to live on Mount Olympus, Aliki offers a brief description of the history and character of each major Olympian. The numerous illustrations include full-page portraits and smaller scenes from various myths. This introduction may well pique the interest of readers unfamiliar with Greek mythology. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  


Barber, Antonia.  Apollo and Daphne: Masterpieces of Greek Mythology.  J.Getty Museum, 1999.

ISBN: 0892365048 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Fifteen Greek and Roman myths about figures such as Midas, Orion, and Narcissus are retold briskly and engagingly and are illustrated with paintings by master artists such as Fra Angelico, Raphael, and Titian. The handsome book, which unfortunately includes no information on the artists and their styles, will be of most interest to those who already know and love the myths. Ind. -- Copyright © 1999 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  

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Bardi, Piero.  The Atlas of the Classical World: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.  Bedrick, 1997.  


ISBN: 087226369X (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This oversized volume charts the rise and eventual fall of the Greek and Roman civilizations over a thousand years, beginning in the eighth century B.C.E. Each double-page spread contains flatly written historical coverage of the times, including governmental systems, politics, and developments in the arts and technology.  The pages are crammed with captioned reproductions and illustrations as well as maps, making the presentation busy and unclear.   -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  



Blacklock, Dyan. Pankration : The Ultimate Game.  Albert Whitman & Co., 1999.  


ISBN: 0807563234 (hardcover)

Set in Greece in 430 B.C., Nic, the spoiled son of a wealthy Athenian family, is on the run. If only he can reach Olympia in time for the Games and find his friend Gellius, he thinks he'll be safe. But the Pankration, the supreme event of the original Olympic games, a bare-fisted, no-holds-barred combat sport, awaits Gellius. And in the end it's the Pankration that forces Nic to choose between the truth and a horrible fear.


Brooke, Roger.  Theseus and the Minotaur.  Raintree Childrens Books, 1987.

ISBN: 0817225145 (paperback)
ISBN: 0817225064 (hardcover)

Brave Theseus sails to the island of Crete to confront the Minotaur, the horrible monster to whom Athenian youth are sacrificed every nine years.



Burleigh, Robert. Hercules.  Harcourt Brace, 1999.  


ISBN: 0152016678 (hardcover)

Journey back to ancient Greece and meet the greatest hero who ever lived-Hercules! With eleven difficult tasks behind him, he now must face the last and most terrifying. To bring back the three-headed monster dog, Cerberus, Hercules must enter the Underworld-where the dead go-and come back alive! With a bold storytelling voice, Robert Burleigh takes the reader into the classical world of Greek mythology and reveals the courage and valor of this larger-than-life hero. Award-winning illustrator Raul Colin's dazzling artwork imbues this classical story with magic and power.  


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Castile, Gavin.  In Search of Knossos : The Quest for the Minotaur's Labyrinth (In Search Of). Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  


ISBN: 0872265447 (hardcover)




Castile, Giovanni.  In Search of Troy: One Man's Quest for Homer's Fabled City (In Search Of).  Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  


ISBN: 0872265420 (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

A city rose on the banks of the Aegean 5,000 years ago, Troy, the very stuff of legend; in this archaeo-history, Caselli targets all the most exciting material. Using a format that features clusters of text and images, often encircling a larger commanding image set on a two-page spread, Caselli sketches the background of Troy by following the work of Heinrich Schliemann, the archaeologist whose team unearthed the city.  




Cerasini, Marc.  The Twelve Labors of Hercules (Step into Reading, No 3).  Random House, 1997.  

ISBN: 0679883932 (paperback)
ISBN: 0679983937 (hardcover)

Although he is the strongest man in the world, Hercules must also use his wits to complete the tasks that the jealous king has in store for him. From giant ogres to fearsome Amazons, Hercules tackles his foes gamely. With the rollicking humor of a tall tale, this retelling is an exciting first step into Greek mythology.  


Chapman, Gillian.  The Greeks (Crafts from the Past).  Heineman Library, 1998.

ISBN: 1575727331 (hardcover)





Chrisp, Peter.  Ancient Greece (My World).  World Book Inc., 1999.  

ISBN: 0716694077 (paperback)
ISBN: 0716694069 (hardcover)

Narrated by a young member of ancient Greece, this book introduces young readers to Cleon and his sister Crytilla, who live in Athens, Greece. Readers visit their home, learn about democracy, join in the Olympic Games, discover ancient Greek theater, and even make a mask.


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Chrisp, Peter.  The Parthenon (Great Buildings).  Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1997.  


ISBN: 0817249176 (hardcover)


Clare, John.  Ancient Greece (Living History).  Harcourt Brace, 1994.

ISBN: 0152005161 (hardcover)

Portrait of ancient Greece encompasses Spartan youth, religion, the Olympic Games, early medicine, women's lives, and military history, from the struggle against Persia to exploits of Alexander the Great.  



Claybourne, Anna.  The Adventures of Ulysses (Library of Myths and Legends Series).  E D C Publications, 1998.  


ISBN: 0746027311 (paperback)
ISBN: 0881109711 (hardcover)



Claybourne, Anna. Greek Myths : Ulysses and the Trojan War. E D C Publications, 1999.

ISBN: 0746033613 (hardcover)  



Clement-Davis, David.  Eyewitness Readers: Trojan Horse (Level 4). DK Publishing, 1999.  


ISBN: 0789444755 (hardcover)

Proficient Level 4 readers will be totally absorbed by these dramatic stories. The rich vocabulary and factual panels will set them on a lifelong path to reading for information. The highly successful Eyewitness Readers series combines DK's highly visual style with engaging, age-appropriate stories to help children learn to read. The four reading levels feature stunning DK photographs, colorful illustrations, and text guaranteed to capture a child's interest while developing his or her reading skills and general knowledge.


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Climo, Shirley.  Atalanta’s Race: A Greek Myth.  Clarion Books, 1995.  


ISBN: 0395673224 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

The proud, athletic Princess Atalanta does not believe in love; she declares that she will accept only the suitor who defeats her in a race. When the goddess of love provides Melanion with three golden apples, he uses them to distract Atalanta and win the race. Richly colored illustrations framed in Greek columns help tell the dramatic story of Atalanta's life. Copyright ©1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.




Colum, Padraic.  Children's Homer : The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy.  Aladdin Paperbacks, 1982.  


ISBN: 0020425201 (paperback)


"Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers . . . Illustrated with Pogany's superb drawings, full of the driving force of the poetic prose."--Publishers Weekly.




Colum, Padraic. The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1983.  


ISBN: 0020422601  (paperback)
ISBN: 002723620X (hardcover)

Describes the cycle of myths about the Argonauts and the quest for the Golden Fleece, as well as the tales of the Creation of Heaven and Earth, the labors of Hercules, Theseus and the Minotaur, etc.



Colum, Padraic.  The Trojan War and the Adventures of Odysseus (Books of Wonder).  William Morrow & Company, 1997.  


ISBN: 0688145884 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Afterward by Peter Glassman. Several of the twelve watercolors that illustrate this version of the classic tale are expressive portraits of important characters, while other illustrations show battle scenes or depict the gods and creatures Odysseus encounters during his voyage. The formal language of the text may give some readers difficulty, but these stories are worth the effort. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  



Connolly, Peter and Hazel Dodge.  The Ancient City: Life in Classical Athens and Rome.  Oxford Univ. Press, 1998.  


ISBN: 0199172420 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This in-depth study of ancient Athens and Rome provides details about the history of each city, the lives of its citizens (childhood, marriage, work, recreation), its government, and its religious beliefs. Additionally, illustrations of reconstructed buildings and color photographs of artifacts and artwork enhance the well-written text. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Connolly, Peter.  The Ancient Greece of Odysseus (The Ancient World).  Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.  


ISBN: 0199105324 (paperback)





Craft, Charlotte.  Cupid and Psyche. Morrow, 1996.  


ISBN: 0688131638 (hardcover)

Psyche is the most beautiful woman in the world: she falls in love with an invisible man, betrays his trust, and must achieve three tasks in order to win back his trust. K. Y. Craft's gorgeous illustrations are outstanding and winning embellishments to this myth, setting it apart from any other version.




Craft, Charlotte.  King Midas and the Golden Touch.  Morrow Junior, 1999.  

ISBN: 0688131654 (hardcover)

In this lavish keepsake edition, a king finds himself bitterly regretting the consequences of his wish that everything he touches would turn to gold.




Crosher, Judith. Technology in the Time of Ancient Greece (Technology in the Time Of).  Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1998.  

ISBN: 0817248773 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

This series shows the wide range of technologies employed by ancient civilizations, emphasizing that technology need not involve complicated tools or materials. Color photos and artwork illustrate the books, which feature an uneven collection of activities and handicrafts. Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin.  D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. Doubleday Books, 1962;  Picture Yearling, 1992.  

ISBN: 0440406943 (paperback)
ISBN: 0385015836 (hardcover)

Mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts, Athena, goddess of wisdom, Helios the sun, greedy King Midas--here are gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece brought to life in the myths that have inspired great literature and art throughout the ages. Illustrations throughout.


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Davis, Kevin.  Look What Came from Greece (Look What Came From).  Franklin Watts, Incorporated, 1999.  

ISBN: 0531159744 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531117448 (hardcover)



Dawson, Imogen.  Foods and Feasts in Ancient Greece.  New Discovery Books, 1995.

ISBN: 0027263290 (hardcover)  





Deary, Terry.  The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories).  Scholastic Paperbacks, 1997.  


ISBN: 0590031554 (paperback)

A lively portrait of life in Greece more than two thousand years ago describes the origins of the Greek Olympic games, the highly revered god who ate his own children, the people who had the first flushing toilet, and more.


Descamps-Lequime, Sophie.  The Ancient Greeks : In the Land of the Gods (People's of the Past).  Millbrook Press, 1996.

ISBN: 0761300961 (paperback)
ISBN: 1562940694 (hardcover)

A glimpse into the lives of the ancient Greeks explores Greece's unique political organization as well as the worlds of the gods, the theater, and the Olympic games.



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Dobson, Mary.  Greek Grime (Smelly Old History).  Oxford Univ Pr Childrens Books, 1998.  


ISBN: 019910493X (paperback)

Those ancient Greeks tried hard to keep clean--after scraping off the grime, they spread on the grease! The ancient Olympic athletes wore nothing but olive oil! Smells in this book include violet oil, horse dung, sewer drains, jasmine, and sulfur. 50 color illustrations.




Evans, Cheryl and Ann Millard.  Greek: Myths and Legends. E D C Publications, 1986.  


ISBN: 0860209466 (paperback)
ISBN: 0881102245 (hardcover)

Presents clear information about common Greek myths and contains a "Who's Who" section in the back. Perfect for looking up things easily.



Evslin, Bernard.  Adventures of Ulysses. Scholastic, 1989.  


ISBN: 0590425994 (paperback)
ISBN: 0808577565 (Turtleback)

The leader of the Greek forces returning from Troy encounters the Cyclops, the beautiful sorceress Circe and more, as he tries to ward off the anger of the gods.  


Evslin, Bernard.  Amycus (Monsters of Mythology).  (Out-of-print)

Recounts the myth of Amycus, the brass-headed giant who was summoned by Athena to destroy all who challenged her authority.


Evslin, Bernard.  Anteus (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1988.

ISBN: 1555462413 (hardcover)

Recounts the myth of the giant son of Mother Earth who, with his bodyguards, Gobi, Mordo, and Kell, battled Hercules.  

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Evslin, Bernard.  The Calydonian Boar (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1989.  

ISBN: 1555462421 (hardcover)

Recounts the myth of the monster created by Artemis and slain by Meleager and Atalanta.


Evslin, Bernard.  Cerberus (Monsters of Mythology).  (out-of-print)

Recounts the Greek myth about the three-headed dog who was employed to guard the portals of the Underworld.


Evslin, Bernard.  The Chimaera (Monsters of Mythology). (out-of-print)

Young hero Bellerophon sets out to conquer the fire-breathing chimera and win the hand of Queen Anteia. The eighty-eight illustrations are all works of art covering several centuries.


Evslin, Bernard.  The Cyclopes (Monsters of Mythology). (out-of-print)

Describes the origins of the cyclopes, their work as servants to the gods, and their memorable encounter with Ulysses.  


Evslin, Bernard.  The Dragon of Boeotia (Monsters of Mythology). Chelsea House, 1987.

ISBN: 1555462464 (hardcover)

A fierce dragon plaguing a region of Greece comes into combat with the young prince, Cadmus of Phoenicia. The book's illustrations are famous works of art covering many centuries.


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Evslin, Bernard.  Gods, Demigods, and Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology.




Evslin, Bernard. The Greek Gods.  Scholastic Paperbacks, 1995.  

ISBN: 0590441108 (paperback)
0808577557 (Turtleback)

The biography of all the gods of ancient Greece.



Evslin, Bernard.  Greyon (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1987.

ISBN: 1555462502 (hardcover)


Recounts the classical myth about the triple-bodied monster who lost his life and herd of red oxen in a battle with Hercules.


Evslin, Bernard.  Harpalyce Princes of Thrace an Insatiable Huntress (Monsters of Mythology).  (out-of-print)


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Evslin, Bernard.  Hecate (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1988.

ISBN: 1555462529 (hardcover)

Recounts the myth of the goddess of the underworld known for her witchcraft and black magic.  


Evslin, Bernard.  Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Greek Myths.  Bantam, 1984;  Demco, 1995.

ISBN: 0590441108 (paperback)
ISBN: 0606030980 (Turtleback)

In this compelling book, Evslin introduces readers to the wondrous and terrifying world of superhuman beings, such as Medusa and the Minotaur, and the glory of gods like Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon--brought magically to life through exciting retellings of great adventurers such as Perseus, Daedalus, Prometheus, and others.  



Evslin, Bernard.  The Hydra (Monsters of Mythology).  (out-of-print)

Recounts the myth of the hundred-headed creature which was slain by the hero Hercules.



Evslin, Bernard.  Jason and the Argonauts.  (out-of-print)

Ekion, the son of Hermes, relates how he came to be one of Jason's Argonauts and the adventures they shared in search of the Golden Fleece.



Evslin, Bernard.  Ladon (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1990.

ISBN: 1555462545 (hardcover)



Evslin, Bernard.  The Minotaur (Monsters of Mythology).   (out-of-print)

Recounts the Greek myth about the monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man, which lived in the Labyrinth in Crete until killed by the hero Theseus.


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Evslin, Bernard.  The Nemean Lion (Monsters of Mythology). (out-of-print)

From Horn Book

A famed classical mythologist's retelling of the story of the Nemean lion, the killing of which was the first of the twelve Labors of Hercules, is a travesty. The heroic slayer, Hercules, has been changed into a young girl, Heraclea; the origin of the Nemean lion has been completely distorted. The format is handsome. -- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.



Evslin, Bernard. Pig’s Ploughman (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1990.

ISBN: 1555462561 (hardcover)

Recounts the myth of Vilemurk or the Pig's Ploughman, the murderous Hog Who Ate the Sun, who battles the hero Finn McCool in the ancient land of Eire.



Evslin, Bernard. Procustes (Monsters of Mythology).  Chelsea House, 1987.

ISBN: 1555462391 (hardcover)

Presents the exploits of the monstrous bandit who offered hospitality to travelers on the road from Troezen to Athens, only to perform horrible acts once they went to bed. Liberally illustrated with art works representing many centuries.


Evslin, Bernard.  Scylla and Charybdis (Monsters of Mythology). Chelsea House, 1989.

ISBN: 155546257X (hardcover)


Evslin, Bernard.  The Spear-birds (Monsters of Mythology).  (out-of-print)


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Farmer, Penelope.  Daedalus and Icarus.  Harcourt Brace, 1971.  (Out-of-print)




Ferris, Julie.  Sightseers Ancient Greece: A Guide to the Golden Age of Greece.  Kingfisher, 1999.  


ISBN: 0753452197 (hardcover)





Fisher, Leonard Everett.  Cyclops.  Holiday, 1991.  


ISBN: 0823410625 (paperback)
ISBN: 0823408914 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

A retelling of the cyclops myth from Homer's The Odyssey. Odysseus and his men outwit Polyphemus after being stranded on the cyclop's island. Fisher's dry-brush paintings, full of texture and bright color, capture the essence of the myth, including a truly ugly cyclops. -- Copyright © 1992 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  



Fisher, Leonard Everett.  Olympians : Great Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece. Holiday House, 1984.

ISBN: 0823405222 (hardcover)

Offers brief biographical sketches of the twelve gods and goddesses that reside on Mount Olympus including such information as their Roman names, their parents, and the symbols that represent them.



Fisher, Leonard Everett.  Theseus and the Minotaur.  Holiday, 1992.

ISBN: 0823409546 (paperback)
ISBN: 0823407039  (hardcover)

Retells Greek myth of the hero Theseus and his battle with the bull-headed monster called the Minotaur.


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Fleischman, Paul.  Dateline Troy.  Candlewick, 1996.


ISBN: 1564024695 (hardcover)

Kids in the middle school grades will appreciate having a lively discourse on Troy which retells the Trojan War in an unusual manner. Newspaper clippings from modern conflicts create intriguing parallels between Homer's world and our own, demonstrating the relevance of past history to modern times.


Freeman, Charles.  The Ancient Greeks (Spotlights).  Oxford University Press, 1996.  


ISBN: 019521238X (hardcover)

A brightly illustrated introduction to daily life in ancient Greece provides information on development of Greek democracy, the city-states, religion, warfare, sports, theaters, and a typical Greek home.


Gaines, Ann.   Herodotus and the Explorers of the Classical Age. Chelsea House, 1993.

ISBN: 079101293X (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Using readable texts and substantial, but often poorly reproduced, black-and-white and color illustrations, the books introduce readers to fascinating areas of exploration. Explorers is more successful in capturing the excitement of discovery; Herodotus covers so much territory and time that readers unfamiliar with ancient history may be overwhelmed, and the illustrations are not as closely linked to the text. Bib., ind. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.



Galloway, Priscilla. Aleta and the Queen : A Tale of Ancient Greece. Annick Press, 1995.

ISBN: 1550374621 (paperback)
ISBN: 1550374001 (hardcover)

From Booklist

This is an engaging reworking of sections of The Odyssey. Galloway has added her own characters to Homer's cast and given the tale a fresh perspective. The action, which takes place in the court of Queen Penelope during the final weeks before Odysseus' return, is viewed through the eyes of Aleta, the 12-year-old granddaughter of the queen's housekeeper. Like her grandmother, Aleta helps in the fight against the queen's unwanted suitors. In between keeping watch and running errands, she learns the story behind the current situation and struggles with her feelings toward her mother, who has joined the other side. When Odysseus returns, she is there to witness and assist. Galloway's simple, graceful prose style makes her tale accessible without diminishing its interest or complexity. --Copyright© 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved



Galloway, Priscilla.  Atalanta: The Fastest Runner in the World.  Annick, 1995.  


ISBN: 155037463X (paperback)
ISBN: 155037401X (hardcover)


As a helpless baby Atalanta is abandoned by her father, who wanted a son. The goddess Artemis saves the infant, who grows up to be a great hunter and the fastest runner in the world. Artemis, however, demands Atalanta's promise that she will never marry.


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Galloway, Priscilla.  Daedal us and the Minotaur.  Annick Press, 1997.  


ISBN: 1550374583 (paperback)
ISBN: 1550374591 (hardcover)

The third story in the critically acclaimed Tales of Ancient Land series, "Daedalus and the Minotaur" explores themes of human aspiration, pride, parental love and friendship, in a fast, suspenseful narrative. Illustrated throughout with stunning, Grecian-style paintings, it is sure to become a modern classic.


Galloway, Priscilla.  My Hero Hercules.  Annick Pres, 1999.

ISBN: 1550375687 (paperback)
ISBN: 1550375695 (hardcover)




Gay, Kathlyn.  Science in Ancient Greece.  Franklin Watts, Incorporated, 1999.  

ISBN: 0531159299 (paperback)
ISBN: 0531203573 (hardcover)

Discusses the theories of ancient Greek philosopher-scientists such as Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and Aristotle, and describes scientific discoveries and their applications in ancient Greece.  




Geringer, Laura.  The Pomegranate Seeds: A Classic Greek Myth.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  

ISBN: 0395681928 (hardcover)

When Demeter's young daughter, Persephone, is kidnaped by the king of the underworld, the earth-goddess decrees that nothing will grow on Earth until her safe return. Geringer brings a modern sensibility to her interpretation of Hawthorne's adaptation of Greek myth about origins of the seasons.


Gerstein, Mordicai.  Tales of Pan.  Harper and Row, 1986.  (Out-of-print)  

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Green, Robert.  Alexander the Great.  Franklin Watts, Incorporate, 1996.  

ISBN: 0531202305 (hardcover)

Provides a look into the life of one of the greatest conquerors of the ancient world and demonstrates the new trade and cultural routes that were created through Alexander's vast conquests in the East.


Green Roger.  Tales of the Greek Heroes (Puffin Classics). Puffin Books, 1995.

ISBN: 0140366830 (paperback)


Greene, Jacqueline Dembar.  Slavery in Greece and Rome.  Franklin Watts, 1999.


Guy, John.  Greek Life (Early Civilization Series).  Barrons Juveniles, 1998.

ISBN: 0764106309 (paperback)

Readers will discover the vivid contrasts between the ordinary lives of the citizens of Athens, the cradle of humanism, and Sparta, a neighboring authoritarian military citadel. Here too are illustrations and descriptions that convey a sense of the architecture of Greek cities, major Greek figures, the importance of the theater, the bitter wars raged with Persia, and more.


Haskins, Jim and Kathleen Benson.  Count Your Way Through Greece.  Carolrhoda, 1996.

ISBN: 0876149735 (paperback)
ISBN: 0876148755 (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

Learning to count in Greek is now as easy as one, two, three, in this entry in the Count Your Way series; Haskins and Benson use the numbers one through ten to expound on Greek history and culture. An introductory note explains the history of the Greek alphabet and its influence on contemporary English, then it's on to the digits. Each number is written in Greek and phonetically in English.


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Hewett, Sally.  The Greeks (Footsteps in Time).  Children's Press, 1998.  

ISBN: 0516262319 (paperback)
ISBN: 0516080571 (hardcover)




Heyer, Marilee.  We Goddesses : Athena, Aphrodite, Hera. DK Publishing, 1999.  

ISBN: 0789425866 (hardcover)

In "life" they hardly got along, but their book is a triumph of witty, robust, spell-casting collaboration. The Greek myths have never before been told by their leading ladies. The tellings of Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera intertwine (though none repeats a myth), enabling us to hear more than one perspective on events and motives -- say, for instance, their wrangle over the golden apple and the outbreak of the Trojan War. And the cast of Olympian, mortal, and animal characters is unforgettable, as it has been since the times of Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and Ovid, whose originals are the author's first sources here. Miraculous births, triumphs and sorrows in love, spats and adventures are all given a personal vividness, the voice of each goddess being distinctly her own. In an Epilogue/Afterward, the goddesses personally invite readers to Olympus to choose among them as the young shepherd Paris had to. But now, their rivalries stilled, a sense of sisterhood prevails. Opulent original paintings adorn their tellings; back-matter pages of sculptures, vases, and friezes show how Classical artists imagined the goddesses, whose selves have proved to be deservedly immortal.




Hicks, Peter.  Troy and Knossos (Digging Up the Past).  Thomson Learning, 1996.  

ISBN: 0817245235 (hardcover)





Hodge, Susie.  Ancient Greek Art (Art in History.)  Heineman Library, 1998.  

ISBN: 1575725517 (hardcover)




Hodges, Margaret.  The Arrow and the Lamp: The Story of Psyche.  Little Brown, 1989. (Out-of-print)

From Horn Book

Loveliest of mortals, Psyche incurred the jealousy of the goddess Aphrodite. Thus, when Eros, Aphrodite's son, fell in love with her, Aphrodite's rage was intensified. The story of Eros and Psyche's love, separation, and final reunion on Mount Olympus is retold with dignity and a sense of restrained emotion. The illustrations are more theatrical - figures posed dramatically, a style more romantic than classic. -- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  


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Hort, Lenny.  The Goatherd and the Shepherdess; A Tale from Ancient Greece. Dial Books, 1995.  

ISBN: 0803713525 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Mediterranean blues and greens predominate in the pastoral illustrations that accompany the tale of a shepherdess and her two admirers. Inspired by Greek legend, the dramatic love story of Daphnis and Chloe involves orphan children, a jealous lover, pirates, a tragic death, and a miraculous rescue. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Hull, Robert.  Greece (Ancient World Series).  Raintree, 1998.  





Hutton, Warwick.  Odysseus and the Cyclops.  McElderry, 1993.  

ISBN: 0689800363 (hardcover)

On the way home from the Trojan war, the Greek hero Odysseus and his band of men are trapped in a cave by a one-eyed, man-eating Giant--the cyclops called Polyphemus. Each day Polyphemus leaves the cave to graze his sheep, but rolls an enormous boulder in front of the entrance to keep Odysseus and his men inside. Desperate, Odysseus works out a brilliant plan to overcome the monster.  




Hutton, Warwick.  Perseus.  McElderry, 1993.  

ISBN: 0689505655 (Hardcover)

From Horn Book

A retelling of the Greek myth, in which Perseus travels to the Valley of the Gorgons to retrieve the head of Medusa, is clearly written and presented in an attractive format featuring Hutton's luminous watercolors. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




Hutton, Warwick.  Theseus and the Minotaur.  McElderry, 1989.  

ISBN: 068950473X (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Warwick Hutton makes specific use of the patterns and designs of Minoan artifacts, architecture, and costume to illustrate his version of the famous myth. His narrative paintings carry emotional intensity and are imbued with personal as well as with universal meanings.-- Copyright © 1990 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  

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James, John. How We Know About the Greeks (How We Know About Series).  Peter Bedrick Books, 1997.  

ISBN: 0872265374 (hardcover)

Illustrated with numerous drawings and a few photographs of artifacts, this book contains well-written text.  Each double-page spread discusses an aspect of society, from the daily lives of both a working and a wealthy family, to farming practices, religious and political beliefs, recreation, and the arts.

--Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.




Kerr, Daisy.  Ancient Greeks (Worldwise). Franklin Watts, Incorporated, 1997.  

ISBN: 053115310X (paperback)
ISBN: 0531144232 (hardcover)





Langley, Andrew.  Alexander the Great: The Greatest Ruler of the Ancient World (What's Their Story).  Oxford, 1998.  

ISBN: 0195214021 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

What’s Their Story? series. These brief illustrated biographies chronicle the lives of prominent historical figures.  The writing is clear for the most part, focusing on major accomplishments, while slightly glossing over the negatives.  Each volume includes a time line.  Th equality of the illustrations varies, but despite their general appeal, the design and trim size keep the feel tipped toward the institutional. Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  


Lasky, Kathryn.  Hercules: The Man, the Myth, the Hero.  Hyperion, 1997. (Out-of-print)

Based on Greek myth, here the legendary Greek hero Hercules recounts his daring adventures. Award-winning children's book author Kathryn Lasky takes readers on a tour of Hercules' incredible life, from his prodigious infancy, through his twelve labors, and ending with his heroic ascent to Mount Olympus.




Lister, Robin.  The Odyssey.  Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 1994.  

ISBN: 1856975223 (hardcover)

Homer's great epic poem is excitingly recaptured in Robin Lister's fast-moving account of Odysseus's return from Troy and by Alan Baker's richly imaginative illustrations. Full color.



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Little, Emily.  The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War.  Random House, 1988.  

ISBN: 0394896742 (paperback)
ISBN: 0833524798 (Turtleback)

Vivid watercolors and an intriguing text present one of history's most cunning strategies: the creation of a giant wooden horse to smuggle Greek warriors into the impregnable walled city of Troy.


Loewen, Nancy. Athena (Greek and Roman Mythology Series).  Franklin Watts, 1998.

ISBN: 0531116123 (hardcover)



Loewen, Nancy. Venus (Greek and Roman Mythology Series).  Franklin Watts, 1998.

ISBN: 0531116158  (hardcover)  




Loverance, Rowena and Tim Wood.  Ancient Greece (See Through History).  Viking, 1993.  

ISBN: 0670847542 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Appealingly designed introductions to the cultures and customs of two great civilizations are organized by double-page treatments of subjects such as the family, work, housing, and medicine, as well as by broader topics, including beliefs, philosophy, and political systems. The layout includes well-chosen illustrations of contemporaneous art objects as well as clear maps and scenic artwork; carefully drawn, cutaway scenes with acetate overlays show significant architectural achievements and their interiors. The writing is informative and packed with lively historical detail. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.




Low, Alice. The MacMillan Book of Greek Gods and Heroes.  Simon & Schuster, 1985.  

ISBN: 0027613909 (hardcover)

The myths of ancient Greece--the triumphs of the gods on lofty Mount Olympus and the deeds of the heroes on Earth--are some of the most exciting stories ever told. This collection offers young readers a grand introduction to this enthralling genre. Color and black-and-white illustrations throughout.


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MacDonald, Fiona. First Facts About the Ancient Greeks.  Peter Bedrick Books, 1997.  

ISBN: 0872265323 (hardcover)

Full-color, captioned illustrations and an informative text provide a revealing glimpse of the world of the ancient Greeks and their lasting legacy--including mathematics, art and architecture, literature, philosophy, and politics--to world culture.


MacDonald, Fiona.  A Greek Temple (Inside Story).  Peter Bedrick, 1992.

ISBN: 0872263614 (hardcover)

An illustrated survey of the construction and history of the Parthenon in ancient Greece.




MacDonald, Fiona. How Would You Survive as an Ancient Greek? Franklin Watts, 1995.  

ISBN: 053115307X (paperback)
ISBN: 0531143422 (hardcover)






MacDonald, Fiona.  I Wonder Why the Greek Built Temples?   Kingfisher, 1997.  

ISBN: 0753450569 (paperback)






MacDonald, Fiona.  Women in Ancient Greece (Other Half of History). Peter Bedrick, 1999.  

ISBN: 0872265684 (hardcover)


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MacDonald, Fiona. The World in the Time of Alexander the Great.  Dillon Press, 1997.

ISBN: 0382397436 (hardcover)




McCaughrean, Geraldine.  Greek Gods and Goddesses.  McElderry Books, 1997.  

ISBN: 0689820844 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Zeus and Hera's seething marital rivalry provides the frame story here, and most of the fifteen tales relate to their tricks and plots of revenge. After the introductory explanations, the myths are compelling. The cartoon style illustrations which vary in style and occasionally reflect ancient art are incongruent with the larger than life figures and events, but they will make the book inviting to reluctant readers. -- Copyright © 1999 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




McLean, Mollie.  Adventures of the Greek Heroes. Houghton Mifflin, 1972; Demco, 1961.  

ISBN: 0395137144 (paperback)
ISBN: 0881038245 (Turtleback)

The myths of six Greek heroes are told in a simple, straightforward style. "This is the authors' answer to the need they found in their teaching experience for easy versions of Greek hero tales, and the result is most successful . . . vigorous and appealing. Included are Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, Orpheus, Meleager, and Jason." ‑‑ School Library Journal, starred review




Maestro, Betsy.  The Story of Clocks and Calendars: Marking a Millenium.  Lothrop, 1999.  

ISBN: 0688145485 (hardcover)


Take a lively trip through time as you are transported through time and history.  Here is the story of time-keeping: how, over thousands of years, calendars and clocks came to be.  Learn about the long, and sometimes amazing, history of the Gregorian calendar itself, and why we will celebrate the beginning of the upcoming millennium not once, but twice.




Malam, John. Ancient Greece: Gods and Goddesses (Ancient Greece).  Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  

ISBN: 0872265986 (hardcover)


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Malam, John.   Ancient Greeks (At a Glance Series). Peter Bedrick Books, 1998.  

ISBN: 0750026022 (paperback)             
ISBN: 0872265579 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

A substantial amount of information on ancient Greeks is offered piecemeal through paragraphs, maps, tables, and charts on busy pages.  Although the small print and large volume of information would be appropriate for older readers, the sentences are elementary and concepts are simplified.--Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Malam, John.   Greek Town. Franklin Watts, 1999.

ISBN: 0531145298 (hardcover)




Mark, Jan.  The Midas Touch.  Candlewick, 1999.  

ISBN: 0763604887 (hardcover)





Martell, Hazel Mary.  Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Greeks.  Peter Bedrick Books, 1998.  

ISBN: 0872262839 (hardcover)

Gods, goddesses, and legendary heroes are brought to life by stunning illustrations and exciting stories.  Each well-written myth alternates with a fascinating non-fiction look at this amazing ancient culture: architecture, artifacts, and scenes from daily life are all on display.

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Mason, Jane.  The Flying Horse : The Story of Pegasus (All Aboard Books Reading Level 1).  Grosset & Dunlap, 1999.  

ISBN: 0448419807 (paperback)
ISBN: 0448420511 (hardcover)

The classic myth, simply retold for the very youngest readers. With the help of the goddess Athena, Perseus tames the winged horse Pegasus and destroys a dreaded monster.




Mayer, Marianna.  Pegasus.  Morrow, 1998.  

ISBN: 0688133835 (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

In the heightened language and measured cadence of a classic hero's tale, Mayer relates the story of the winged horse Pegasus and the brave Bellerophon. The fair young man is sent to subdue the monster Chimera, who devours people and lays waste to the lands. He learns he can only hope to defeat the monster if he can convince the magical flying horse to carry him into battle. Bellerophon meets Pegasus at a sacred spring, and the goddess Athena reminds him in a dream that the bridle of trust will hold him and his steed together as equals. Defeating the Chimera in a wild battle, he marries a princess and rules with her, but seeks Pegasus throughout his life. Children hungry for heroes will find this robust fare for their imaginations. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.  


Moessinger, Pierre. Socrates.  Creative Education, 1992.

ISBN: 0886826063 (hardcover)

A fictional letter written by Socrates to his sons shortly before his death, explaining his ideas and outlook on life.  What is good?  What is beautiful?  How can one find wisdom?  These are the questions that guided the life of this ancient Greek philosopher.  More than 2,000 years later his voice is still heard.  Truth is in the spirit of the searcher.




Moore, Robin.  Hercules : Hero of the Night Sky.  Aladdin Paperbacks, 1997.


ISBN: 0689812299 (paperback)
0613021622 (Turtleback)

From Horn Book

Moore retells the myth of Hercules, with special emphasis on the hero's efforts to overcome his explosive temper, the result of a curse placed on him by the goddess Hera. The large-print text reads well, though it features only four of the famous twelve labors. Each brief chapter is illustrated with a full-page black-and-white drawing. A note about the Hercules constellation is included. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




Morley, Jacqueline. Greek Myths.  Peter Bedrick Books, 1997.  

ISBN: 0872265609 (hardcover)

An illustrated collection of twenty Greek myths including "Prometheus and Pandora", "Theseus and the Minotaur", "Meleager and the blazing logs", and "The story of Phaeton".


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Nicholson, Robert.  Ancient Greece (Journey into Civilization).  Chelsea House Publishing, 1994.

ISBN: 0791027279 (paperback)
ISBN: 0791027031 (hardcover)

A fascinating introduction to the dramatic history of the ancient Greeks.




Osborn, Mary Pope.  Favorite Greek Myths.  Scholastic Trade, 1991.  

ISBN: 0590413384 (hardcover)

Here are twelve Greek myths, retold in an accessible style and magnificently illustrated with classic elegance.






Osborn, Mary Pope.  Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House Series).  Random House, 1998.  

ISBN: 0679890629 (paperback)
ISBN: 0679990623 (hardcover)

Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, and witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.  


Pearson, Anne.  Ancient Greece (Eyewitness).  Knopf, 1992.

ISBN: 0789457504 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

A striking survey of ancient Greece covers the role of women, warfare, clothing, and even hygiene in dramatic color photographs and a text that fosters curiosity and further research. Some names are inconsistently spelled, which may lead to confusion, but overall, this browser proves intriguing. Ind. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.   See also... Eyewitness Activity Files: Ancient Greece. (Teacher Resources)




Pearson, Anne.  What Do We Know about the Greeks?  Peter Bedrick, 1992.  

ISBN: 0872263568 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Snippets of information survey (the ancient Greek)...outlining their history, religions, and sociology in a two-page format. Each page contains excellent color photographs and average sketches. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  

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Philip, Neil. The Adventures of Odysseus. Orchard, 1997.  

ISBN: 0531300005 (hardcover)

This version of the Homeric tale is both faithful to the original story and accessible to a young audience. Philip's descriptive prose retains an epic feel as the text relates Odysseus's adventure‑filled journey home after the Trojan War.


Philip, Neil.  King Midas.  Little Brown, 1994.  (Out-of-print)

Distinctively beautiful illustrations using gold foil illumination highlight a rich new retelling of the classic tale of the greedy King Midas and his golden touch.


Philip, Neil.  Mythology (Eyewitness Books).  Knopf, 1999.

ISBN: 0789466279 (hardcover)

From the mighty Zeus of Ancient Greece to the trickster Coyote of Native America, a host legendary icons spring to life in this comprehensive overview of world mythology. With a cultural and topical approach, Mythology examines the various interpretations of phenomena such as creation, afterlife, deities, and heroes from the Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Native American, Asian, Celtic, African, Maya, Inca, and Hindu traditions. Stunning color photographs and a rich array of artifacts and renderings highlight the influence of mythology on the arts and world religions.  


Powell, Anton.  Ancient Greece (Cultural Atlas for Young People). Checkmark Books, 1989.

ISBN: 081601972X (hardcover)

A rich introduction to the first great civilization of the Western world in which youngsters meet such elements as: the siege of Troy; the Persian Wars; The ancient Olympic Games; Delphi and the oracle of Apollo; the gods of Mount Olympus; and more.




Powell, Anton.  The Greek News.  Candlewick, 1999.  

ISBN: 0763603406 (paperback)
ISBN: 1564028747 (hardcover)

A creative newspaper format presents the key historical events, institutions, and people of the time of the ancient Greeks, complete with advertising, letters to the editor, articles on daily life, and more.  

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Purves, Amanda.  Growing Up in Ancient Greece.  Troll, 1992.  

ISBN: 0816727201 (paperback)

Describes daily life in ancient Greece, discussing life in the city, life in the country, school, ceremonies and festivals, food, and other aspects.




Riordan, James.  The Twelve Labors of Hercules.  Millbrook Press, 1997.  

ISBN: 0761303154 (hardcover)

From Booklist

This fully illustrated, large-format book tells the life story of Hercules, concentrating on the 12 tasks he performed for King Eurystheus. Unlike other recent books on the Greek hero, this account does not ignore or merely list some of the adventures, but devotes a chapter to each of the feats, known collectively as the 12 labors of Hercules. Colorful and quite stylized, the illustrations are decorative and at times dramatic, if rather cold. They tend to disengage readers' sympathies from Hercules, while the text has the opposite effect. A good choice for mythology collections. Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved




Rockwell, Anne.  The One-Eyed Giant and Other Monsters from the Greek Myths.  Greenwillow, 1996.  

ISBN: 0688138101 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Large full-color illustrations and decorative borders accompany simplified sketches of ten monsters, including such charmers as the Hydra, Medusa, and the Minotaur. The oversized format suggests a young audience; however, the presentation tends to trivialize rather than enhance these ancient stories, an effect reinforced by grotesque and nightmarish images. Source notes and a pronunciation guide are included. -- Copyright © 1996 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.




Rockwell, Anne.  The Robber Baby : Stories from the Greek Myths. Greenwillow, 1994.  

ISBN: 0688097405 (hardcover)

Here in all their majesty and magic are some of the myths about the gods and goddesses worshiped in ancient Greece and, later, Rome. This is a superbly retold collection illustrated with charm and wit, a book for readers of all ages to read, reread, and treasure.  




Ross, Stewart.  Daily Life (Ancient Greece). Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  

ISBN: 0872265994 (hardcover)


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Ross, Stewart.  Greek Theater (Ancient Greece).  Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  

ISBN: 0872265978 (hardcover)





Ross, Stewart.  The Original Olympics (Ancient Greece).  Peter Bedrick Books, 1999.  

ISBN: 087226596X (hardcover)






Russell, William.  Classic Myths to Read Aloud.  Crown, 1992.  

ISBN: 0517588374 (paperback)

The most complete collection of Greek and Roman myths specially arranged to be read aloud to children aged five to twelve. "Every child deserves this book. Those who do the reading aloud will be enlightened and rewarded, too."--Edwin Newman


Schuter, Jane.  Builders, Traders, and Craftsmen.  Heinemann, 1998.  

Schuter, Jane.  Cities and Citizens. Heinemann, 1998.  

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Schuter, Jane.  Discoveries, Inventions, and Ideas.  Heinemann, 1998.

Schuter, Jane.  Farmers and Fighters.  Heinemann, 1998.

From Horn Book

Double-page spreads containing illustrations, photos of artifacts, and boxed quotes from ancient Greek writers address particular topics (Sparta, land battle, etc.) In simple declarative sentences that become monotonous.  Discoveries and Farmers are more focused, but the information is too general.-- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




Scieszka, Jon.  It's All Greek to Me (Time Warp Trio, 8).  Viking 1999.  

ISBN: 0670885967 (hardcover)

Joe, Fred, and Sam are rehearsing a school play about Greek myths when their script accidentally gets slipped into The Book (the magic one, that is). Wouldn't you know it, they get warped back to Mount Olympus--and land smack dab in the middle of a family feud among gods and goddesses. Dionysus seems to love a good party, Hera admires Sam's snappy insults, and all the gods are wowed by Joe's magic tricks, but after dodging a few of Zeus's thunderbolts, the boys know they'd better get home before their odyssey turns into a Greek tragedy...




Schofield, Louise.  Ancient Greece.  The Nature Company Discoveries Library, 1997.  

ISBN: 078354801X (hardcover)

From the earliest settlements to the fall of the great Hellenic Empire, here are the cultures, the battles, the lifestyles and legacies of one of the world's greatest civilizations. Featuring the latest scientific and archaeological findings and research, each volume in this series is dramatically designed and illustrated to spark the curiosity of young readers.  


Schomp, Virginia.  Cultures of the Past: Ancient Greeks.  Benchmark Books, 1996.

ISBN: 0761400702 (hardcover)




Spinner, Stephanie.  Snake Hair: The Story of Medusa.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1999.  

ISBN: 0448419815 (paperback)
ISBN: 044842049X (hardcover)

Recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquishes the serpent-haired Medusa whose gaze turned people to stone.


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Steele, Philip.  Clothes & Crafts in Ancient Greece.  Silver Burdett, 1998.

ISBN: 0382397010 (hardcover)




Stewig, John Warren.  King Midas. Holiday House, 1999.  

ISBN: 082341423X (hardcover)

From Kirkus Reviews

A polished, poignant retelling of a familiar legend and its worthy moral, that some things in life are worth more than their weight in gold. Greed drives King Midas when a mysterious stranger decides to grant his wish for a golden touch; too late the king realizes that everything he touches roses, bed sheets, food, coffee, his beloved daughter turns to cold yellow metal. By the time the stranger reappears, Midas is more than ready to return his gift. Rayyan's illustrations create a rich, busy background for the events; harpies, sphinxes, and satyrs scurry around, while careful observers will spot Icarus plunging toward the earth at the same moment that Midas transforms his daughter, Marygold. Such wonderful details bind the art and the text with perfect alacrity, ensuring that this book will not be long on the shelves.--Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.




Strachan, Ian.  The Illiad.  Kingfisher Book, 1997.  

ISBN: 0753451077 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

From the goddesses' dispute over the golden apple to the defeat of Troy by means of the giant wooden horse, this volume presents the story of the Trojan War through lively artwork and engrossing text. Strachan focuses on the characters but describes the action in detail. Faithful to the original story, the book provides a solid introduction to the epic Greek myth. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




Sutcliff, Rosemary.  Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad.   Delacorte, 1993.  

ISBN: 0385310692 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Sutcliff's masterful retelling of Homer's epic poem is profusely illustrated with fine, though sometimes violent, color paintings in a large, handsome volume. --Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.  




Sutcliff, Rosemary.  The Wanderings of Odysseus : The Story of the Odyssey. Delacorte Press, 1996.  

ISBN: 0385322054 (hardcover)

This companion to Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy continues her exploration of Homer's Odyssey: the retold dramatic stories, paired with Alan Lee's dramatic color illustrations, hold the potential to appeal to a wide age range. Here King Odysseus' return voyage brings him in direct confrontation with Cyclops, Circe, and other dangers before an unusual 'welcome home' awaits him.


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Tames, Richard.  Step into Ancient Greece (The Step into Series).  Anness Pub Ltd, 1999.

ISBN: 1859679161 (hardcover)



Vautier, Ghislaine.  The Shining Stars: Greek Legends of the Constellations.  Cambridge University Press, 1989.


ISBN: 0521379148 (paperback)

Presents Greek legends connected with each of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  




Vinge, Joan.  The Random House Book of Greek Myths.  Random House, 1999.  

ISBN: 0679823778 (hardcover)



Waldherr, Kris.  Persephone and the Pomegranate.  Dial, 1993.

ISBN: 0803711921 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Lavish, haunting oil paintings set off the Greek myth. The illustrations, along with the simple, straightforward retelling, make the book a good choice for sharing with groups. -- Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.




Walker, Paul Robert.  Giants!: Stories from Around the World.  “Cyclops”, page 35.  Harcourt Brace, 1995.  

ISBN: 0152008837 (hardcover)

From Booklist

In this companion to Big Men, Big Country: A Collection of American Tall Tales (1993), Walker presents seven classic giant stories. His choices, both familiar ("Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Cyclops," and "David and Goliath" ) and lesser-known ("Kana the Stretching Wonder," "Coyote and the Giant Sisters," "The Cannibal's Wonderful Bird," and "The Giant Who Had No Heart" ) hail from Europe, Africa, North America, the Middle East, and the Pacific. Walker has researched the better-known variants of each tale; his own retellings represent composites of several versions. Each story is appended with source notes that will be of interest to children as well as adults, and a bibliography of original editions. Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved  

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Wells, Rosemary.  Max and Ruby’s Pandora’s Box??, Dial. 


Wells, Rosemary.  Max and Ruby’s Midas: Another Greek Myth.  Dial, 1995.

ISBN: 0803717822 (hardcover)

From Horn Book

Scandalized by Max's snitching cupcakes for late-night consumption, Ruby reads him a story about someone whose sweet tooth got out of control, invoking the classic tale of King Midas. Ruby's story contains a few essential departures -- her Midas develops laser eyes that turn his food into delicious sweets. The appealing illustrations demonstrate Wells's ability to convey any emotion in a few simple lines. -- Copyright © 1995 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.


Williams, Marcia.  Greek Myths for Young Children.  Candlewick, 1995.

ISBN: 1564024407 (paperback)

Retells eight of the best-known Greek myths, including "Pandora's Box," "The Twelve Tasks of Heracles," "Theseus and the Minotaur," and others, using simple language and a comic strip format.


Williams, Marcia.  The Iliad and the Odyssey.  Candlewick, 1998.

ISBN: 0763606448 (paperback)

Williams retells and heavily illustrates this classic myth, using a comic strip style to present the story to young audiences and providing a retelling which holds to original tales, yet adds humor and insights for young audiences. The result looks like a leisure browse but succeeds in imparting an important story to newcomers.


Williams, Susan.  The Greeks (Look into the Past).  Thomson Learning, 1993.

ISBN: 1568470592 (hardcover)

Examines the language, social life, religion, culture, and warfare of the ancient Greeks.


Woff, Richard.  Bright-Eyed Athena : Stories from Ancient Greece.  J Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

ISBN: 0892365587 (hardcover)

Next stop ancient Athens.  Visit with two weavers as they labor at their looms and recount the fascinating tales of the beautiful and fearless Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. Statues, gems, and pottery fragments from the Getty and other museums illustrate eight famous and lesser-known Greek myths and legends.  

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Yolen, Jane.  Pegasus : The Flying Horse.  Dutton Books, 1998.

ISBN: 0525652442 (hardcover)

Yolen weaves a powerful tale of adventure and daring. Son of Poseidon and a mortal woman, Bellerophon tames the miraculous winged horse, Pegasus; slays the hideous three-headed Chimaera, and marries a beautiful princess. However, the young man meets his downfall when he tries to claim a place among the gods in Valhalla, angering Zeus with his overreaching pride. Li Ming's oil paintings bring the world of these haunting and timeless figures of mythology to life, filling each page with high drama and carefully rendered portraits of monsters and gods. Perfect for reading out loud.




Yolen, Jane.  Wings.  Harcourt Brace, 1997.

ISBN: 0152015671 (paperback)

As important as it is to aim high, ancient mythology reminds us that we must never confuse ourselves with the gods. Only disaster can come of showing too much skill at godly pursuits like creating-- or flying. But poor old Daedalus just can't get past his aspirations to fly.


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Baker, Lucy.  World Book Presents: Greece.  Random House Merchandising, 1999.   

ISBN: 0716672340 (Book and CD Rom)

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Teacher Resources




Carlson, Laurie.  Classical Kids : An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome. Chicago Review Press, 1998.  

ISBN: 1556522908 (paperback) 

Travel back in time to see what life was like in ancient Greece and Rome while having fun with such hands-on activities as making a star gazer, chiseling a clay tablet, weaving Roman sandals, and making a Greek mosaic.  



Eyewitness Activity Files: Ancient Greece.  
DK Publishing, 1999.  


ISBN: 0789442752 (paperback)

Eyewitness Activity Files are action-packed folders bursting with posters, documents, replicas, transcripts, photos, and eyewitness accounts that bring each subject vividly to life. It's an exciting new concept that teaches children important research techniques. Everything you need for a school research project is packed inside.




Hart, Avery and Paul Mantell.  Ancient Greece: 40 Hands-on Activities to this Wondrous Age.  Williamson Publishing, 1999.


ISBN: 1885593252 (paperback)




Honan, Linda.  Spend the Day in Ancient Greece : Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Life (Spend the Days Series). John Wiley & Sons, 1998.  

ISBN: 0471154547 (paperback)




Villios, Lynne. Cooking the Greek Way.  Lerner Publications Company, 1989.

ISBN: 0822509105 (hardcover)

Recipes for authentic Greek foods such as dolmades, baklava, and spinach pie, plus several other recipes for main dishes, appetizers, and desserts.


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