Favorite Homeschool Resources {Greek Mythology}

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Do you study mythology in your homeschool? How about Greek mythology specifically? While we enjoy and appreciate tales from various cultures, we find that our Greek mythology resources tend to be our favorites. 

Years ago I had this idea to introduce mythology to the Agents as part of our homeschooling. I figured we would take maybe a semester—or two, tops—read some cool stories, discuss their similarities and differences, and move on. 

However, they found mythology way more interesting and entertaining than I ever imagined. Basically since then we have never stopped incorporating these tales into our studies. Mythology is now a regular subject on our agenda, like language arts or history. 

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I am not exactly sure when {or why} Greek mythology resources became our preferred, but over the years we have read more ancient Greek stories than other mythologies we have introduced. We have loved the following titles in particular, and hope you will, too.

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First, a Few General Titles

Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters 
M Is for Monster: A Fantastic Creatures Alphabet
Mythology {DK Eyewitness Book} 
Mythology: Oh My! Gods and Goddesses 

While each of these does include names and places specific to Greek mythology, they do not solely focus on it. These books introduce myriad characters, covering a wide variety of gods, goddesses, mythical creatures, and fantastical beings. A great place to start if you aren’t sure what direction you want to take or what types of mythologies might interest you and your students most.

Best Greek Mythology Overview

Treasury of Greek Mythology

This book by Donna Jo Napoli {she also authors Egyptian and Norse versions} is beautifully illustrated and uses flowing, poetic language to tell each story. It covers about two dozen “key characters” while also providing sidebars with additional information to help tie everything together. 

The collection of biographies and stories presented here makes an excellent starting point for diving into Greek mythology resources specifically. 

Other Good Starting Points

Greek Mythology {Junior Genius Guide} by Ken Jennings {Yes, the Jeopardy champion.}
Weird But True Know-It-All Greek Mythology
Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet

These books present lots of great information in nontraditional ways. Great overviews for learning about the key people and events, and appropriate for all ages.

Individual Biographies of Gods and Goddesses 

Athena
Cyclopes 
Odysseus
Poseidon
Zeus

A few sample selections from Blake Hoena’s World Mythology series. Brief introductory texts appropriate for younger students as well.

Mythology Rocks! 

Gods and Goddesses in Greek Mythology Rock! 
Heroes in Greek Mythology Rock!

The Mythology Rocks! books offer re-tellings of various mythological tales with commentary from academics who study the specific mythology. We have only read the Greek mythology titles, but the series also includes African, Chinese, and Celtic, mythology. 

Ancient Greek Mythology

The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology
The Heroes and Mortals of Greek Mythology
The Monsters and Creatures of Greek Mythology 

These books in the ancient greek mythology series were a hit with the Agents. They have more of a graphic novel style and feel. 

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Homer’s Epic Poems

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Gillian Cross

Of course no post about Greek mythology resources would be complete without mentioning these two stories. We love the re-tellings of the Trojan war {The Iliad} and the travels of Odysseus {The Odyssey} by both authors. Each book has short chapters, plenty of illustrations, and were a hit for both elementary and middle school. 

Note that The Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff linked above is the exact edition we read, although it no longer appears to be available at a reasonable cost. Both books by Sutcliff, however, are available as mass market paperbacks as well; find The Iliad here and The Odyssey here.

The Gillian Cross editions also come as a box set and the two together in one volume

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Fiction Selections We Love

Goddess Girls
Heroes in Training
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Heroes of Olympus
The Trials of Apollo 
The Epic Adventures of Odysseus 
Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece

A few fictional series the Agents have enjoyed. The first five stories place Greek gods and goddesses in modern environments with modern problems. The last two are choose your own adventure style books.


Books About Life in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece and the Olympics {Magic Tree House Research Guide}
Art and Religion in Ancient Greece 
Things About Ancient Greece You Wouldn’t Want to Know 
You Wouldn’t Want To Be a Greek Athlete 
You Wouldn’t Want To Be a Slave in Ancient Greece

Additional books we have read about life in ancient Greece. {We highly recommend all of the books in the You Wouldn’t Want To Be series.}

Have you used any of these Greek mythology resources in your homeschooling? Leave your own recommendations in the comments. And don’t forget to check out the other posts in our favorite homeschool resources series.

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    1. Valerie
      Valerie

      You are very welcome. I hope you find something you like. ❤️

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    Katy Emanuel

    Looked through this list with my children and we have already requested them at our library. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Valerie
      Valerie

      I hope you enjoy them, Katy. Thanks for stopping by. ❤️

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