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9 Great Books About Mythology

Before such epic stories like Harry Potter, or the works of Charles Dickens, or before even Shakespeare put his quill to parchment, there were the stories of the gods. In fact, works like Harry Potter, or Shakespeare, wouldn’t exist without these myths. Myths existed to explain how many things in the world came to be. It’s a custom throughout cultures all over.

In many cultures, there were mythological gods. And they weren’t always very nice. Take the Greek and Roman mythology gods. (Yes, the Romans co-opted several Greek gods, but not all of them.) Their gods were often vengeful, jealous deities, behaving like vicious, petulant little children. They were forever spying on humans, and tricking them, all for their own amusement. Still, their stories are wildly fascinating, and the source of thousands of works throughout the years. You could say they inspired fanfiction.

How many mythology stories are you familiar with? I bet Juno more than you realize. Whether you’re interested in learning about different mythologies or looking to brush up on them, Hera several books about mythology, plus some fabulous cards, to get you started.

 

 

Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch 

Another classic of mythology, this one from the 19th century. It collects Bulfinch’s works The Age of Fable, or Stories of Gods and Heroes, The Age of Chivalry, or Legends of King Arthur, and Legends of Charlemagne, or Romance of the Middle Ages.

 

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

A recent addition to the world of wonderful books about mythology. This one explores Norse mythology, with such familiar characters as Odin, Thor, and Loki. It’s written by Gaiman, the bestselling, award-winning author of such myth-inspired books as American Gods and Sandman.

 

The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK

And last, but not least, a look at eighty of the world’s greatest myths and characters, from the gods of Greek mythology to the Norse heroes, retold and explained with DK’s signature graphic-filled pages.

 

 

Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.