Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mythologically Speaking...

Posted by Bethany at June 21, 2011
Happy Tuesday All,

Raise your hands if you like Greek and/or Roman Mythology! *raises hand and waves it*

I first was exposed to Greek and Roman Mythology when I was in Middle School. I was homeschooled at the time by my parents (5th through 8th grades).

We listened to a dramatization on tape (yeah, this was back before CD players were the norm) of the Odyessy, Agamemnon and of Socrates death. I read about the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses (essentially the Greeks and Romans had the same sorts, just different names and the Roman ones tend to be fiercer, which is actually saying something considering how tempramental the Greek ones could be). 

My favorite myth is Cupid & Psyche (yes, I have a romantic heart). I've read a couple of re-tellings of this story: 

Cupid by Julius Lester (pretty close to the original myth, mostly from Cupid's point of view)

Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors (offers a different pespective and told from a third party's point of view).

Aphrodite's Blessing by Clemence McLaren (it also includes other retellings)

I've also read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books and the first book in Heroes Of Olympus, The Lost Hero. (Heroes Of Olympus comes after the Percy Jackson series and it has some of the characters from his previous series).

Do you like mythology? What's your favorite one?

Have A Terffic Tuesday!


jeff7salter on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 said...

I found myself confused about mythology. As a school kid, I thought there was only one 'version' so when I later encountered diff. names for some of the same kinds of gods, I was thrown. Still confused.
but to answer your question, I like some of the Greek gods and goddesses, some of the Norse, and some of the Roman.
But I wish somebody would line them all up and cross reference them ...and then tell their 'stories' with a single name.
For example: Zeus = Odin = whoever.

Bethany on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 said...


In a way Rick Riordan sort of does that with his new series. In the first book he has, I think Hera (as her Roman personality, Juno) appearing to the new characters and Annabeth (Annabeth appears in the "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" series) and explains that in their Roman form they look a little different and are less docile.

Rick Riordan's website has a part where he has a list of the gods and goddess and their Greek and Roman names: http://www.rickriordan.com/my-books/percy-jackson/explore-mythology/greek-gods.aspx

Thank you for dropping by Jeff :-)

jeff7salter on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 said...

cool. I'll check out Rick's site later. Thanks.

Bethany on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 said...


No problem! Glad I could help :-)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy mythology.My grandson insisted on Borrowing "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" because he had seen it and wanted me to see it with him.It was teen-hero, modern-day version of the Odyssey, withthe Greek gods intact. You can't beat the scenery of the "Odyssey" starring Armand Assante...and the Greek islands are beautiful, too!!!LOL!!!
I don't know which Greek/Roman/Norse stories I 'like' best but I feel like I identify with Cassandra...no one ever listens to my warnings, either!

Bethany on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 said...


Too cool! Yeah, "Percy Jackson" series totally rocks. "Heroes Of Olympus" promises to be a really good follow up to the "Percy Jackson" books. Thanks for dropping by :-)


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