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Since the Golden Age of the Greek and Roman empires, literature has been a tool used to tell stories about gods and how our world came to be what it is now. Throughout history, cultures from around the world have had distinct characteristics, values and events that reflect and make their culture special. Mythology in general has been one of the most used sources for various productions and literary works, including novels (Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which is a modern take on classical greek mythology), encyclopedias and poems (Homer's The Illiad).

Various mythical characters like the MInotaur are used in modern literature, stating creatures like it, were not real but rather a literary interpretation of man's inner beast and it's constant struggle to suppress it.

There is also encyclopedic and collected material like the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda, which are a compilation of poems and lays containing the records of adventures and tragedies which featured Norse deities.

The following is a list of literary works based on the various classes of mythology, or made by ancient writers as account or records of events.

General mythologyEdit

Title Writer(s) Myth basis Publication date Description
Mythology Edith Hamilton May 1, 2013

Greek mythologyEdit

Title Writer(s) Myth basis Publication date Description
D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire General September 19, 1962
Jason and the Golden Fleece James Riordan and Jason Cockcroft Jason and the Argonauts
Illium Dan Simmons 2003
Last of the Amazons Steven Pressfield Theseus and the Amazons 2002
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes Edith Hamilton August 1, 1999
Olympos Dan Simmons 2005
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Complete World of Greek Mythology Richard Buxton June 28, 2004
The Firebrand Marion Zimmer Bradley 1987
The Greek Myths
The King Must Die Mary Renault 1958
The Last Olympian The last book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians' series of novels.
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The book was adapted into a motion picture in 2010, and also a graphic novel.
The Lost Hero
The Mark of Athena
The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune
The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan

Norse mythologyEdit

  • Poetic Edda
  • Prose Edda

GalleryEdit

General mythology

Greek mythology

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