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Accessible, fast-paced retellings of the most important classical Greek and Roman myths, adapted for middle graders.

Ancient myths continue to have modern relevance—for thousands of years they have been the basis for plays, operas, paintings, and movies. And in these retellings from acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, classic tales from Greek and Roman mythology find new life and inspire aspiring writers, artists, and musicians. Adapted from the lengthier Oh My Gods and specially tailored to a younger audience, these irresistible stories of philandering gods, flawed heroes, and tragic lovers portray the fundamental aspects of humanity and are filled with entertaining drama and valuable insights. Sixty dramatic illustrations enliven the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442417304
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 867,137
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Philip Freeman is Qualley Professor of Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a former professor of classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was selected as a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton for January 2012. He earned the first joint Ph.D. in classics and Celtic studies from Harvard University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. The author of several previous books including Alexander the Great, St. Patrick of Ireland and Julius Caesar, he lives with his family in Decorah, Iowa. Visit him at

Laurie Calkhoven is the author of many books, including George Washington: An American Life and Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom. She lives in New York City. Visit her at

Drew Willis is an art director and illustrator working in New York City. Visit him at

Read an Excerpt


I love stories about ancient gods and heroes. Magical stories set in strange and ancient worlds were my favorite bedtime reading when I was young, and they still are today. What could be better than Zeus wielding his mighty thunderbolt or Hercules slaying monsters?

When we use the word “myth” today, we usually mean a story that isn’t true. The ancient Greeks used the word “mythos” to mean anything spoken—tales told by great bards and poets in story and song. The Greek and Roman myths were traditional tales that held important meanings, whether they were true or not.

The Greeks had their own stories, but they were also a people of the wine-dark sea. Everywhere Greek colonists settled, the stories of their gods and heroes flourished. They were quick to adopt new tales, and stories flowed into Greece from places like Asia Minor, the Nile valley, and Mesopotamia. When Phoenician traders introduced their alphabet to the area around the Aegean Sea, the Greeks adapted the symbols to their own language and began to write their stories down.

Sometime around the year 750 BC, a poet named Homer recorded the greatest of all the Greek stories: the story of the Trojan War. Others wrote down other tales as well, and throughout Greece, festivals were devoted to tragedies and comedies about the gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters of ancient times.

Far to the west, a small village on the banks of the Tiber River in Italy had begun to expand beyond its seven hills. The Romans inherited a rich mythology from their own ancestors, but they added many of the Greek stories and made them their own. As Rome grew and its power extended across the Mediterranean and beyond, the Romans spread the ancient myths throughout their empire.

In this book you’ll find modern retellings of all the major Greek and Roman myths. These stories are so full of beauty and magic and disturbing twists that today’s readers can still find truths in the ancient tales.

May you never lose your love for old stories.

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Heroes of Olympus 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will you all SHUT THE HELL UP. This is not a chat room. This book has nothing related to demigods. Stop giving this one star just because it's in the same category when you search heroes of olympus. You haven't read the damn book, sheesh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can tell that every rick riordan dicksuck comment on these reviews are made by children who cant even form proper sentences
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very descriptive and i love how it doesnt seem like a childs book, i believe that even adults could read this book! I dont see why anyone who loves greek mythology woukdnt like this amazing book.
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HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!!! it's the best Greek Mythology book i have and that's saying A LOT!!!!! hehe anyway it was a REALLY good book would defiantly recommend it to ANYONE who either wants to get in to Greek Mythology or just wants a good Greek Mythology book :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has a graphic ass rape, forced diarreah eating scene .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book stinks and if you want a good greek/roman myth book get them from Rick Riordan. This book is terrible compared to Ricks books. RICK IS BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Who reads this horrible crap?this is not an entertaining.:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just brilliant.
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I havent even reaf this and it seens like a total rip off of percy jackson, and i am not one ti judge by covers
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Ball sucker
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Wste of money and i would never read this vook if i knew it was just this bad
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This is Pst laaaaaaaaaaaaaa :( ;(
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I am like so in love with greek gods thst you have to read theis book i would of gieave a six or 7
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Retards better and funnier. You can find him on the mark of athena reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the greek gods
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great retelling of beutiful stories of ancient greece and anyone who says riordan is better for writing stories loosly based on this they obviously never read original myths ( this is coming from a riordan fan) bithes