Are there any good books with Greek mythological characters?

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  1. JD

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    I love Greek mythology and lately I've been in the mood for a modern novel with Greek mythological elements in it. The only ones I know of right now are the Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus series, and some other Something of Chaos series I found will looking around on wikipedia. But, I read a review that said the Something of Chaos deal with alot of submission/dominance kinda stuff, and I am not into that. Are there any others that are worth reading?
     
  2. Hound of UIster

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    Mary Renault's the King Must Die/Bull From the Sea is about Theseus King of Athens

    Also Incredible Hercules 113-141 by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lethe is a very good comic books series about Hercules in the modern world as a superhero.

    Also the Iliad by Homer, it's great poem. The prose translation is very good too.
     
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    Re: Are good books with Greek mythological characters?

    Are good books with Greek mythological characters?


    Steak.
     
  4. Nerys Myk

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    Olympos and Ilium by Dan Simmons.
     
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    Quoted for truth. An epic SF duology featuring practically all the characters of the Illiad. Achilles and Odysseus in particular are great characters in the novels.
     
  6. Darth_Daver

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    So if Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion is right now among my top 5 scifi books ever, you say I should read Olympos and Ilium as well? :vulcan:
     
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    Um, why the :vulcan:? It's not like you posted earlier in this thread stating your love for the Simmon's books.
     
  8. Darth_Daver

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    Okay, I guess these smileys don't convey my "funny vulcan face" :) sorry :)
     
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    Soldier of the Mist and its sequels by Gene Wolfe...
     
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    The Incredible Hercules
     
  11. JD

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    I realized when I started the thread that I wanted to open this up to comics too, there seem to be quite a few with alot of mythological stuff in them. Doesn't Wonder Woman also have some of the Greek Gods in it?
     
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    Yes, the Amazons and her mother Hippolyte are characters from the Greek Myths. Her powers are gifts from the Gods.
     
  13. Hound of UIster

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    Dan Simmons is sadly another writer that went crazy after 9/11.

    Ilium was good. Everything fell apart in Olympos and he played to some of the worst right wing muslim cliches.
     
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    I liked the first one VERY much.

    The second was a HUUUGGGGEE disappointment.
     
  15. JD

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    I was looking around at the DC comics Amazons, and I saw there was one named Artemis who took the Wonder Woman title for a while. So is she the Goddess or just an Amazon named after the Goddess?
     
  16. Christopher

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    Actually it's Fred Van Lente, but "Van Lethe" is a nice Freudian slip for a thread about Greek myths. ;)


    Okay, between these two posts, I'm confused. Which one was the first and which was second? Are you two agreeing or disagreeing about which one was better?


    She's Artemis of the Bana-Mighdall, a tribe of Amazons. She was named after the goddess, just as the original Wonder Woman, Princess Diana of Themyscira, was named after the Roman counterpart of the same goddess.

    However, I believe Diana's mother Hippolyta, at least in some versions, is the same Hippolyta whom Herakles battled in myth (although in the myths, Herc killed her).
     
  17. Professor Zoom

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    The person I was replying to had them in reverse publication order. Illium is first, then Olympos.

    Illium sets up a REALLY interesting universe and mysteries, but then... Olympos... just sort of craps on it.

    If the first book didn't end on a cliff hanger, I would recommend it. I rarely sell books back, but, these, I quickly removed from my shelves.
     
  18. JD

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    Has anyone read The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley? I remember that my sister had it right around the time that I first started learning about Greek Mythology and the Illiad in school, but she moved out before I ever got around to reading it.
     
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    Another writer? I'm curious, is there a list about who you'd say lost it like that after 9/11?