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Henry Lion Oldie

A Hero Must Be Alone [Герой должен быть один]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Hercules, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the original myth is thoroughly transformed in order to emphasize topics and motives relevant for contemporary youth culture. At the beginning of the book we learn that Zeus has a special plan for his newly-conceived child from Alcmene and that this plan is a matter of serious disagreement in the family of gods (or “the Family”, as it is called throughout whole Ach(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: Russia


John Bankston

A Kid’s Guide to Mythology (Series): Hercules

This book is part of a series of eight on different Greek deities. It tells the story of Hercules, half man, half god who with his god-given strength was able to overcome great obstacles. However, he was not able to overcome the greatest internal obstacle of his own anger. Starting with the episode of Hercules’ cattle being stolen, Bankston launches into a discussion of myth and the place of the myth of Hercules in the ancient world. Each chapter contains selections of the myth with other (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

The text includes retellings of six classical myths: The Gorgon’s Head (Perseus and Medusa), The Golden Touch (King Midas), The Paradise of Children (Pandora), The Three Golden Apples (Heracles obtaining the golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides), The Miraculous Pitcher (Baucis and Philemon), and The Chimaera (Bellerophon). The stories are united by a contemporary frame narrative set at Tanglewood, an Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. The text’s internal narrator is Eus(...)

literary

YEAR: 1852

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nikos Kazantzakis

Alexander the Great (In the Time of Alexander the Great)[Μέγας Αλέξανδρος (Στα χρόνια του Μεγαλέξανδρου)]

The novel covers Alexander the Great’s life, beginning with his famous taming of the wild horse Bucephalas at fifteen and ending with his death in Babylon in 323 BCE. The novel focuses primarily on Alexander’s twin ambitions, to unite Greece and to conquer Asia and how he made them a reality. He shared these aspirations with his father Philip II of Macedon, who is an important character in the early part of the book. This covers Alexander’s early life at his father’s cour(...)

literary

YEAR: 1978 (1940-1941)

COUNTRY: Greece


Jamila Gavin, David Parkins

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster?

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster? introduces young readers to ancient history via biography. The birth to death format follows the traditions of biography, while the narrative also moves forward and backwards in parts, with the narrator recalling previous events or anticipating events that will occur later. The story is punctuated by mythic tales which are introduced as if being told to soldiers in the story. These embedded myths are well chosen to reflect what is happening in the main(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Michael Townsend

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Greek Mythology

This book contains nine mythological tales written in comic form. First there is a brief introduction of various creatures of Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops, centaurs, Satyrs, Nymphs Pegasus but also made-for laugh ones such as a fairy goat or Mer-Donkey. There is an emphasis on the natural world of ancient Greece, where there was no technology, and on monsters, heroes and gods. The Olympian gods are mentioned, with the exclusion of Hephaestus and Ares, although Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Amanda Brack, Monica Sweeney, Becky Thomas

Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

This is a retelling of many mythological stories using the creative imagination of the authors, using Lego© bricks. The myths are especially adapted for children. The myths presented in this book are:Creation and the Birth of Zeus Prometheus’s Fire and Pandora’s Box Phaethon and the Chariot of the Sun Hades, Persephone, and the Story of the Seasons Eurydice and Orpheus Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens, Arachne’s Web Perseus’s Quest Perseus and Medusa Pe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles. Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Greece, moving from Athens to Delphi to Samothrace (Samothraki). It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brend(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: Australia


Gerald Vinestock, G. William

Crib and the Labours of Hercules

Crib (short for Christabel) is a 10 year old clever and tomboyish girl, who has gone with her parents to visit relatives in Greece. While she stays with her uncle and aunt and looks after their horses, she hears on the news that strange phenomena are occurring: all the fierce monsters whom the legendary Hercules had vanquished eons ago, have suddenly returned to life and are hurting the local people. The government is desperate for a new Hercules to save the day. Crib’s uncle, Jonathan, a (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Andrey Valentinov

Diomedes The Son of Tydeus. Book 1: I Won’t Return [Диомед, сын Тидея. Книга первая: Я не вернусь]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Diomedes, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the novel is reframing and reinterpretation of the myths of Seven against Thebes and Epigones, as well as other events from the life of Diomedes before the Trojan War. Diomedes, the son of Tydeus the Unforgiven, was born in exile. His father owes his unfortunate nickname and his status of exile to kindred killing performed by him in the state of madness. Diomedes himself exper(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Russia


Andrey Valentinov

Diomedes The Son of Tydeus. Book 2: Someone Else Will Return [Диомед, сын Тидея. Книга вторая: Вернусь не я]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Diomedes, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the novel is reframing and reinterpretation of Iliad and Odyssey. The second part of Valentinov’s novel on Diomedes is dedicated to the exploits of the hero during the Trojan War and subsequent events.Diomedes has enough knowledge and experience to understand that the beginning of war between the West and the East on Troad plain would be suicidal: if Trojans call for help fro(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Russia


Imogen Greenberg , Isabel Greenberg

Discover… (Series): The Ancient Greeks

Discover...  began in 2016. It is part of a series offering a light-hearted introduction to a range of ancient cultures, including The Roman Empire, The Ancient Aztecs, and The Ancient Egyptians.Discover... The Ancient Greeks opens with the stated intention of exploring who the ancient Greeks really were. The book is divided into 2-page sub-sections, each discussing a different aspect of ancient Greek culture.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


​Bob Baker, ​Dave Martin , ​Anthony Read , Norman Stewart

Doctor Who (Series, Season 15): Underworld

‘Underworld’ was typical of mid-1970s Doctor Who (1963-1989; 2005-present), in what is still regarded as its most successful period. Scripts in the era of the Fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker) – with his enormous, multi-coloured scarf, and the ability to switch between high comedy and serious drama – delved regularly into mythological, historical, and literary themes that were already well-known to the family audiences. These were often transposed from their original, E(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Douglas Adams, ​Bob Baker, Nick Hurran , Peter Ling, David Maloney, ​Dave Martin , Kenny McBain, Steven Moffat, ​Anthony Read , Derrick Sherwin, Norman Stewart , ​Toby Whithouse

Doctor Who's Labyrinth Themed Episodes (Series, Seasons 6,15,17): The Mind Robber / Underworld / The Horns of Nimon / The God Complex

The myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur has been a fixture of the children’s TV sci-fi/drama series Doctor Who since the 1960s. The familiarity of school-aged children with this myth was doubly-ensured by the persistent emphasis on the Classics in British education (particularly in the middle-class context) well into the last decades of the 20th century. As well as featuring in ‘The Time Monster’ (1972) – starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor – the theme (...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ingri and Edggar, Per Ola and Nils M. P. D’Aulaires

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

This is a revised edition of a 1962 book. The writing and illustrations appear to be the same as in the original. The book covers mainly the genealogy and myths related to the Olympian gods, adapted for children (Gaia “falls in love with Uranus”, Zeus “marries” mortals etc.). It is a very detailed book that covers a large and varied range of stories, relating to the gods and mortals. It gives a description of the different traits of the gods as well as individual myths ab(...)

literary

YEAR: 1962

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Colm Lawton , Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Theseus

Theseus is part of a series of storybook myths aimed at very young readers. Each two-page spread combines a full-page illustration and a page of text. The text is presented in an informal style, in a Comic Sans-like font, while the illustrations present the characters as wide-eyed and childlike. The story begins with an introduction to Theseus, including the information that ion that he grew up without his father. We learn that Theseus eventually became strong enough to lift the rock that covere(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 3): Hercules

In this choose-your-own-path book, the reader is Hercules. Hercules joins the voyage of the Argo and needs to help Jason makes decision and later find his lost friend, Hylas while facing various adventures and overcoming obstacles.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 5): Athena

In this choose-your-own-path, the reader is Athena. Athena is punished by the gods because she helped Odysseus evade Hera’s traps. Hera and Poseidon would like to avenge these acts by punishing Athena and stripping her of her divine powers. Athena now becomes a mortal and must face challenges before she can confront Zeus and plead for her innocence. On her way to Mt. Olympus, Athena encounters mysterious creatures and faces real danger. She is chased by the fierce hunter Orion and his hunt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jane Abbott

Elegy

Set in Kincasey, a small regional town in Victoria (Australia), this unusual novel, which starts with a prologue written as a newspaper article about a road tragedy, tackles the theme of reincarnation through the stories of a group of young people who all know each other. Some of them have known each other more than once. Using Ancient Greek myth as the base, but subverting it as well, the story is told from different points of view, swirling around the figures of Caitlin and Michael, who are th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Australia


Robert (Bob) Blaisdell, John Green

Favorite Greek Myths: In Easy-to-Read Type

This short anthology of Greek myth is divided into six chapters, with mini sub-chapters within these. 1. Gods and Titans – The stories of Kronos and Ouranos and of Zeus’ war with the Titans.The Story of Prometheus: How Prometheus stole fire and Pandora opened the box. The Story of Persephone: The abduction of Persephone. 2. Hercules – How Hercules carried out labours to become immortal. 3. Heroes and Monsters – Divided into multiple hero stor(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United States of America


SIE Santa Monica Studio

God of War III

The story revolves around Kratos, a Spartan warrior, who sets on his quest to defeat the Olympian gods – in revenge for their actions against him in the previous installments. (see the God of War and God of War II entries for more info)The game opens with Kratos’s famous words that ended God of War II: “Zeus! Your son has returned. I bring the destruction of Olympus!” The warrior marches to Olympus atop Gaia, along with her fellow Titans saved with the power of the Fates,(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 10): Pheme the Gossip

The gossip girl Pheme is the centre of this book. Pheme appeared in many of the books so far, but always as a very marginal character who only contributed gossip. Here her story is developed. As the Goddess Girl of Gossip and Rumour, Pheme sees it as her duty and job description to get into everyone’s business and report on it, often before she thinks of the consequences of her tales. She considers her gossip an art form. Pheme’s words circle in little cloud-letters from her mouth, a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 11): Persephone the Daring

In this installment, the rock star Orpheus arrives in the academy. His fan, Persephone, is persuaded to help him retrieve his loved one, Eurydice form the underworld. Orpheus and Eurydice are rock stars and Eurydice especially is characterized as a free spirit who does not care for rules and therefore gets into trouble and is trapped in the underworld. Their great love story of the duo is presented through their music, Eurydice being Orpheus’ muse.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 12): Cassandra the Lucky

Cassandra is the daughter of Trojan royally Priam and Hecuba. Along with her twin brother Helenus, she has the gift of foreseeing the future, and sell the fortunes as fortune cookies. Yet there is a problem with Cassandra’s prophecies: Prophecies no one ever believed, unfortunately, despite their truth. Instead she was widely considered to be a liar—(49-50). This was the result of a curse Apollo put on her when they were both little. Cassandra decides to send fortunes to Mount Olympu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 13): Athena the Proud

The students are traveling to King Minos’ new amusement park which includes a Labyrinth and a mechanical Minotaur. They also meet the King’s daughter Ariadne and the court’s inventor Daedalus. They are joined by Heracles’ cousin, Theseus. Athena, the heroine of this story, learns a valuable lesson about pride while Theseus learns how to be a hero.In the story we have two parallel stories; one about Athena and one about Theseus. Athena is the smartest girl at the academy; (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 15): Aphrodite the Fair

In this installment, Ares’ sister, Eris, goddess of discord, suddenly appears at his birthday party. The self-confident Ares, the envy of many other godboys, is in fact scared of his older sister who bullied him since childhood. When Eris crashes his surprise birthday party, Ares is terrified: “panic filled him. He had to get rid of his sister before she ruined everything for him here at MOA.” (p. 19). In a retelling of the judgement of Paris, Eris causes strife between the stu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 17): Amphitrite the Bubbly

In this installment, we meet a new character, Amphitrite, a mermaid who is not a regular student at MOA academy. Amphitrite is a mermaid who dreams about living on land. In this combination of mythology and “the little mermaid”, Amphitrite does not forsake her marine home for life on land, but learns to combine both. The story alternates between her narrative and Poseidon’s, and the connecting theme is identity- who you really are. Amphitrite’s sister, Thetis, is sum(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 18): Hestia the Invisible

In this installment, we meet Hestia, the goddess girl of the hearth. Hestia is extremely shy and tries to avoid speaking in class, for example. She even added hoods to her chitons so she can hide her face, calling this “her invisibility strategy” (p. 23). Hestia is extremely private. At school, “keeping her hooded head down and avoiding eye contact with anyone, she managed to ward off conversation.” (p. 29). The humans on earth have a contest to find an “MOA st(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 19): Echo the Copycat

In this installment, we meet Echo, the forest nymph (Oreiad nymph). We get a chance to be introduced to a different character from the usual goddesses from MOA. Echo loses her tree in a lightning-bolt accident, and blames Zeus by mistake. Her trip to MOA will teach her about friendship, copying and being true to one’s self. Echo finally finds out where she belongs and where she wants to be. Home is truly where your heart is.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 21): Pallas the Pal

In this installment, two stories occur simultaneously. Pallas, Athena’s best friend from Earth, arrives for a visit and sword-dancing in the Immortal Market Place. The other story revolves around the unexpected birth of Athena’s new baby sister, Hebe. While Athena is worried about her father’s affection, Pallas is worried because she accidently broke her father’s sword during her routine. She thinks, “too bad her dad didn’t have a goddessgirl like Athena for a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 22): Nyx the Mysterious

In this installment, we meet Nyx, the goddess of the night. 12 yrs old-Nyx is a loner. She lives alone in Hades, from where she ascends to the heaven to cover the world with a unique night-cape. Nyx is invited to MOA by Athena and Artemis as an “unsung hero”. She wishes to take this opportunity to educate the students and Zeus on the importance of night for relaxing and rejuvenating. She wishes to prove to them it is not frightening or alarming. She loves her job and is proud of it. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 23): Medea the Enchantress

In this installment, we meet the twelve year-old Medea, princess of Colchis. Medea’s father is very strict: “he wouldn’t let her hang out with kids he didn’t approve of.” (p. 11). While the king appears severe and controlling, he means well and just wishes to protect his only child. In this way, the authors try to explain to their readers why some parents appear stricter, namely not because they do not love their children, but quite the opposite. Nevertheless, Medea(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 5): Athena the Wise

In this installment, Athena meets the new boy in school, especially admitted by the headmaster Zeus- the boy Heracles (the Greek pronunciation is kept). The wise Athena is confronted with the brawny Heracles and the two form a strong friendship in which Athena helps Heracles in his dangerous tasks while he encourages her with her own problems. Furthermore it appears that bullying is not a problem only on earth. In the book we have two parallel main story lines; Heracles’ tasks and Athena-A(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 7): Artemis the Loyal

In this installment, fairness and accepting others are the main themes. Artemis is angered that she cannot participate in the Olympics, since girls are not allowed. She needs to overcome the prejudice against the participation of girls in sport, decided long ago by Zeus and thus break a very long tradition. She even needs to face her own brother who does not encourage her, as well as the rest of the godboys. We also get a different version of the encounter between Artemis and Actaeon. When (...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 8): Medusa the Mean

In this installment, Medusa, the mean girl of previous volumes, is the unlikely heroine. As the only mortal in school, she feels insecure and is desperate to fit in, and we are shown that, despite her spiteful behaviour, she has feelings too. Medusa hates her mortality and wishes to be like the other immortal students How she longed to be like them! (7). All she really wants to is to truly feel like she fits in, as Athena did and the other girls. Each of them wanted to feel like they belong- a v(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Super Special): The Girls Games

In this special issue, the four goddess girls, Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis and Persephone, decide to establish an all-girls Olympic Games, after girls were excluded from the regular Olympic Games. This story also shows that small ripples can make a big wave. Now even the god boys are interested in the games, as Persephone wonders, “Since when had the boys started caring so much? …. Not long ago they hadn’t even wanted the girls to have their own Games!” (pp. 205-206). The(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Avner Katz, Rakefet Zohar

Greek Mythology for Kids [Mitologya Yevanit l’yeladim מיתולוגיה יוונית לילדים]

This book is an illustrated collected edition of former individual four books previously published separately: Great Stories from the Olympus (1999); Pandora’s Box (1996); Hercules and Other Heroes (1997) and Famous Lovers (1998). The book offers various stories from the Greek mythology, about gods and heroes in an accessible language for children. The stories included in this volume are:Great Stories from the OlympusWhen the World Was CreatedThe Love Goddesses' ShellThe Revenge of the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Israel


Brandon Terrell

Greek Mythology's Twelve Labors of Hercules: A Choose Your Path Book (Can You Survive?)

This is a “choose your own path” book, in which the reader takes on the role of the hero and makes decisions and choices of action and plot development at each stage to create an interactive adventure, following instructions within the book in order to proceed. Within the framework of the story, the reader/hero of the book- referred to in the second person as “you” - while attempting to avoid a bully in the school library, hears strange noises coming from a book entitled (...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nikola Kucharska

Greek Myths for Children in Pictures [Mity greckie dla dzieci w obrazkach]

The book presents seven most popular Greek myths in a comic book style, using illustrations with almost no words. Every myth has its own two pages and can be viewed on vertically or horizontally displayed page. The myths in the book are presented chronologically, after a short summary of all seven myths at the beginning, the reader enters the world of unknown or misunderstood mythology. The first myth shows the creation of the world. The comic book style presentation leads the viewer from illust(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland


Heather Amery, Linda Edwards

Greek Myths for Young Children

This is a highly illustrated volume of myths retold for children. Contents:1. About the Greek Myths2. The Gift of Fire3. Pandora's Box4. Persephone and the Seasons5. The Story of Arachne6. The Many Tasks of Heracles (Intro, plus 12 Labours)7. Echo and Narcissus8. Daedalus and Icarus9. Bellerophon and the Flying Horse10. Jason and the Golden Fleece (Intro, Argo Sets Sail, The Harpies, The Clashing Rocks, Fire-Breathing Bulls and Dragon(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Tony Ross , Francesca Simon

Helping Hercules

Helping Hercules tells the story of a young girl named Susan who does not want to help or do chores at home. She finds a magic coin that takes her back to Ancient Greece where she becomes entangled in scenarios from Greek mythology - she has to help Hercules clean out Augeuean stables, help Orpheus get Eurydice back from Hades, help Paris choose between the goddesses, help Bellerophon capture Pegasus to find the chimera, fight Medusa, deal with Midas, and help Hercules get the apples from the Ga(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ron (Ronald) Clements, Alan Menken, John Musker, David Zippel

Hercules

Hercules tells the story of a young, incredibly strong man who learns that Zeus is his father. To get back to Olympus, he has to prove himself by finding out what it means to be a true hero, eventually by defeating Hades, the main villain of the story, who is bent on taking over the world. Although it is based on the Greek myth, it promotes mainly typically American, rather than ancient, values.(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Bernard Evslin

Hercules

This is a retelling of the myth of Hercules, aimed at young adults in novel format. The book starts with a list of characters of humans/ non humans and a short explanation of each.(...)

literary

YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY: United States of America


Geraldine McCaughrean

Hercules

The book narrates the life of Hercules, from his early youth to his tragic death and following deification (or rather becoming a constellation). Due to the subject matter and the mentions of murder and tragic deaths the book is more suitable for older children. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Robert Burleigh , Raul Colón

Hercules

This is a picture book retelling of the myth of Hercules’ descent into Hades and capture of Cerberus, aimed at children. The book starts with a list of characters, both humans and non-humans, and a short explanation of each. The book concentrates on the last and most dangerous labor of Hercules, namely his descent into Hades and abduction of Cerberus, but the author uses the opportunity to retell the rest of Hercules’ labours for his young readers as well. The overall frame(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United States of America


Shannon Eric Denton

Hercules

This is a retelling of the myth of Hercules’ 12 labours, aimed at children learning to read. The book is one of six books that form Short Tales Greek Myths series, which is aimed for children reading. The series is described in the editor’s website as “easy-to-read books to children in the hopes that they will acquire a love of reading that will last a lifetime” (https://abdobooks.com/shop/show/4995 ). So, the main purpose of the book is the educational one: to help (...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Diana Noonan , Margaret Power

Hercules

Nine-year old Sam lives with his parents in a small seaside community. His mother is expecting a baby boy, and there is much talk in the house about what to name him. Sam suggests Hercules as a name, explaining “He’s a character from Greek mythology.Our teacher’s reading us a book about him. He was clever and strong and he could take care of himself in all sorts of situations.” His parents are not interested, but Sam thinks “I thought Hercules was a good name for so(...)

literary

COUNTRY: New Zealand


Bob Layton

Hercules (Series): Full Circle

Hercules is still roaming the universe in the 24th century alone and quite distressed, looking for galactic adventures. Hercules now has a son, Arimathes, who is the king of the Andromeda galaxy. In this story Hercules is confronted and united with the son he never knew he had. His former love, Lyana, whom he met in the Prince of Power series, is now back, bent on vengeance for his abandonment of her. She is a cunning and manipulative woman who wishes to turn the son against the father (in a way(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Bob Layton

Hercules (Series, Book 1): Prince of Power

Hercules is the hero in a galactic setting; he has a family now which he needs to protect against all kinds of evils. Regarding the backstory, Hercules returns to Olympus and starts acting rowdily, as a result of which Zeus exiles him to the vast universe to learn some humility. He knew that he would be considered a god on earth and therefore sent him to roam the vast outer space. Hercules then begins his galactic adventures, even racing against a spaceship with his chariot. He changes his attir(...)

literary

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: United States of America


Anika Fajardo, Nadine Takvorian

Hercules and His 12 Labors: An Interactive Mythological Adventure

This book allows is a "choose your own adventure" book, inviting the reader to relive the twelve labors of Hercules from a first person perspective, written in the second person, of the persona of the demi-god Hercules. There are three story paths, including a total of thirty junctions at which choices can be made for the reader’s preference. The eighteen optional endings give the reader the possibility to take ownership of the Hercules story and really feel the action themselves(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Connie Collins Morgan, Herb Leonhard

Hercules on the Bayou

This book takes the Hercules mythos and places it in Louisiana, merging Cajun and Greek myth. Hercules becomes a Louisiana native, engaging in activities close to the heart of the stereotypical Louisianan lifestyle. The book forms an aetiology for many well-known Louisianan customs. Four short adventures structure the narrative. Each labor gives a basis for Cajun practices today. Instead of focusing on the twelve labours of Hercules that make up the myth in the Classical tradition, Collins (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Gary Margrove

Hercules Son of God (Series, Book 5): Deceit of the Gods

This book is written as the fourth in a series of five as an exposition of the deadly threats facing our planet in the face of the Anunnaki (“relatives of Anu, ruler of the planet Nibiru”) and their attempts to take over the Earth. The author asserts that he has written this book as a service to the public, educating all as to the apocalyptic dangers that lie ahead. The writing, using second person narrative addressed to the reader, is peppered with URLs to extra reading material, bo(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013


Tony Bradman , Steve May

Hercules the Hero

In five illustrated chapters, Bradman tells the story of Hercules the Hero. In Chapter One, Trouble with a goddess, we learn of Hercules’ unusual powers and Hera’s enmity towards him. In Chapter Two, Some interesting little jobs, Hercules tackles the Nemean Lion and the Hydra. In Chapter Three, A few busy weeks, Hercules captures the Deer With The Golden Horns and the Brutal Board and cleanses the Augean stables. He shoots down the Bronze Birds of Stymphalos, wrestles with the Great (...)

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YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Laura Geringer Bass, Peter Bollinger

Hercules the Strong Man

This is a picture book (mostly one big picture per page) with selected episodes from Hercules’ labours. There is no background for Hercules’ life; the story starts with the labours.The pictures are very colorful and there are also a few black and white illustrations. The main labour told is the search for the golden apples. Hercules needs to capture a strange entity first, referred to as “the Old One”. Then Hercules encounters Atlas. Atlas is drawn as a green, jeweled, gi(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: United States of America


Michael Souza, Jeremy Tugeau

Hercules: A Greek Myth

The book is an ELT (English language teaching) resource from a Korean company. On the company website, it is stated that: “e-future Classic Readers is a collection of classic stories carefully retold for English language learners. Each story has been specially written to preserve the voice of the original author while still keeping the stories accessible through controlled grammar and vocabulary leveling.” (see here, accessed: August 14, 2019). The book is accompanied by a downloadab(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Republic of Korea


Georges Moroz

Hercules: The Complete Myths of a Legendary Hero

The books narrate the life of Hercules from his birth, his madness, the twelve labours, his war campaigns (the Trojan War for example) and finally his death and apotheosis. The book is in novel form.(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jeff Albrecht, Gary Kwapisz, John Whitman

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Hera continually finds way to combat Hercules, and he is forced to confront different challenges and enemies thrown his way. The book has three “scrolls” (chapters) that tell of different encounters. Each story is the novelization of a made-for-TV movie or movie-length episodes from the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The first scroll is Hercules and the Amazon Women in which Hercules saves the men of a village from “creatures” that are actually women from the(...)

literary

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S00 - Season Zero)

Title of the Works: Hercules: the Legendary Journeys – Hercules and the Amazon WomenHercules: the Legendary Journeys – Hercules and the Lost KingdomHercules: the Legendary Journeys – Hercules and the Circle of FireHercules: the Legendary Journeys – Hercules in the UnderworldHercules: the Legendary Journeys – Hercules in the Maze of the MinotaurThe Hercules: The Legendary Journeys franchise, starring Kevin Sorbo in the titular role, is best known for the te(...)

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YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E01): Hercules and the Amazon Women

The narrative of Hercules and the Amazon Women is loosely based on Hercules’ labour to get the belt of the Amazon Queen Hippolyta. The film opens with Hercules and his companion Iolaus walking through the woods where they encounter a young girl who then transforms into the Hydra. In adherence with general mythological tradition, the pair defeat the beast by using fire to burn the stumps of the monster’s head(s), preventing new ones from sprouting. Once the Hydra is slain, a peac(...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E02): Hercules and the Lost Kingdom

This film’s narrative finds little direct precedent within ancient mythology but draws upon several identifiable themes/tropes for inspiration. After successfully saving a village from a giant, Hercules is approached by a messenger who asks for the hero’s help: his people have been forced out of their home-town, the “lost kingdom” of Troy. Zeus reveals that Hera caused the disappearance of Troy and, in order to find it, Hercules requires the “true compass”. &n(...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United Kingdom


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E03): Hercules and the Circle of Fire

This film takes inspiration from several mythological themes, such as Prometheus providing fire for mankind and the wounding of Chiron (with Hydra blood) by Hercules, and combines these into a largely unique narrative. The film opens with Hercules, plagued with premonitions that the world will be covered in ice, on a quest to defeat a witch who has (apparently) been sapping the life force of the local men. Hercules follows a young man into the witch’s cave but becomes suspicious that (...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E04): Hercules in the Underworld

This narrative is based loosely on a combination of several known mythological tales: the rape of Deianeira by Nessus, the labour of Hercules capturing Cerberus in the underworld, the death of Hercules and Orpheus’ catabasis. The film begins in an undisclosed village where the ground opens up to create an eerie fissure from out of which a strange green light and mist emerge, destroying all who come into contact with it. Meanwhile, in Hercules’ own village, the hero is forced out of &(...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S00E05): Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur

This final pilot-movie is essentially a collection of clips from the previous four films loosely grouped together by an overarching narrative which appropriates the figure of the Minotaur into the adventures of Hercules. Hercules has now retired from “heroism” and is focused on settling down with his family for an ordinary life. Upon witnessing his sons fighting, Hercules explains that fighting should only be done to help other people, telling them the story of Eryx the boxer (from H(...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (Series, S02E01, S02E24)

The second season of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys utilizes the same basic structure as the first season (see relevant entry) but builds upon the momentum of the franchises’ popularity to expand the number of episodes to almost double that of the first season (13 and 22, respectively). Each episode is self-contained and depicts Hercules and his companion, Iolaus, embarking upon a quest to defeat a villain/bad-guy and/or to resolve an issue of injustice that plagues a town/village. (...)

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COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Mark Hess, Kathryn Lasky

Hercules: The Man, the Myth, the Hero

This of Hercules begins with his birth as “Palaemon” and Hera’s initial attempt on his life by sending the two serpents to his cradle. After accidentally killing his teacher, Palaemon’s mother sends him away. Although he thinks of himself as a monster, Palaemon goes on to make quite a name for himself as a strong warrior, not a monster, and was very happy until Hera tricks him into killing his family. This is when he becomes “Hercules”, Hera’s glory, and(...)

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YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Steve Kurth , Barbara Schulz, Paul D. Storrie

Hercules: The Twelve Labors

This is a graphic novel retelling of the myth of Hercules from his youth to after the labours. It includes glossary, index and further reading. There are only 4 panels devoted to Hercules’ youth and then we are told that as a grown man Hercules was told by the oracle of Delphi (which was manipulated by Hera) to serve King Eurystheus. Unsurprisingly, there is no mention of the murders he committed, this being a children’s story. All the 12 labours are then portrayed and we also meet p(...)

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YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States of America


Linda Cavallini, Alex Frith

Hercules: The World's Strongest Man

This is a retelling of the story of Hercules aimed to encourage reading; the story was developed at the University of Roehampton with consultation with Alison Kelly, Senior Lecturer. The story follows Hercules after he kills his family and on his 12 labors, until he is forgiven by the gods. At the end we have a short summary of how Hera tried to kill Hercules as an infant and how he joined the Argonauts.(...)

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YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Bob Layton, Ronald Ron Lim

Hercules: Twilight of a God (Series, Books 1-4)

In these 4 volumes of the comic book series, Hercules has been the champion of the Andromeda galaxy for over 75 years, together with his son and grandchildren. It is a part of the larger Marvel universe. The mythical hero is again placed in a sci-fi environment. It continues his adventures from the Prince of Power series and there are recurring characters. It seems that his comic book version is a kind of stereotypical cliché of the strong man without too many brains. In this retelling he(...)

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YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Ryan Madison

Hercules’ First Six Tasks: Short Stories Teens to Young Adult

In this installment we have a part of Hercules’ adventures mixed with other historical figures such as Alexander the great. There is no decisive chronological development for the narrative. Hercules receives different tasks from Zeus and on the way he meets all kind of people, such as the mysterious King Phillip, the king of his home-land; he also meets Helen and Alexander, and Oedipus’ family.(...)

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YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Australia


Tom Kindley

Heroes of the Night Sky. The Greek Myths Behind the Constellations

This is a collection of myths told for teenagers, with emphasis on stylised illustration, constellation name aetiologies, and some moral lessons. The myths included are:Ursa Major (The Great Bear)PegasusAndromedaHerculesLyre (The Lyre)Corona Borealis (Northern Crown)Orion and ScorpiusCorvus (The Crow)Centaurus (The Centaur)Ophiucus (The Serpent Bearer)(...)

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YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 1): Here Comes Hercules!

This is book 1 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. In this book we meet our protagonist, Tim Baker. We are initially informed that Tim’s mother works long hours to provide for her family, so he needs to help with the housework. While cleaning, Tim accidentally breaks a large Greek vase, decorated with a s(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 2): Hera’s Terrible Trap!

This is book 2 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. In the first book of the series, Tim Baker, our hero, discovered the mythological Hercules was trapped in an old vase Tim had at home. He also discovered that it was Hera, who locked Hercules there since she was jealous of his beautiful mother. In this book, Ti(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 3): Arachne Golden Gloves

This is book 3 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is a series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. Tim Baker, the school-child hero of the book is doing the housework since his mother is busy with her jobs. He catches a spider, and is very interested in it. Yet his mother is afraid of it. Tim decides not to kill the animal but rather set it free outside. H(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 4): Problem with Pythagoras

This is book 4 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is a series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes. Our hero, Tim Baker, faces two difficult problems. The first- a failing math test. The other- his mother's new boyfriend who happens to be a teacher from his school, Larry Green. Tim is dumbfounded and is not sure how to react to this awkward situation. H(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nick Roberts, Stella Tarakson

Hopeless Heroes (Series, Book 5): Apollo's Mystic Message

This is book 5 in the Hopeless Heroes series. This is series of portal-fantasy adventures in which a timid boy travels to the world of ancient myth by means of a magic vase, and learns to be brave through adventures with classical heroes At the end of the previous book, Tim Baker was told by his mother's boyfriend (and his school teacher), Larry Green, that there is a vase at the British Museum which depicts an image of a modern boy holding a vase. At first, Tim is reluctant to believe it is(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ian Trevaskis

Hopscotch: Medusa Stone

Hopscotch: Medusa Stone is the story of Australian teens, Jake and Hannah, who travel from a sleepy sea-side town, “Pelican Bay,” to the world of Ancient Greek mythology, when they play a game of hopscotch, using directions from a mysterious parchment, and a magical stone (the ‘Medusa Stone’ of the title). They find themselves in the power of a games-maker, Costas the Giant, who commands them to retrieve items from the Ancient Greek heroes—Odysseus, Perseus, and Her(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Australia


Simona Bursi, Linda Cavallini, Susanna Davidson, Alex Frith , Anne Millard, Matteo Pincelli, Russell Punter, Lesley Sims , Louie Stowell

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths is a highly illustrated collection of short stories for children or young teens.Contents:The Wooden Horse: Russell Punter (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),The Minotaur: Russell Punter (Author) and Linda Cavallini (Illustrator),Bellerophon and Pegasus: Susanna Davidson (Author) and Simona Bursi (Illustrator),The Twelve Tasks of Heracles: Alex Frith (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),Perseus and the Gorgon: Lesley Sims (Author) a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Deirdre Barry, Richard Morss

I’m a Monster (Series, 52 Episodes)

2D animation series for children of pre-school age (4-8 years), about monsters from various parts of the world. In each episode of the series (duration: 2 minutes) we meet another character who presents himself to the audience (with the voice of an actor) and tells some fun facts about himself.* Most of presented characters are well-known – they come from mythology of different cultures, from literature, movies etc. The material is rich, colorful and original. In twelve episodes of th(...)

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YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Ireland


Nick Willing

Jason and the Argonauts

Zeus and Hera, looking like a young and handsome couple, peer down at mortals from heaven among the clouds. They are observing Jason’s life from the murder of his father Aeëtes by his uncle Pelias, through his childhood years spent in anonymity away from his home, his return to the King’s court, the forced expedition to seek the Golden Fleece for his uncle, his visit to and escape from the Amazons, the finding of the seer, the arrival in Colchis, Medea’s help in getting th(...)

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YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United States of America


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Jason and the Argonauts [Ο Ιάσονας και η Αργοναυτική Εκστρατεία]

Mandilaras’ narrative starts with Jason’s childhood on Mount Pelion and ends with the hero’s adventures in Colchis. Aeson, Jason’s father, entrusted the child Jason to the centaur Chiron. When he turned twenty Jason headed for Iolcus to dethrone Pelias, his uncle. At a river crossing, Jason assisted an elderly woman, who was the goddess Hera in disguise. Jason lost one sandal in the river. King Pelias was terrified when he saw Jason. He remembered an oracle that he w(...)

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COUNTRY: Greece


Robert Byrd

Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology

A lavishly produced illustrated retelling of the Jason myth, including explanatory material in boxes and footnotes. Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology retells the myth in some detail, on pages packed with text and illustrations. Summarising this book requires an entry of some length.After handsome endpapers, which show a map of the Mediterranean, and trace Jason’s journey, the first section, The Golden Fleece (pp. 1-2) opens by setting up the back-story&mdash(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Cath Senker

Ladybird Histories (Series): Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks is an educational, introduction to ancient Greek culture aimed at children aged 7+. This title is one of several titles in the Ladybird Histories series, including Kings and Queens, Tudor and Stuarts, Ancient Egyptians, The Vikings, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons. Each is written in a similarly serious tone. Through the combination of titles, the series presents the Ancient Greeks as an important non-British historical society. Ancient Greeks focuses on the Classical period, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


David Sorrow, Michael Sorrow

Learning in Motion Adventures (Series, Book 1): Heroic Hercules and the Baby Dragon

This picture book presents the story of a child, Hercules, who helps a baby dragon to return to his home. The book is aimed to make children move (jump, roll, etc.) as required by the story, hence it is a kind of interactive reading. The book opens by depicting Hercules leaning against a classical pillar and declaring, "I’m heroic Hercules. I save people. Whenever there is danger in town I’m called upon to help". The danger in this case turns out to be a baby dragon who is (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Online


Nicolas Duffaut, Hélène Montardre

Little Stories from Mythology [Petites histoires de la mythologie] (Series): Hercules' Twelve Labours [Les douze travaux d’Hercule]/ Orpheus in the Underworld [Orphée aus Enfers] / Zeus, the King of Gods [Zeus le roi des dieux]

In view of the large number of relatively short and minor books for eight-year old children signed by the author/illustrator duo Montardre & Duffaut, only three representative titles are presented in more detail.1. Hercules' Twelve LaboursHercules drinks to excess at a feast and temporarily loses his reason. Without realizing what he is doing, he takes his bow and shoots his wife Megara and his three children, then he falls asleep on the floor. When he wakes up, he is terrified and canno(...)

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YEAR: 2011 / 2013 / 2013

COUNTRY: France


Salvatore (Sal) Murdocca, Mary Pope Osborne

Magic Tree House (Series, Book 13): Vacation Under the Volcano

In the Magic Tree House books, American siblings Jack and Annie (from Pennsylvania) are sent on missions in different times and places from a magic tree house by Morgan le Fay, a benevolent fairy who is a mother figure to the children. Their task is to recover a lost story in Latin, entitled: Vir Fortissimus in Mundo. This story used to be in a library in ancient Pompeii. Morgan le Fay also provides the siblings with a book called Life in Roman Times, which, throughout their adventure, they(...)

literary

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: United States of America


Wiktor Gomulicki , Barbara Kuropiejska-Przybyszewska

Memories of the Blue School Uniform [Wspomnienia niebieskiego mundurka]

Pułtusk, a small Polish town, not far from Warsaw (part of the Polish territory under Russian rule), 1859–1864. The plot is based on autobiographical facts from the author’s school years. The main character – Witold Sprężycki, porte-parole of the author, attends a local state school where classes are overcrowded and corporal punishment is commonplace. Each chapter describes another adventure or aspect of the students’ relationship with the teachers. They excel in various (...)

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YEAR: 1906

COUNTRY: Poland


Leslie Patricelli

Mini Myths (Series): Don't Get Lost, Odysseus!

In Don’t Get Lost, Odysseus, Odysseus is a pre-school-aged child living in the modern world. The first page introduces the character with a single word – his name, while the facing page introduces his main fascination, 'Adventure', which is illustrated by the entrance to a children's play area.Odysseus and his mother are approaching a mall; she wants to go to a shop, he wants to go home. Once they are in a shop, Odysseus' attention switches to wishing to go to an enti(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Leslie Patricelli

Mini Myths (Series): Play Nice, Hercules!

The main character, 'Hercules', is a pre-school-aged child in the modern era. His father tells him to 'Play nice', but he answers that he is 'not nice. [He] is strong'. Hercules knocks over a toy monster and scatters toy soldiers. He then knocks down blocks that his little sister is playing with. Hercules is remorseful about making his sister cry. He rebuilds the pyramid of blocks. An image then suggests that his sister is about to knock them over; the story ends with the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Anita Ganeri , David West

Monster Fight Club (Series): Heroes of Myths and Legends

Monster Fight Club is a series of books written in collaboration by Anita Ganeri and David West. In this series, heroes, monsters, mythical beasts, legendary figures from around the world are pitted against one another, much as in a Dungeons and Dragons battle, or computer game. Readers are presented with some context, some facts and some figures about each pair of contestants, before they enter the ring for combat. A double-page narrative, with images of the fighting figures, sums up how the fi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 7): Get to Work, Hercules!

This is the seventh book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In this b(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 8): Go for the Gold, Atalanta!

This is the eights book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.In this bo(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 1): Pandora Gets Jealous

This is the first installment in a series of books called Mythic Misadventures that takes the classic story of Pandora’s box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist – Pandora is Prometheus’ thirteen-year-old daughter. In Pandora Gets Jealous, she brings the box Zeus had given her father to school for her annual school project. When she accidentally unleashes all the evils inside, she is tasked with recapturing them all before the entire world is ruined(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nick Harris, Nicki Palin, David Wyatt

Mythology Code Writing Kit (Ology Stationary Kit)

This is an attractive set. The purpose is for the players to create their own secret messages using the different codes. On the inside cover there is a note from John, who hopes that whoever finds this kit writes down their own adventures, and not succumb to greed as he did. The players are encouraged to use various forms of expressions for their secret messages. For example, the use of vase painting to convey ideas (there are stickers of such vases), or writing their names in the Greek alphabet(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


José Daniel Cabrera Peña, Neil Smith

Myths and Legends: Jason and the Argonauts

The book details with the quest of Jason and the Argonauts in great detail, accompanied by original paintings by the illustrator as well as maps and photos from other sources. The main story is narrated in the middle, yet there are excerpts in several chapters which illuminate other key points of the story, such as the Golden Fleece, the list of Argonauts, Jason in movies etc. This is not a fiction but rather a narration of the myth aimed at older readership. The book includes an introduction on(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom United States of America


Riccardo Francaviglia

Myths in Sicily: Thunderbolts 2 [I miti in Sicilia (vol. 2)]

This book (the second of a 2-book series) explores the Greek myths that are found in Sicily. The myths narrated in this volume are: the abduction of Persephone and the creation of the seasons; Arethusa and Alpheus; stories about Heracles: his birth and the creation of the Milky way when he bites Hera’s breast, his struggle with Erice and his tasks to bring the golden apples and Cerberus; the birth of Hephaestus; the escape of Daedalus and Icarus.The focus is on the Sicilian connections to (...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Italy


Riccardo Francaviglia

Myths in Sicily: Thunderbolts I [I miti in Sicilia (vol. 1)]

This book (the first of a 2-books series) explores the Greek myths that are found in Sicily. The myths narrated in this volume are: the creation of the world and the struggle between Titans, Gods and Giants; Odysseus in Sicily (Polyphemus, Aeolus, Scylla and Charybdis); Daphnis and Nomia; Artemis and Orion; Acis and Galatea. The focus is on the Sicilian connections to the myths (places, natural phenomena). Each story is accompanied by an illustration and also includes extra information boxe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Italy


Jimmy Palmiotti , Mark Texeira, Frank Tieri, Raul Trevino

New Labors of Hercules

This is a comic-book in which Hercules is the main protagonist in a Marvel universe occupied with other superheroes such as Captain America and the Avengers. This is the first volume in which we get to meet Hercules. In the Marvel universe Hercules is no longer the heroic figure of the past, but who a drunken mess. The book opens with a scene of a baby crushing animatronic snakes and it emerges that the setting is a new TV series about the life of the Greek hero. The new series appears to b(...)

literary

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United States of America


Henry Lion Oldie

Odysseus The Son of Laertes. Book 1: The Man of Nomos [Одиссей сын Лаэрта. Книга первая: Человек Номоса]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Odysseus, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The novel belongs to the Achaean Cycle of Oldie and Valentinov. The first book – The Man of Nomos – describes the childhood of Odysseus, and explains, how he became “the man of Nomos” – a kind of a person whose greatest value is preservation of his world rather than heroic self-sacrifice. A strange boy, able to see phantoms, ghosts and gods, small O(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: Russia


Henry Lion Oldie

Odysseus The Son of Laertes. Book 2: The Man of Kosmos [Одиссей сын Лаэрта. Книга вторая: Человек Космоса]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Odysseus, aimed at young adults, in novel format. This book, together with the first book of the same novel, belong to Oldie’s Achaean cycle. The plot of the novel is reframing and reinterpretation of Iliad and Odyssey. The Nomos of Odysseus and his friends Mentor and Diomedes breaks out into Cosmos – or, strictly speaking, into The Caldron of Cronus. The famous problem of classical epic – the absolute and relative age (...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: Russia


Lisl Weil

Of Witches and Monsters and Wondrous Creatures

In this informational picture book, Weil takes young readers on a tour of mythical creatures from around the world. She opens by explaining the role of mythical creatures as providing answers for the things that happen that cannot be explained. "Some of these creatures were good; some were bad. Some were like animals; some were like people . . . Every country, every different group of people, had their own wicked monsters and wondrous creatures that became a part of the stories that were to(...)

literary

YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 3): Hera. The Goddess and her Glory

Hera begins with a recap of the triumph of Zeus and the other Olympians over Kronos (from Zeus. King of the Gods). New aspects of the battle are shown, including Hera's participation in the fighting and her ability to command Zeus haughtily to assist her when she does not wish to put her full effort in ("Honestly, I almost broke a nail", she complains). Aspects of Zeus' seduction of Hera, seen in Athena. Grey-Eyed Goddess, are shown with Hera's perspective now supplementing(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Caroline S. Ewing , Shari Lewis

One Minute Greek Myths

This is a picture book anthology for young readers which presents key figures from classical mythology. The introduction implies the stories are meant to be read aloud to children by parents. The tone and word choice are fun, light and simple. Modern slang and pop cultural references are used to make the stories more relatable to the audience. Every chapter has one to four brightly coloured illustrations. Most chapters are two pages long, with the idea presumably being that each can be read in o(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


David M. Graham

Pandora Revisited

This fantasy novel for young readers is set in the present day. Diana, 14 years old, and her brother Jason, 9 years old, travel with their parents from the USA to Greece to the funeral of their great grandmother and the reading of her will. Diana, led by a mysterious fish, finds a box in a sea-cave and opens it. What had been placed inside the box and now have broken loose are all the ancient monsters that had pursued the humanity in ancient times. This is told to the siblings and Dmitri, their (...)

literary

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 1): Pegasus and the Flame

This is the first installment in the Pegasus series.  While the main protagonist, Emily Jacobs, is not a descendant of the gods, she is nonetheless a special Olympian deity, called “the daughter of Vesta” and “the flame of Olympus”.The main characters are Emily, a thirteen years old girl who recently lost her mother and whose police officer father works long hours; the class bully, Joel, who is interested in myths; and an Olympian thief named Paelen, who tried to ste(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 2): Pegasus and the Fight for Olympus

This is the second installment in the Pegasus series. For more on this series, see the entry on Pegasus and the Flame.After saving Olympus, our heroes, Emily, Paelen and Joel, together with Pegasus, are still nonetheless facing constant threats from the Nirads. They need to return to earth to save Emily’s father, who is being held by CRU. They are also being assisted by the charming Cupid, who causes some tension within the group. Cupid relies on his charm, yet he is an aloof Olympian(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Kate O’Hearn

Pegasus (Series, Book 3): Pegasus and the New Olympians

The story begins with an Olympian football match, suggested by the mortal Joel. During the game, when Joel is kissed by the mischievous Sphinx, Emily realizes she is jealous yet is reluctant to acknowledge her growing affection for Joel. Meanwhile Emily continues her struggle with her power. She discovers that besides the power of the flame, she might possess more mysterious powers which could make objects disappear. That is why she is afraid she might hurt her friends. Meanwhile her father acts(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Thetis Authentics Ltd.

Pinax. Gods and Heroes [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες] (Series): Heracles [Ηρακλής]

For a summary introduction to the series, please see the Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Athena [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες. Αθηνά] entry in this database.This particular pinax shows Heracles fighting the Lernaean Hydra, a scene from the Twelve Labours. There is a cardboard mount that can be used to display the pieces once the scene has been assembled.(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Robert Baxter, I. M. Richardson

Prometheus and the Story of Fire

The book claims that the origin of the characters of Greek mythology can be found in the stories of Prometheus and Pandora. The narrative begins with chaos and the appearance of Gaea and Uranus, whose first children were monsters. Siblings to these monsters were Cyclops and Titans. Gaea calls upon her Titan children to fight Uranus, who had locked the monsters underground. Cronus steps forward and succeeds in overthrowing Cronus. To make sure he remains ruler of the universe and that none of his(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: United States of America


Eric Freeberg, Diane Namm

Roman Myths

Retelling of classic Roman myths meant for ages 7-9 with one illustration per story. Following the stories, the author includes questions for discussion about each story. The stories in the book:The Oak and the Linden TreePrometheus and IoAtlas and the Eleventh Labor of HerculesRomulus and RemusEscape from TroyThe Golden BoughCupid and PsycheMinerva and ArachneOedipus and the SphinxOtus and Ephialtes(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Rory O’Connor

Rory’s Story Cubes MIX: Mythic

“Rory’s Story Cubes MIX: Mythic” is a set of 3 cubic dice (3 x 19 mm)* which are an extension to the game “Rory’s Story Cubes” (the basic version is a set of 9 cubic dice). The whole game consists of inventing/telling stories. Depending on the game mode (there are various), we roll a certain number of cubes and we select the illustration that caught our attention the most. Then, we start to create a story involving the selected icon. We can start with a formul(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Ireland


Rolan Bykov, Vladimir Zheleznikov

Scarecrow [Чучело]

The main character of the film is Lena Bessoltseva, a 6th grade pupil who comes from Moscow to a small Russian town to her grandfather Nikolai Nikolaevich. She lives with him and attends school in the town. Lena is a very open, sincere and honest person. She has a funny, clumsy look. She has long braids, a big mouth and a smile. She is very thin. Her classmates laugh at her and call her a scarecrow, “grinning like a Cheshire cat” [“Рот до ушей, хоть завязочки пришей!&rdquo(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Anthony ("Tony") Robinson, Del Thorpe

Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders (Series): Greeks

This work is a humorous introduction to the history and culture of ancient Greece. There is significant focus on classical Greece, although there is also some material on the career of Alexander the Great, followed by brief sections on the Hellenistic world and the coming of Rome. In keeping with book's title and the rest of the series of which it is a part, the representation of ancient culture focuses on things that appear eccentric, funny, cruel, or disgusting by modern Western standards.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marc Cerasini , Isidre Mones

Step Into Reading: The Twelve Labors of Hercules A Step 3 Book

This is an illustrated depiction of Hercules’ labours. The book opens with the infant Hercules and the snakes. Then we see Hercules as a young man who fights others and seeks counsel from the oracle. The book focuses on the 12 labours which also end the book. There is a depiction of each labour separately.(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Lisa Jane Gillespie , Emi Ordas

Sticker Greek Myths

Each 1 or 2-page section of Sticker Greek Myths presents a scene of figures within an ancient environment, accompanied by approximately fifty words of explanatory text. The child reader/viewer is invited to use stickers that are specific to that section to build-up the scene. The stickers typically feature clothing and accessories such as weapons and ropes, and scene-specific items such as Heracles' lion-skin cloak and the Chimera's heads.1 Mount Olympus: This section introduces the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shahrukh Husain , Bee Willey

Stories from Ancient Civilisations (Series): Stories from Ancient Civilisations: Greece

This retelling of a selection of classical myths begins with a section on the importance of myth for ancient peoples, including as a means to explain aspects of the world and to explain concepts such as deities, who, Husain writes, were taken as ‘seriously’ (p. 4) in antiquity as they are by religious people today. The author states that these stories were transmitted orally until they came to be written down, notably by Hesiod (dated here to c. 700 BCE), Homer (dated to 750-25 BCE),(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ofra Deshe-Dalman

Stories From the Greek Mythology [Sipurei Mitologia Yevanit סיפורי מיתולוגיה יוונית]

The book contains many stories from the Greek mythology in a kind of chronological order: from the origin of the world, to the titans and the Olympian gods and then we have the creation of men and then various stories of specific individuals, like King Midas, Hercules, Perseus etc. There is quite a large variety of stories in the book. The stories included in this book are:The Creation of the WorldThe First GodsThe War of the Gods against the TitansThe Olympus- Residence of the GodsApollo and He(...)

literary

YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY: Israel


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 2): The Eye of Ulam

The second in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. Nico is competing in the World Surfing Championships against a surfer named Hercules, when help is requested by their Duryllium friend Icon, who is in the midst of a battle with his brother Vidor over the throne of their kingdom. They find and save Icon, who has been blinded and left for dead on the battlefield and take him to a gingerbread cottage in the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: Australia


Terry Denton

Story Maze (Series, Book 6): The Obelisk of Eno

The sixth book in the Storymaze series follows the surfing adventures of Nico, Claudia and Mikey through parallel worlds and across the universe. The story begins with yet another attempt by protagonist Nico to win the surfing world championship on the planet Ganymede. This time he is confident of victory given that his main rival, Hercules, has been sent to the Underworld to retrieve Cerberus. By some twist of travelling fate they accidentally arrive on the reverse of Ganymede, the planet Edemy(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


Josef Hill, Elena Paige

Taki and Toula Time Travelers (Series, Book 1): Hercules Finds his Courage

In the first installment of this time-traveling series, two modern day Greek children from Crete, Toula (8 yr old girl) and Taki (6 yr old boy) find strange traditional Greek shoes called tsarouhia in their mother’s chest. They find out that wearing these shoes enable them to time-travel to ancient Greece. In this book, they arrive to find a frightened man hiding from a large bull. The children help him by calming the bull with some food. The man reveals to them that he is Hercules and tha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Australia


Natallia Bashava , Siarheĭ Kavalioŭ , Kanstantsin Veranitsyn

Taras on Parnassus [Тарас на Парнасе]

This play is a presentation of the classic Belarusian poem Taras on Parnassus.To meet the needs of the production, the dramatist integrates the events of Taras’ family life into the plot of the classic poem Taras on Parnassus (Taras, a forester, got lost in the woods while hunting and found himself at Mount Parnassus, where he met the pantheon of ancient gods). The daughter of Taras and Paraska is getting married, but her father does not approve of her fiancé. According to the idea (...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: Belarus


Kanstantsin Veranitsyn

Taras on Parnassus [Тарас на Парнасе]

After a long usual journey through the forest, Taras, the forester, the main protagonist and narrator of the poem, falls into a pit and finds himself on at the base of Mount Parnassus. A little Cupid (“curly-headed, like a sheep” with a quiver of arrows and a hefty bow) guides him to the top. Taras passes a large group of writers climbing the mountain (he notices that not everyone is allowed to enter) and finally gets to the top where he realizes that he is surrounded by Greek gods w(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Russian Empire


William Terence Deary, Dave Smith, Michael Tickner

Terry Deary's Best Ever Greek Legends (1st published as: Top Ten Greek Legends)

This is a collection of humorous retellings of myths for children designed to introduce them to Greek mythology and to ancient culture more broadly. Many of the stories are told from unusual perspectives and they are delivered in a variety of literary forms and fonts.Contents:Introduction.Legend 1: Zeus. Hera's Tale. The myth of Io told with Hera narrating events from her perspective.Fantastic Facts 1: 10 Best Victims. Summaries of myths of: Semele, Aphrodite, Echo, Nemesis, Europa, Danae, T(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014 / 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Estudio Haus , Blake Hoena

The 12 Labors of Hercules: A Graphic Retelling

This is a graphic novel retelling of the myth of Hercules. It opens with Hercules as a grown man, ordered to serve king Eurystheus and it ends with Hercules being turn into a constellation of stars. The novel contains notes titled “ancient facts” and also a glossary, a further reading and websites and an index. The reason behind the labours is briefly stated at the beginning (4): in her jealousy, Hera drove Hercules mad with rage. In his madness, Hercules killed his wife and chi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Robert Baxter, I. M. Richardson

The Adventures of Hercules

This is a picture book for an older audience. On each page we have a labour of Hercules with a water-color like illustration, thus we have a narration and illustrations of all 12 labours. The language is aimed at young adults rather than small children. The illustration are also not naïve but in a more adult style. The story follows Hercules from his infantry and the killing of the snakes, then we arrive at his adulthood (killing a lion, helping the king of Thebes, and killing his family) a(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jose Alfonso Ocampo Ruiz , Martin Powell

The Adventures of Hercules

In five comic book chapters, Martin Powell tells the story of Hercules and his adventures through the medium of a comic. With a page-length section ‘About Hercules’ prefacing the comic, the story is focussed on the retelling of Hercules’ adventures by a sixth-century Ithacan man to his grandchildren. The first chapter, entitled ‘Son of Zeus,’ details the vanquishing of the seemingly invulnerable Nemean Lion by Hercules and then the subsequent second labour, the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Stephen Cartwright, Claudia Zeff

The Amazing Adventures of Hercules (Usborne Young Reading Series. Series 2)

This illustrated storybook is written with deliberately simple language for those learning to read. It belongs to a series that contains many examples of traditional myths and simplified versions of classic literature. The books tells the story of Hercules' youth and the famous Twelve Labours, divided into chapters as follows:Chapter 1. The Jealous Goddess. Chapter 2. The Tasks Begin. Chapter 3. A Stag and a Boar. Chapter 4. Rivers and Birds. Chapter 5. Bulls and Hor(...)

literary

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Yulian Kalisher, Nikolai Karetnikov , Yunna Morits

The Birth of Heracles [Рождение Геракла]

This is a stop-motion animation, it starts with the depiction of stars and constellations and a poem about the greatness of ancient Greeks who had exceptional astronomical knowledge. Story of Heracles is shown as a fable about stars. The movie centers on the conflict between Hera and Alcmene. Hera as a ruthless and almighty goddess wants to start a war between humans and gods. For this purpose she sends monsters to Earth (Hydra, Cerberus, the Nemean lion). At that time Alcmene gives birth t(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Samuel Mills

The Fire Bringer

This is a retelling of the Prometheus myth told in a novel format, using a framework of a didactic opportunity in which Prometheus teaches his pupils about the origin of humanity while the gods are preparing to transition from their Greek to Roman personas. Peppered between Prometheus’ lessons are moments where Zeus sets his sites on Chastia, a young girl, and attempts to charm her by taking on different forms and capturing her. Each time Prometheus, in the guise of something else, stops h(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nira Harel, Lidia Rivlin

The Flying Wondrous Horse: Stories From the Greek Mythology [Sus haPele HaMeufef: sipurim meamitologia hayevanit סוס הפלא המעופף: סיפורים מהמיתולוג ה היוונית]

The book offers a selection of stories with pictures which present the rich world of the classical Greek mythology to young Israeli readers, in a clear and simple language. The book opens with a short introduction of Greek mythology. It also contains a glossary for the different characters at the end. The stories which appear in this book are:What is Mythology? The Pomegranate SeedThe Fire ThiefMidas' Golden TouchThe King has Donkey EarsThe Narcissus FlowerThe Amazing Winged HorseT(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: Israel


Henry Lion Oldie

The Grandson of Perseus. Book 1: My Grandfather is Exterminator [Внук Персея Книга первая: Мой дедушка - Истребитель]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the rare versions of myths of Perseus and Amphitryon, aimed at young adults, in novel format. Prequel to the novel A Hero Must Be Alone, published 17 years before by the same authors. The novel tells about the childhood and youth of Amphitryon and his exploits, preceded the birth of Hercules.The plot of the first book (My Grandfather Is Exterminator, 2011) evolves around sibling rivalry and ideological confrontation between two sons of Zeus from mortal w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Russia


Robert Ingpen, Maurice Saxby

The Great Deeds of Superheroes

Five hero tales from Greek myth are included in this collection. In addition to being listed first, the size of the Greek section overshadows that of the other cultures, which feature at most two stories (or in the case of the Old English section, three tales). Each of the five heroes from Ancient Greece is endowed with a descriptive title. Perseus is ‘the Fearless’, Heracles ‘the Strong One’, Theseus ‘the Daring and the Bold’, Jason ‘the Voyager’,(...)

literary

YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY: Australia


Salva Espin, Clayton Henry, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente

The Incredible Hercules: Love and War (Series, Books 121- 125/ Book 3)

The series explores the adventures of Hercules and his companion, the teenage Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest person in the world. The setting is semi sci-fi in which Atlantis is the main city. It is part of the Marvel universe. In the current issue Hercules and Amadeus are fighting a fierce gang of deadly amazons who declare was on Atlantis and kidnap Amadeus Cho.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Janka Maŭr

The Journey to Hell: a Fairy Tale [Падарожжа ў пекла: байка]

The Journey to Hell is a satirical anti-religious fable in 7 parts. It describes adventures of two Soviet pioneers in a mythological Hell which combines ancient, Christian, and traditional Slavic features and topoi. The fable starts with a short introduction providing basic information about Hell as present in the collective consciousness and some quantitative data cited after quasi-scientific Soviet sources and books on religious themes, including The Divine Comedy by Dante. The introduction is(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Oren Sherman, Joan D. Vinge

The Random House Book of Greek Myths

This is an anthology book for children which presents the key figures and stories from classical mythology. The retellings are generally fairly standard versions of the myths, with some unusual details included from ancient versions, such as Medea’s resolution to kill her children (although this is not carried out). This is a rare version in which Pandora has a jar not a box. The chapters are lightly illustrated with intense, bold and dark colour illustrations drawing influence from Greek (...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United States of America


Robert (Bob) Blaisdell, Althea (Thea) Kliros

The Story of Hercules (in Easy-to-Read Type)

Hercules narrates his story, beginning with his birth as the mortal son of a god. He talks of how he was child prodigy in warfare, but failed at learning music. After killing the teacher that belittles him about failing at music, Hercules goes out into the world to learn what he can. After Hera challenges Zeus to prove Hercules is worthy of being immortal, Hercules jumps at the opportunity and completes twelve labours.  (...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United States of America


Croteam , Tom Jubert , Jonas Kyratzes

The Talos Principle

In The Talos Principle, the main character wakes up to find a peaceful but ruined world. An unknown voice, who later says he is Elohim, speaks to you, the player, and instructs you to complete a series of puzzles he has created for you (consisting of lasers, pressure pads, “Reflectors”, “Hexahedrons”, Enemies, amongst other features) so that you collect “sigils” and therefore ascend to the next realm. However, it also advises you not to climb the tower; later (...)

electronic

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Online


Robert Newman

The Twelve Labors of Hercules

This is a retelling of the myth of Hercules, aimed at teenage children, in novel format. At the end of the book there is an alphabetic list of characters of humans/ non-humans and a short explanation of each.The story begins with Hercules’ birth and Hera tricking Zeus to bless Eurystheus instead of Hercules with the reign over Mycenae. Having realized that he was trapped, Zeus promises that nevertheless “Hercules will perform deeds so glorious that his name will be remembered forever(...)

literary

YEAR: 1972

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sarah Coghill

The Twelve Labors of Hercules

Sarah Coghill relates the twelve tasks of Hercules in a simple, unembellished format. She takes the twelve labors and, in twelve chapters, details the challenges which Hercules faces in accomplishing his tasks. Without stinting on detail, Coghill methodically works through the tasks, providing information on relevant details of Hercules adventures as she goes.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011


Geraldine McCaughrean

Theseus

The book unfolds the adventurous life of the Athenian hero Theseus from his birth to his old age. We learn of his different exploits and acts of bravery (slaying giants, fighting the Minotaur), as well as his mistakes and flawed relationship with others (the Amazon queen Hippolyta, his son). Through the story of Theseus expedition to Crete, to fight the Minotaur, two more characters are introduced, Daedalus and Icarus. Their story, especially their fatal flight is interwoven with Theseus’ (...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United States of America


Emilia Dziubak, Barbara Kosmowska

Tru

The story is about a hare called Tru who lives in a town divided into two distinct districts: a rich and a poor one. Tru, as an inhabitant of the latter, is unable to buy expensive gadgets so he decides to invent them. With his new machines, toys and vehicles, he manages to erase the differences between rich and poor communities.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Poland


Aleksei Bitskoff, Maz Evans

Who Let the Gods Out? (Series, Book 2): Simply The Quest

Simply The Quest picks up the story of Elliot and his mortal and immortal companions, a few months after the end of Who Let The Gods Out. In this instalment, the English boy Elliot Hooper’s troubles seem to haunt him still. Thanatos reawakens and wishes to get the Earth stone Elliot managed to take a hold off last time. Elliot’s mother is still sick, his history teacher is still out to get him and a mysterious incident on Christmas Eve has left the gods on house arrest.&nbs(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Andrew Dettmann, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Daniel Truly

Young Hercules

The Young Hercules franchise (cf. the 1998 serial of the same name, starring Ryan Gosling) is a spin-off/prequel to the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys franchise. The Young Hercules film also serves as a prequel to the Young Hercules serial (see here) and thus seeks to establish the main characters who appear in this latter production (i.e. Hercules, Iolaus, Jason, Ares, Discord and Cheiron). The narrative of the Young Hercules film is a re-telling of Jason and the Argonauts’ voyage to ob(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert

Young Hercules (Series)

The Young Hercules franchise (cf. the 1998 direct-to-video film of the same name, starring Ian Bohen) is intended as a spin-off/prequel to the Hercules: the Legendary Journeys franchise (henceforth, HTLJ) and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess (XWP). The Young Hercules television serial follows on from the film’s conclusion, exploring Hercules’ adventures as a teenager during his time at the academy of the centaur Cheiron (a sort of training/finishing school for warriors and heroes(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


John Dougherty , Georgien Overwater

Zeus Sorts It Out

Zeus Sorts It Out is a chapter-book with illustrations, the third in a series of stories about a boy named Alex who has accidentally summoned Zeus, king of the gods, into his life, through a classroom project. In Zeus Sorts It Out, Alex and his friend Charlie are being bullied by Eric Lees. When Eric puts Charlie’s head in the toilet, Charlie calls for help from Zeus. Zeus commandeers the boys’ toilets as his temple, demanding veneration and sacrifices from the boys, who try to persu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom